Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I am in heaven today. Why? Because I spotted the first cherry blossom, high, in my Sakura. Time to party almost, but I will wait until I see the first blossom more low in the Sakura. But what a joy to see that it's starting to bloom again. It gives me the feeling of spring ... Today it certainly feels like spring here in The Netherlands, because it's a very sunny day, a little wind, but nice temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius. So ... yes spring is here.
Today I love to bring you another episode of our Haiku Kai in which I will introduce another wonderful Persian poet. No ... today not a poem by Rumi, Hafiz or Saadi, but a beauty (in my opinion) by Imrani (or Emrani).
Imrani (or Imrānī; 1454–1536) was a Judæo-Persian poet, being "one of the most prominent Jewish poets of Iran". Emrānī was inspired by the earlier poet Shāhīn to choose "as his field the post-Mosaic era from Joshua to the period of David and Solomon".
|The Book of Conquest (tr. by Vera Basch Moreen)|
His major work, Fatḥ-Nameh ("The Book of the Conquest," begun in 1474, unfinished), describes in poetry "the events of the biblical books of Joshua, Ruth, and Samuel". Emrānī's last great work, Ganj-Nameh ("The Book of the Treasures"), is "a free poetic paraphrase of and commentary on the mishnaic treatise Avot".
my hair turned gray and thin
deep wounds of time
however ... I smile as I see the cherry
bloom again, another year to my account