Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Carpe Diem Special #148, Ransetsu's "the childless woman"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As we are on the trail with Basho we cannot forget his students/disciples. He had several disciples and during his life he gathered a group of followers around him of more than 1000 disciples. It's going to far to tell you something about his disciples, but his most close friends and disciples were only a ten poets. One of those ten poets was Hattori Ransetsu (1654-1707).

I love to share a haiku written by Ransetsu with you all to inspire you to write an all new haiku in the same spirit as the one given by Ransetsu, as is the goal of this CD-Specials. In my opinion this haiku his gorgeous ... taken right from daily life and from the heart ... this haiku could even be used to honor all mothers.

umazume no hina kashizuku zo aware naru

the childless woman,
how tender she is
to the dolls!

© Hattori Ransetsu (1654-1707)

Credits: Basho's Ten close friends and disciples (Shoomon school)
I wonder .... how close were they to Basho?

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 23rd at noon (CET).


  1. Passing through again.. Loved the haiku, and I'm sure you will have wonderful haiku to this.

  2. Thanks for the prompt. We had been challenged with this haiku in November with barren as a word prompt. There are quite different responses this time!

  3. Here's another late one: