Monday, January 7, 2019

Carpe Diem #1579 bonfire (takibi)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are exploring the modern and classical kigo (seasonwords) for winter. Yesterday we had a nice modern kigo from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", the online version. Today I have a nice classical kigo for you to work with. Today our kigo is "bonfire (takibi)". In this time of year, the Holidays, I think there are several bonfires all around the world in this time of year. So no need to explain this kigo ...

To inspire you I have a wonderful "bonfire" video for you. In this video you can see a bonfire, but also hear a sweet children's song from Japan.

I hope you enjoyed this music video and that it has awakened your muse.

I found a nice haiku themed "bonfire" by Mamta Agarwal:

sit around bonfire, 
sparks rise and fly like glow worms; 
charred logs fall with thud. 

© Mamta Agarwal

And here a haiku written by myself:

the scent of pine trees overwhelms the senses -
back to school again

© Chèvrefeuille

Bonfire (takibi)
To conclude this episode I have another nice "bonfire" haiku by Kobayashi Issa, one of the five greatest haiku poets:

foot of the mountain--
without a cheer
my New Year's bonfire

© Kobayashi Issa

Well ... I hope I have awakened your muses.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 14th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.

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