Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Our journey along the poetry of the ''big-five'' has started and after a haiku by Basho and Chiyo-Ni, I love to share a haiku by Yosa Buson. Buson was inspired by the work of Basho and he (Buson) didn't create an own style, as Basho and Issa did,. Next to being a haiku-poet Buson was also a great painter. For example: Buson has illustrated one of the first printed haibun of Basho ''Oku-No-Hosomichi'' or ''The Narrow Road Into The Deep North''. So in a way Buson and Basho are connected.
The haiku which I love to share here is possibly one of those verses which Buson composed through his imagination, not as the result of an experience. Buson is thinking of the water running over a ford. He sees clearly the whorl of fine sand and muddy water that rises and swirls away where something has disturbed the bed of the stream. What should have disturbed it that is in harmony with the water of spring? He thinks of the soft and weary feet of a woman traveller who is fording the stream. These are in deep accord with the spring, its gentle warmth and unintellectual activity; with the water, the female element of nature, with the turbidity of it.
ashiyowa no watarite nigoru haru no mizu
wading through it,
her feet muddied
the spring water
|Credits: The Spring Water|
And this is my attempt to compose a haiku in that same tone, sense and spirit as the one by Buson:
her soft feet
I feel close to mine -
Another attempt which came in mind is the following:
whispers through the valley -
winter has gone
That last one is my favorite ... it's more in the same spirit as the one by Buson I think, but that second is also more spiritual ...
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 6th at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, our first haiku by Kobayashi Issa, later on. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your inspired haiku with us all.
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