!! This episode is published earlier than I normally do, because I am in the nightshift !!
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Today we are going on with the exploration of the Seven Sacred Autumn Flowers and today that's the Miscanthus a species of flowering grass, native to eastern Asia throughout most of China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. It is an herbaceous perennial grass, growing to 0.8–2 m (3–7 ft) tall, rarely 4 m (13 ft), forming dense clumps from an underground rhizome. The leaves are 18–75 cm (7–30 in) tall and 0.3–2 cm broad. The flowers are purplish, held above the foliage. This plant is the preferred structure for the nesting of some species of paper wasps, such as Ropalidia fasciata.
|Credits: Miscanthus Sinensis in Autumn
As I look at the Miscanthus it looks similar with pampasgrass, but it's more fragile. And it's one of the beloved Autumn flowers of the Japanese people.
I have sought for haiku about Miscanthus, but found only haiku written about Miscanthus by Basho. Of course I haven't sought every haiku-poet, but the "big-five" for sure. So here are the haiku by Basho which I have found:
inazuma ya kao no tokoro ga susuki no ho
through the face,
shiorashiki na ya komatsu fuku hagi susuki
a lovely name—
Little Pine, where the wind wafts
over bush clover and miscanthus
yuki chiru ya hoya no susuki no karinokoshi
miscanthus for the shrine hut
|Credits: Miscanthus or Susuki
tomokakumo narade ya yuki no kareobana
still alive—snow on
bashō uete mazu nikumu ogi no futaba kana
the first sign of something I loathe—
a miscanthus bud
All wonderful haiku written by Basho ... to come near to the beauty of these Miscanthus-haiku will not be easy, but I have to try of course.
Here is my attempt to write a haiku inspired on Miscanthus:
swaying in the breeze
like waves in the ocean
This above haiku is a re-written one which I have earlier posted in a post about pampasgrass and in this version it looks even greater ... according to the above photo Miscanthus looks like the ocean. Well .... I hope you are inspired too.This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 4th at noon (CET). I will (try to) post our next episode, Kudzu, later on today.