Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a joy ... we are busy with our first anniversary month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and today I have the opportunity to provide you my prompt (especially for this festive month) Desert Island. What would you take with you to a desert island? I gave it some thought and if I had the opportunity to go to a desert island I would take with me for sure enough paper and pencils to write haiku, haibun and other poetry. Next to that I would take enough books to read and (if possible) music.
As I was preparing this episode the story of Robinson Crusoe (by Daniel Defoe) cam in my mind and I love to share that story with you. It's one of the greatest novels I have ever read, next to of course Basho's "Narrow Road".
Did you know that the original title of Robinson Crusoe was an extreme long one? Here it follows, the original title: "The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates." (Source: Wikipedia)
The story in short goes as follows:
More years pass and Crusoe discovers native cannibals, who occasionally visit the island to kill and eat prisoners. At first he plans to kill them for committing an abomination but later realizes he has no right to do so, as the cannibals do not knowingly commit a crime. He dreams of obtaining one or two servants by freeing some prisoners; when a prisoner escapes, Crusoe helps him, naming his new companion "Friday" after the day of the week he appeared. Crusoe then teaches him English and converts him to Christianity.
Before the Spaniards return, an English ship appears; mutineers have commandeered the vessel and intend to maroon their captain on the island. Crusoe and the ship's captain strike a deal in which Crusoe helps the captain and the loyal sailors retake the ship and leave the worst mutineers on the island. Before embarking for England, Crusoe shows the mutineers how he survived on the island and states that there will be more men coming. Crusoe leaves the island 19 December 1686 and arrives in England on 11 June 1687. He learns that his family believed him dead; as a result, he was left nothing in his father's will. Crusoe departs for Lisbon to reclaim the profits of his estate in Brazil, which has granted him much wealth. In conclusion, he transports his wealth overland to England to avoid travelling by sea. Friday accompanies him and, en route, they endure one last adventure together as they fight off famished wolves while crossing the Pyrenees. (Source: Wikipedia)
in the midst of the ocean
like Robinson Crusoe -
to sit against while writing -
the sound of waves