Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Carpe Diem Special # 113, Shiba Sonome's 4th "longing for someone"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to present to you the 4th haiku by Shiba Sonome, our featured haiku poetess. She has not a lot of haiku left behind, but the haiku are all beauties. Here is her haiku for your inspiration (and mine):

longing for someone
I sit by the gate and draw
eyebrows on a melon

© Shiba Sonome

A beauty I think suits the time of the year well i think, as i read this haiku i felt loneliness and longing, but i also thought of Halloween ... Could have been written for Halloween, but instead of pumpkin she uses melon ...
As i read this haiku at first i thought of a haiku by Basho, Sonome's master and her friend.

after the storm
only the melons
don't remember

© Basho

Credits: Watermelon and Melon

And one by Yozakura:

feeling alone
lost in the woods around Edo -
just the autumn wind

© Yozakura

In both these haiku, by Basho and Yozakura, i sense loneliness and longing. Both sound also desparate ... The sadness is very strong in these haiku ... all three have lost loved ones and are longing for them.
Will not be easy to compose a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one by Sonome, but (of course) i have to try.

in front of the fireplace
an empty bottle and broken wine glasses
after the quarrel

© Chėvrefeuille

Credits: Broken Wine Glass

Well .... now it's up to you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers, to write an all new haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the one by Sonome. Have fun!

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 25th at noon (CET). I will publish our next episode, Vladivostok (January 2014), later on.

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