Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month its all about senses. As you all know there are five senses (and sometimes people have a 6th sense), but as we will see this month we have more than five senses.
This month its all about sharpen the senses or anata no kankakuwo migaku and our prompt-list has been created by one of our CDHK family-members, Hamish Managua Gunn (a.k.a. Pirate). Hamish has provided me with a wonderful prompt-list and he also provided me with his notes about all the prompts this month.
February will be a little bit different than we are used to. I will write a short introduction for every prompt and than I will share Hamish' notes with you. So let me start with the first introduction of February.
This month its all about the senses as you all know we have five senses (hearing, touching, seeing, smelling and tasting), but this month we will explore several other senses. As I started with this introduction there was immediately a haiku which I had to share here in which "hearing" is the theme. I think you will remember this haiku, because I used it not so long ago.
hidden in the mist -
the (temple) bell of Mii
© Basho (Tr. Jim Kacian)
This haiku was a kind of bet which Basho accepted and it's about the Eight Views of Omi and the bet was to catch all those views in one haiku. Basho succeeded, as we can read in the above haiku, but in this haiku we also see "hearing" in the last line the (temple) bell of Mii. Basho refers here to the sound of the temple bell of Mii.
I love to share an oldie by myself here also with "hearing" in it:
through the autumn haze
early this morning
A nice "oldie" I would say in which we can see "hearing" in the first line wedding bells sound.
|Hamish Managua Gunn|
Hamish on hearing:
this old mansion is alive
the Sakura* blooms
* A kind of Cherry tree
|Credits: Temple Bell|
Another one picked from my archives:
the sound of the temple bell
echoing through the mist
the strong sound of a temple bell -
flies in from far away
temple bell - dreams
The above (cascading) haiku was inspired on a haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1784):
alights and naps
I hope you did like this first episode of February in which we will sharpen our senses together with Hamish Managua Gunn.
This episode is OPEN for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 3rd at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, sweetness, later on. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku (or tanka) with us all here at our Haiku Kai.