Friday, October 17, 2014

Carpe Diem #584, Amanogawa (The Milky Way) September 2013 reprise

!! This episode will be published earlier, because of the nightshift !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Come on ... ! Let us go on along memory lane ... today we have arrived at September 2013. That month we had all classical kigo for autumn and the specials were by Mabson O Southard. It was really a challenging month than and I enjoyed all those wonderful responses.
The episode which is in the reprise today is Amanogawa (The Milky Way) and I recall that I wrote about the Mayan Mythology and their ideas about The Milky Way. You can find that episode HERE.

Logo Carpe Diem Haiku Kai September 2013

For today's episode I have found a few haiku written by haiku-poets (both classical and non-classical) with The Milky Way as theme.

For example this one by Basho (a very well known haiku):

ura umi ya sado ni yokotau ama no gawa

Turbulent the sea—
across to Sado stretches
the Milky Way

© Basho
Or this one by Jim Kacian traditional written as a one-line haiku:

beneath the Milky Way an evening soft with moths

And I found a haiku by Seisensui (a contemporary and disciple of Shiki) who composed the next haiku with the Milky Way theme:

the Milky Way too
has become intense
we said and parted

© Seisensui 
Credits: Milky Way

Or this one written by your host:
the path of heaven
lighted by thousands of stars -

© Chèvrefeuille

Or another one also composed by me:

the shining stars
of the Milky Way
looking like pearls
© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... all wonderful haiku I think and I hope that it will inspire you to write a haiku yourself with The Milky Way in the lead ...

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 20th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, The Lighthouse of Alexandria (October 2013), later on.


  1. the milky way
    is special to me
    it belongs to me

    I will let you all write about it and look forward to your poems:)

  2. Wow, moths and the milky way! Jim Kacian's one-line haiku is awesome!

  3. Oh rats! How'd I miss this mythology the first time around! Thanks for posting the link -- can't wait to check it out. Will be researching Seisensui and Mabson Southard too :) So much info here ----!

    Great (re)post :)

  4. Love the 'stars' looking like pearls! Beautiful haiku!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  5. Kristjaan,
    I really like the image of shining pearls... especially since natural pearls come in several shades and are not perfectly round. :) Just like all those stars!