Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Here it is our last haiku by Shiki and I have chosen to use his deathpoem, his Jisei. It's his very last haiku he wrote before he died as was a common use in classical Japan. I think in our time there will be also haiku-poets who write a last haiku before they die, but I don't know that for sure.
Shiki also wrote his death-poem and there is a nice story about that moment ... I love to share that here with you.
|Shiki on his sick bed|
Hekigoto was very touched when Shiki began to write the poem. Shiki was so weak, and desperately coughing, but he still had a determination to write these haiku.
sponge gourd has bloomed
choked by phlegm
a departed soul
© Masaoka Shiki
As I read the above story I thought that I also wish to share a haiku by Hekigoto (1873-1937), but I didn't know haiku written by him. So I had to sought out the Internet and I ran into the next haiku written by Hekigoto.
I throw water into the lake -
slight muddiness appears
not a thing
|Credits: Dew (awesome websit with wallpapers)|
evaporates in the early sunlight -
spirit climbs to the sky
Hm ... I don't know ... but I like it ...
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 31st at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, a new Ghost Writer post, later on. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all.