Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of our Haiku Kai. As you all know we are exploring the classical Japanese kigo (seasonwords) for summer. Kigo or seasonwords are a kind of markers to place the haiku (or tanka) in the right season. Kigo are very important to the haiku poet, but also to his/her readers, because of the time, time needs to be clear to help the reader to experience the scene, the impression in the haiku.
Today our classical kigo is Seika or Midsummer. I think this midsummerfeeling is approximately around this time in summer (on the Northern Hemisphere) July 21st until August 21st, so in my opinion midsummer starts today.
As I started creating this episode I first thought at the play A MidsummerNight’s Dream by William Shakespeare and the wonderful music composed for this play by Felix Mendelssohn.
A wonderful piece of music I think, but that's just my humble opinion as a fan of classical music. I hope you did like this music.
Ok ... back to our classical kigo, Seika (Midsummer), because that's why we are here (smiles), but I love to create sometimes episodes with more than only haiku.
Let us look at a few haiku written with seika as kigo:
uguisu ni doyô yasumi wa nakari keri
there's no break...
asagao no hana kara doyô iri ni keri
mizugire no hondôri nari doyô nari
dry from drought...
kozue kara doyô ni irishi tsuki yo kana
gliding into midsummer...
© Kobayashi Issa (all above haiku)
|Credits: Takotsubo (Octopus trap, Japan)|
takotsubo ya hakanaki yume o natsu no tsuki
evanescent dreams beneath
a midsummer moon.
© Matsuo Basho
And I found a nice haiku written by a modern haiku poet, Stewart C. Baker. (I couldn't retrieve an email-address to ask permission)
shadows rushing over
a burst of rose
© Stewart C Baker
I love to share the following haiku written by myself inspired on this kigo, not a recently written one, but one from my archives, a nice cascading haiku which I wrote in February 2012:
|young dancer © Enosh|
listen to the movement
of the young dancer
dances through the streets
sound of chimes
through the midsummer night
Well ... I hope you did like this episode and that it will inspire you all to write/compose an all new haiku (or tanka) and share it here with us.
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 23rd at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, a new Tokubetsudesu episode, later on.