Thursday, August 20, 2015

Carpe Diem My Favorite Haiku by ... #2 Chiyo-Ni's Morning Glory

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at our second episode of Carpe Diem My Favorite Haiku By ... the feature in which I share with you my favorite haiku (only haiku) of classical and non-classical haiku poets/esses. This time I have chosen my favorite haiku by Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775) one of the most known female haiku poets. I see her as part of the so called "big five" and maybe you can remember that we had a month full with only haiku by the "big five" (Basho, Issa, Chiyo-Ni, Buson and Shiki) July 2014.

As I think about Chiyo-Ni than the first haiku which comes in mind is her beautiful Morning Glories haiku and that's one of my favorites by her.

Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)
asano eikou yoku baketto entanguru watashiha mizuwo motomeru

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

© Chiyo-Ni

This haiku is a beauty because of Chiyo-Ni's feeling towards the Morning Glory which entangled the well bucket. She sees the beauty of the Morning Glory and she doesn't want to ruin it. So she turns to one of our neighbors and asks for water.

Here is my response on this beauty by Chiyo-Ni:

Morning Glories
have overgrown the wooden fence
I take the back one

© Chèvrefeuille (2014)

And another one ... in which the fragile beauty of the Morning Glory is the theme, also from my archives:

in an eye blinck
Morning Glory opens her flowers
just for one day

© Chèvrefeuille (2014)

Two nice haiku I think, but I had to write also a new one, maybe a baransu haiku? I will give it a try:

at sunrise
Morning Glory greets
a new day

© Chèvrefeuille 

Well .... I hope you did like this episode and now it's up to you to choose your favorite haiku by Chiyo-Ni. Tell us why its your favorite and write an all new haiku inspired on the favorite haiku of your choice. Have fun!

This episode is open for your submissions at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Thursday August 27th at noon (CET). Than I will choose another favorite haiku to inspire you.


  1. Very interesting challenge this one, I like it a lot. Your haiku sita very nicely alongside Chiyo-ni's. I must say I do like the idea of taking new names, as I see done in Japan, and China.

  2. Oh Hamish, is that your new Japanese name? You crack me up man! What, pray, is the meaning?