Thursday, May 14, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku Special #147 - "Those Fireflies" by Yosa Buson

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today's CD Special was composed by one of Basho's spiritual disciples, Yosa Buson, author of today's haiku special:

longing for the grass
at the bottom of the pool
those fireflies.

© Buson

As you can see today's episode is dedicated to fireflies one of the summer kigo!  In the past on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, our host Chèvrefeuille has already introduced us to a lovely firefly haiku by Basho and by other haiku poets, let's have a look:

at sun down
the fragile light
of a firefly

© Basho

Kisa Lagoon--
sparkling with fireflies
the rice planting boat

an evening spot
for calling fireflies...
planting a willow

© Issa

cool clear water
and fireflies that vanish
that is all there is...

© Chiyo-Ni

Now back to Yosa Buson's haiku ... I imagine a moonless summer evening, out in the fields a pool of water that cools the sun-burnt fields of grass, which have become yellow stubs, only a memory of what once was high grass.  You can feel the heat radiate from the ground and then, suddenly, the first flash of those fairy lights in the evening sky - fireflies! 

The goal of a Carpe Diem Special is to write a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one written by our featured haiku-poet, today Yosa Buson, so here's my attempt:

Gregory Crewdson

burnt summer grass
near the shimmering pool
first fireflies

© G.s.k. ‘15

Please share your inspired haiku below and I hope you will enjoy yourselves! Ciao, Bastet

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 17th at noon (CET).


  1. A very nicely flowing post Georgia! Beautiful haiku by Buson, nice scene-setting, and interesting, intriguing haiku by yourself, very original one in a topic that gives rise to cliches.

    1. Thanks you very much Hamish, I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the post and my haiku. Happy writing!

  2. Nicely done, Bastet. Thanks for giving your time for the group!

  3. Buson's haiku is a is yours Georgia. You capture that hot summer feeling.Thank you for the post !

  4. Great post, Bastet :)
    You painted a beautiful scene - both in your description and your haiku. It's wonderful to see you here as a host :)

    1. Thanks you so much Paloma, following you and Hamish as host is a daunting experience, I'm happy you enjoyed the post. Have a great weekend.