!! My excuses for this late publishing !!
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
After Finland, in the high north of Europe, our trip through Europe goes to the south of Europe. Today we are visiting Greece, a country with a very rich history, but I think that's something you all know. So I will not look at that rich history.
As haiku poets we are "one with nature" so I love to share the nature of Greece here with you all. Greece became a member of the European Union in 1981 and was the tenth country that became part of this united Europe. Okay let me give you a little resume of the rich history of Greece.
As an adolescent I admired Ulysses, I read his wonderful adventures and I remember that there was a TV series about his adventures. Really I was a "fan" of this adventurer.
Okay ... enough about the rich history of Greece let us "dive into" the nature of Greece. As I was doing research for this episode I ran into wonderful images of Greece's nature.
between green banks
What a beautiful waterfall this is ... look at that clear water and those green banks ... the freshness of Mother Earth.
As I told you above I was a "fan" of Ulysses and I remeber that he visited several caves while he sailed the seven seas of the world. I found a wonderful image of one of those caves ... and I imagined that this could be one of the caves Ulysses visited, maybe this was the cave of the Cyclops ... you never know.
I feel like Ulysses
visiting the cave of Cyclops -
caressing summer breeze
Several countries have their own national flower, for example for us Dutch that's the Tulip. Greece has also its own national flower, Bear's Breech (Acanthus Mollis):
|Bear's Breech (Acanthus Mollis)|
symbol of a rich history
Awesome ... Greece's nature is really amazing. Will there also be amazing haiku poets? Let me introduce a few of them to you, just their haiku no biography this time. (Info found HERE)
στο ποίημα· και τ’ άλλο
να σε δικάζει.
stares at the poem and the other
σε πισινό μαϊμούς
— τούτος ο κόσμος
on a monkey’s arse
— this very world
© George Pavlopoulos (1924-2008)
τα πλην της απουσίας
στο μαύρο τζάμι
the minuses of my absence
on the black glass
© Elias Cephalas
|A River Flows|
ανάμεσα στα χέρια μας
between our hands
a river flows
να σε βλέπει αντέχει
δίχως να σπάει
can bear to see you
I hope I have inspired you with this episode about Greece. And now it is up to you ... have fun!
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 22nd at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, Hungary, later on.