!! I have a busy weekend so I will publish our new episode, the one for next Monday already today, but it's open for your submissions Sunday night at 7.00 PM (CET). I know it's not the regular way for me to do that, but ... well ... sometimes there is no reason ... only the lack of time. So forgive me that I post this episode earlier (much earlier) than I normally do !!
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
This CDHK-month is a celebration of haiku by the classic ''big five'', Basho, Chiyo-Ni, Buson, Issa and Shiki. We had had a haiku by every one of the ''big-five'' and today we start with the second round of haiku by these five great haiku-poets.
|Credits: Statue of Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
te ni tora ba kie n namida zo atsuki aki no shimo
if taken into my hand
melting in the heat of tears
© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
As was common in those times this haiku had a preface:
''At the beginning of September I came back home. I was already long since my mother had died. The grass in front of mother's room had withered in the frost. Everything had changed. The hair of my brother and sisters (Basho had a brother, an elder sister and three younger sisters) was white and they had wrinkles between their eyebrows. We could only say, 'we are fortunate to be still alive'. Nothing more. My elder brother opened an amulet case and said reverently to me, 'Look, at mother's white hair. You have came back after such a long time. So this is like the Tamate Box of Urashima Taro. Your eyebrows have become white'. We wept for a while and then I composed this verse.
Note: The Tamate Box of Urashima Taro, is an ancient Japanese folktale which we have encountered last May. Click on the ''reddish link'' to read that story again.
|Credits: Autumn Frost
the ripe melts
melts in the early sunlight
|Credits: Frost on Bare Branches
on bare branches
thrown into the old pond
in an eye blink it's gone
the shortness of life, the sound of water -
Not a strong ''impromptu''-haiku, but I like it a lot ... I think it shows how short our life is and that we have to enjoy avery day given to us.
This episode is open for your submissions Sunday July 6th at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 9th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, our second haiku by Chiyo-Ni, later on. For now have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai.