Saturday, August 16, 2014

Carpe Diem's Little Creatures #1 Issa's "giddy grasshopper"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

To honor all those little creatures, like flees, bugs, ants and so on, I have created a new feature here at our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. As haiku-poets we are in the middle of nature and we all observe the most tiny things (flowers, insects and so on) on Mother Earth's surface and above her surface.
Basho and Issa were haiku-poets who watched closely to their surroundings and wrote/composed haiku about those little creatures, those tiny little things in nature.

This new feature is meant to be for those tiny creatures, flowers and so on and to learn us all to watch more closely to the details, those wonderful details, of Mother Nature. For example I have found a nice haiku by Issa about a Grasshopper (thanks Jen for pointing me to that haiku):

giddy grasshopper
take not leap and crush
these pearls of dewdrop

© Issa (source)
Credits: Grasshopper
Or what do you think of this one by Basho:
how pitiful!
underneath the helmet
a cricket chirping.
© Basho (Tr. Ueda)
The goal of this new feature is to write haiku about little creatures and maybe for this episode you can compose a Grasshopper or Cricket haiku. The deeper goal is of course to look more closer to your surroundings.
Here is my "Little Creatures" haiku:
deep silence
this lazy summer evening -
song of a cricket
© Chèvrefeuille 
Credits: Cricket
This first episode of this new "Little Creatures" feature is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Saturday August 23th at noon. For now have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai.

1 comment:

  1. Hooray! This is so exciting! A wonderful new feature, Chèvrefeuille! :)

    All the best to you --