Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Carpe Diem #1591 quilt (futon)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's really winter ... snow and frost are "king" in the Lowlands and temperatures are around 0 degrees Celsius. A moment ago I came into the house after walking the dog and now ... recovering from the winter cold I lay down on the bench cuddling up under a warm quilt. What a joy ... cuddling up under the quitl grandma made me a long time ago. Sweet memories are overwhelming me ...

We are exploring classical and modern kigo for winter and today I have a nice kigo for you ... quilt (or futon). I think this one doesn't need explanation. A quilt is a kind of blanket made of several patches of cotton and stuffed with fuzz or wool. I have sought for a few haiku on this prompt and found these:

Written by Buson:

waga hone no futon ni sawaru shimoyo kana

right to my bones
through the quilt pierces
the frost tonight

Or this one also by Buson:

teshokushite yoki futon dasu yosamu kana

with lantern in hand
taking out a heavy quilt -
a cold night!

And what do you think of this one written by Issa?

korogi no kanshuku to suru fusuma kana

the cricket's
winter residence ...
my quilt

Japanese Quilt (Futon)

There are a lot of other examples I think, but I have to compose my own haiku on 'Quilt (futon)', so here I go:

quilt up to my head
laying beneath the open window
this icy cold night

her old hands
sewing another quilt for me
my grandmother

this cold winter night
laying naked under my quilt
feels like summer

© Chèvrefeuille

What a joyful kigo this is ... it can bring you all wonderful inspiration I think. Stay warm ...

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until January 30th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now .... have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful examples, Kristjaan!
    Here is mine: