Sunday, November 2, 2014

Carpe Die #597, Kudzu (or Arrowroot)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today our third (sacred) autumn flower, Kudzu, is our prompt. Kudzu is not only a wonderful plant with gorgeous purple flowers, but it is also one of the most used herbs in traditional Chinese Medicine. It's one of the 50 most used herbs in Chinese medicine and it is used for several kinds of illnesses e.g. migraine and vertigo. So it's really a sacred autumn flower

Credits Kudzu
I found a haiku with Kudzu (or Arrowroot) in it written by Nishimoto Itto (1907-1991)

satomiya mo Togakushi michi mo kuzu no aki

at the village shrine
and at the road to Mount Togakushi -
arrowroot in autumn 

© Nishimoto Itto (1907 - 1991)

And another one by Issa:

waga kaki ya uki yo no kuzu no hana-zakari

my fence--
the floating world's arrowroot
in full bloom

© Issa

I have tried to find more haiku on Kudzu, but there are not much haiku about this Sacred Autumn Flower. So you have to do it with these two.

Here is my attempt:

dew shimmers
on the purple flowers of Kudzu -
leaves fall

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope you did like this post and that it will inspire you tou towrite your own haiku on Kudzu or Arrowroot. This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 5th at noon (CET). I will (try to) post our next episode, our first CD-Special by Tomas Tranström, later on. For now ... have fun!

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