Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's time again for our Time Machine trip back into the history of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. As you all know we have every month a featured haiku poet and those Carpe Diem Specials I started already from the start of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. At the start of our weblog it was called "Carpe Diem", but later it became Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
Today I love to take you back to December 2012. In that month our featured haiku poet was Yosa Buson, one of the four greatest haiku-masters (next to Basho, Issa and Shiki) of haiku history. Buson (1716-1783) was also a great Haiga painter and has several wonderful paintings left behind as his heritage.
|Credits: Haiga by Yosa Buson|
|Credits: First illustrated edition of Basho's "Oku No Hosomichi" by Buson.|
"An ancient road," they say
Though beneath this snow.
© Yosa Buson (1782)
As you can see at the year ... the possibility that this haiku was one of his last haiku written is very sure.
What is the idea behind this haiku? Let us look at it closer and maybe we can determine Buson's thoughts ... a challenging idea ...
"an ancient road", they say" ... which ancient road is meant here? It's possible the road between Edo and the new capital. Than the idea turns towards the virgin snow, and than the "ancient road" becomes in an eye blink a "new road", Buson is charmed by the beauty of the fresh snow.
Of course I wasn't there, but this could be a possible explanation of the haiku.
|Logo Special feature "Carpe Diem's Oku no Hosomichi (September 2013)|
following his trail
on a journey through the world
to find ourselves
seeking for ancient knowledge
deep inside myself
walking the 'Narrow Road'
in deep silence
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 6th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, depression, later on.