Monday, November 5, 2018

Carpe Diem #1538 autumn moon (crossroads)

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

© Choshu

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

© Usen

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
chestnuts shimmer
in the moonlight

© Chèvrefeuille.

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.

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