Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Carpe Diem #1638 (delayed post) tranquil (nodoka)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a delayed episode of our Spring kigo month, April 2019. I had a busy evening shift so I hadn't time to create a new episode on time. So my excuses for that.

This month we are exploring modern and classical kigo for spring and today I have a classical kigo for you, tranquil (nodoka). Spring has started and I enjoy this season with an intensity I cannot describe. I like seeing how nature comes alive again, but what I love the most is the tranquility of an early spring morning. The sun is slowly rising, birds praising their Creaor and slowly but certain the tranquility fades away. The world comes alive again after a tranquil night.

the first torii (*) in the middle
of the barley field

© Shiki

(*) A Torii is the sacred archway of a Shinto shrine. Every Shinto shrine had three of these Torii, which weren't direct in front of the shrine, but quite in a distant. This Torii in Shiki's haiku was the first and stood in the middle of a barley field. It's a wonderful imagery of the tranquility of Spring.

tranquility -
finally I have found peace,
blossoms have fallen

© Koyu-Ni (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

[...] Koyu-Ni died in 1782, her family name was Matsumato. She is one of the more prominent woman poets of the Edo period. She learned haiku from Songi the First. [...]

Well ... I hope I have inspired you.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will reamin open until April 8th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!

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