master basho

Frank Tassone invites us to write haibuns on Basho/Shakespeare at dVerse Poets.


 

Matsuo Basho lived simply and walked lightly on the island of Japan. His tiny home was in the village of Edo. One spring day, Basho felt restless and decided to travel by foot across the country. He went in search of cherry blossoms. For his journey, Basho wore a paper hat, black robe, and woven grass sandals. He carried his ink stone and writing paper wrapped in a cloth.

He followed the winding river, sat in a cool waterfall cave, and visited a thousand-yr.-old twin pine. Eventually, he came to an orchard of blossoming cherry trees! A farmer loaned him a horse to ride through a vast, grassy field. He took baths in hot springs and swam in the sea. He ate whatever he found or was given along the way: vegetables, wild rice, noodles, fish.

In the mountains, Basho joined friends for a full moon party. Drinking tea and rice wine, they composed poems together about the night sky. Basho often stopped in his travels to quietly listen and observe. He watched the fog, heard grasshoppers, touched an iris, and tasted rain. Focusing on the moment made Matsuo a haiku master.

 

do not bash basho

170px-Frog_Getsuju

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named himself “banana tree”

writer of frog pond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information on Basho’s life taken from a lovely children’s book, Grass Sandals, by Dawnine Spivak with beautiful illustrations by Demi.

 

soliloquy

 

my uncertainty

“so-lill-oh-qwee”

has a solo feel

vulnerably real…

if i publish a book

will anyone look?

read my haiku and

sneeze, hah-choo!

it would be a gift

i think, to kids and

grandkids  <wink>

or just for myself

to set on a shelf?

oh my, i sigh at the

cost, the expense

of time and money

task seems immense

my words must play

will write blog today

 

 


Talking to myself and linking to dVerse Poets where Frank suggests we write a soliloquy…

chinese bellflower

photo of kikyo from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Chinese Bellflower 2

purple-petaled dreams

delicate as veined parchment

let freedom’s bells ring

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Linking with Carpe Diem, thinking of freedom protesters in Hong Kong

blue haiku

 LOGO CD OCTOBER 2014-1

laundry piling up

got those dirty denim blues

please fix my machine

 

 

 

 

Linking up for  Carpe Diem’s 2nd Anniversary!  

Carpe Diem – “Blues”

 

balcony view

chemtrails

 

 

 hourglass sea beckons

autumn travellers leave trails

blue and white plaid sky

 

 

Link to: http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.se/2014/09/carpe-diem-time-glass-time-challenging.html

 

apology to Basho

 

garden’s yellow star

shining between dawn and dusk

i claim her melons

 

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My response to CDHK prompt to “revise” master haiku 🙂

distillation

 

soft scent on south wind

makes sweet memories blossom

summer in my heart

 

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photo & prompt from Carpe Diem (see side bar link) and Kristjaan’s

challenge to “distill” longer poem,” Lotus” by Tagore, into haiku.

 

 

rejuvenate

 

reaching for the sun

onion bulbs buried in soil

send green shoots upward

 

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“only the first line” from Carpe Diem 

still saturday

 

planting potatoes

bury in ground (like a grave)

wait…green sprouts will rise

 

raptor

 

fence-post sentinel

 

strong wings lift…soar swift, silent

 

red-tailed hawk sights prey

 

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(Wikimedia Commons, photo: Brocken Inaglory)

 

 

pure fragrance

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observe morning star

breathe lily-of-the-valley

touch rose of sharon

 

i belong to my beloved

friend and lover of my soul

 

 

Aside

haiku with ocean view

 

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relentless as time

winds blow, tides swell, breakers foam

shifting sands of shore

 

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