Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What an awesome month this will become I think. Autumn is my favorite season and the classical haiku poets, like Basho and Shiki, were also "in love" with this season. Today I have a few autumn-haiku for you to work with. As you, maybe, know the Japanese love the moon of autumn. And I can relate to that feeling, because I am a moon lover. To me the moon is an important part of nature. She reflects the light of "father" sun and together they give us thw light we need 24/7.
I will give you a few moon haiku and I am challenging you to create a "fusion" haiku with it in honor of the beauty of the moon.
Here are the haiku to use (with a small background about the haiku):
the moon in the water;
broken and broken again,
still it is there
The astounding persistence, the faithfulness of things, their law-abidingness, is felt in deep contrast to the waywardness of life. Here we have Nature and Destiny; law, the unchanging, and life, the lawless. And yet it is only the reflection of the moon in the water, broken into pieces by some passing wave.
|Autumn Moon Viewing (Tsukimi)
rain over the autumn moon:
beneath the window,
chestnuts pattering down
There is a well-known verse of In Memoriam which resembles this but with an added subjective element that gives weight, but not necessarily depth:
Calm is the morn without a sound,
Calm as to suit a calmer grief,
And only thro the faded leaf
The chestnut pattering to the ground.
Two beauties to work with I think. By the way the background added by the haiku I have taken from Haiku Volume 3 by R.H. Blyth. I hope the background will be helpful to create your "fusion"-haiku as we do in our special "crossroads" feature.
Here is my "fusion":
after the storm
in the moonlight
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 12th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.