During the years of CDHK's existence I noticed that other Japanese poetry forms, especially tanka, started to 'shine' at CDHK.
Just recently we decided to make CDHK a kind of place to promote other Japanese poetry-forms next to haiku. I do like that change, but it also makes me somewhat melancholic to those first months of CDHK therefore I created a new feature to honor the beauty of haiku.
For this first episode I have chosen ... not a surprise I think ... a haiku by Matsuo Basho, whom I see as my master. Basho has written wonderful haiku (more than 1000) and I love them all. Of course I have several favorites, for example 'frogpond', but for this episode I have chosen another haiku by Basho. This haiku I have never shared anywhere as far as I can recall. I think this is a beauty ...
on the famous musician's flute
a snowstorm of flowers
Basho refers to this song by Gichiku, because he thought about Yoshino.
|Cherry blossoms in Yoshino
While I was creating this haiku I almost burst out in tears, because this is the pain I sense as the Cherry blossoms of my old Sakura are torn apart by the wind ...
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 20th at noon (CET). In our next episode of "My favorite haiku by ..." I will choose another haiku poet/ess, which one? I don't know yet, you have to wait.