Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I am impressed ... what a wonderful haiku I have read on Southard's first Special ... I am so glad that you all like the haiku by Southard and that you all even have tried to write your haiku in the classical style as Southard always did. I know that sometimes it isn't easy to write haiku with the 5-7-5 syllables structure, because it looks sometimes artificial. To me that's the reason why I don't write my haiku in that classical way ... it looks to artificial and counted, but of course it's a challenge to write haiku in that classical way.
Today our prompt is Amanogawa (Milky Way) and it's really a kigo for autumn, because the Milky Way is seen best in this time of year. There are a lot of stories about the Milky Way. I love to share a little bit of those stories here (with thanks to: http://www.authenticmaya.com/maya_astronomy.htm )
During the months of winter, when the so-called "Winter" Milky Way dominates the sky, it was called the "White Boned Serpent." This part of the Milky Way passed overhead at night during the dry season. It is not brilliant like the star clouds that dominate the sky North of the equator during the months of Summer, but observers at dark locations will easily see the glow. Here the Ecliptic crosses the Milky Way again, near the constellation of Gemini which was the approximate location of the Sun during Summer Solstice. It is possible that the jaws of the White-Boned Serpent were represented by the K'awak monster head. The Great Cycle in the Maya Cosmology, is a fifth and final cycle in the 26,000-year Precession of the Equinoxes, except that the Mayans measured it from the Winter Solstice instead of the Spring Equinox. "On 188.8.131.52.0, the December solstice sun will be found in the band of the Milky Way. We can call this an alignment between the galactic plane and the solstice meridian. This is an event that has slowly converged over a period of thousands of years, and is caused by the precession of the equinoxes. The place where the December solstice sun crosses the Milky Way is precisely the location of the "dark-rift in the Milky Way...'Xibalbá be' - the road to the underworld." , which the Maya called the Mouth of the Crocodile, (or jaguar-toad); the Crocodile Tree being the Milky Way itself.
at the deep blue nightsky
points out the way
lighted by thousands of stars -