Sunday, April 7, 2019

Carpe Diem #1642 wild rose (yamabuki)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a busy weekend I have had. I had to work and our oldest son and his kids were visiting us including sleep over. And today it was a real warm spring day here in The Netherlands, almost 22 degrees Celcius, so also this day could have been a summer day, but ... well it's spring.

This month we will explore the kigo for spring, modern so well as classical and today I have chosen a classical kigo from the so called "Shiki Saijiki" in which you can find 500 classical kigo. Our kigo for today is Wild Rose (Yamabuki).

rippling water
as frogs jump into -
yellow roses bloom 

© Chèvrefeuille

The yellow rose in the above haiku is named "Yamabuki", so this classical kigo means not only "wild rose", but also "yellow rose".

Yamabuki (Yellow Roses, Kerria Japonica)

What a wonderful flower this is. There is an old story about Basho's "old pond" that he first thought of "yamabuki" as third line instead of "the sound of water". In the above haiku you can easily find that world famous haiku by the master, Matsuo Basho.

a wild rose
red delicacy in nature -
my sweet love

red roses
all that remains
after the storm
between the walls
and my heart

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... enough to work with I think. This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 14th ay noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!

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