Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's my pleasure to present to you our first prompt of our new month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, November. The first seven (regular) prompts will be the seven sacred autumn flowers and today the first of those sacred autumn flowers is Bush Clover (Hagi).
“The loneliness Of autumn on the beach More even than that of Suma In the surf Mingled with small shells Petals of the bush clover” (Matsuo Basho; The Small Road Into the Deep North)
|Credits: (Japanese) Bush Clover (Hagi)|
to get wet
by passing a man is interesting
bush clover in rain
not spilling the glistening dew,
the bush clover,
yuujo no onajiyane no moto de amarini moga nemutte iru hagi to tsuki
under the same roof
courtesans, too, are asleep --
bush clover and the moon
|Credits: Bush Clover (Hagi) Woodblock Print|
hagi no me ya hito ga shiraneba shika ga kuu
bush clover sprouting--
when people aren't looking
the deer eats
yase hagi ya bukuri-bukuri to chiri ni keri
barren bush clover--
softly, softly its blooms
ashimotono akino oboroya hagino hana
the autumn haze
at my feet--
kogitsuneno nanni musekemu kohagihara
what made him cough--
in a field with bush clover?
|Credits: Hagi (Bush Clover) woodblock print 1840|
All wonderful haiku ... can it be possible to write all new haiku after all these beauties? Let me give it a try ...
bush clover spreads
my garden becomes a purple sea -
autumn dew shimmers
Hm ... not a strong one, but I like it ... This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 3rd at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode, Miscanthus, later on.