Thursday, July 2, 2015

Carpe Diem #767 natsuake (summer morning)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

July started with a new Tokubetsudesu episode and the first CD-Special of this month with haiku composed by Adjei, an African haiku poet from Ghana, but today we have our first classical Japanese kigo, seasonword, to inspire us.

Today our prompt is natsuake (summer morning). This can refer to every summer morning, but mostly this kigo was used for the first summer morning after the summer solstice. (To place it in this time, that would have been June 22th). I have sought the Internet and found several haiku which can be used here as an example. Here are a few example-haiku about natsuake:

ge no ake ya ushi ni nete yuku magusa kari

summer dawn--
riding an ox, asleep
the hay cutter

dan-dan ni natsu no yoake ya hito no kao

little by little
the summer night turns dawn...
people's faces

(C) Kobayashi Issa

Both give an image to this feeling of awakening on the first summer morning (or other summer morning).
And this is my haiku inspired on natsuake:

warm summer night
without having slept - the sun rises
a nightingale's song

© Chèvrefeuille

This has happened this morning. We had every warm night (around 20 degrees Celsius) so i couldn't sleep. After trying it for a few hours i still couldn't sleep. I decided to get up. As i was sitting on the veranda this morning to cool down, the sun already started to rise and a nightingale started to sing. It gave me an aubade and his song sounds crystal clear and very soothing ... really a great summer morning ...

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 5th at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode, a new CD Time Machine episode, in which we will go back to June 2013 with kawasemi (Kingfisher), later on. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai.

1 comment:

  1. Great prompt. Like Issa's haiku, mine also touches upon hay-making. Lovely time of year.