Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a day I have today, I am busy tearing of the wallpaper of one of the sleeping rooms. We are going to renovate it and change it in a room for our grandkids where they can play, chill and can sleep. It's a strong piece of labour and as I looked at the mirror my hair, clothes and feet were all covered with pieces of wallpaper. So I looked like a scarecrow (smiles).
Today our prompt is Kakashi (scarecrow) and I can recall another episode of Carpe Diem in which I used a scarecrow for prompt. I think it was somewhere in March, in another month of classical kigo, but that I don't know for sure.
Let us look at Kakashi sometimes referred to as "little people". With all the crows and sparrows around, we need these useful "little people" in our fields. They come in many forms nowadays, usually made from sticks, straw and old cloths. A scary face is often painted on a white sack. Some villages have scarecrow festival and competitions,
even facing a scarecrow
sukumo-bi ya kagashi no hate mo yû keburi
a scarecrow also ends up
in evening's smoke
kagashi tatte mochi naki ie wa nakari keri
a house without rice cakes
can't be found
waga hô e mukete shigururu kagashi kana
in the cold rain...
paddy field --
how unaware! How useful!
borrowing the sleeve of the scarecrow --
|Credits: Enchanting scarecrow
the scarecrows secure the fields --
the cry of a crow
resonates through the mountains --
scarecrow tumbles down