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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Basho Revisited, star-lovers
In Basho's (almost) thousand haiku there are several haiku which are written with a touch of homosexuality. In this part of Basho Revisited I will give a few examples of haiku by Basho with a touch of homosexuality in it.
sazo na hoshi hiji kimono ni wa shika no kawa
using as a rug
a deer skin
This one, written in Summer 1681, shows us how Basho and his lover are laying down on a deer skin watching to the stars at the Tanabata festival. It's a haiku about love and situated at the time that, the so known 'star-lovers' Altair and Vega are meeting eachother to make love.
yoru hisokani mushi wa gekka no kuri wo ugatsu
a night secret
a worm under the moon
bores in a chestnut
In this haiku, Autumn 1681, it's very clear what the deeper, hidden, secret meaning is. The white meat of a chestnut indicates, a young virgin boy. The worm ... is Basho himself making love with the young virgin boy. A night secret ... I think that's as clear as the whole haiku. Basho was in love with a young virgin boy or had a boy prostitute under his roof.
A last one:
yamaji ki te nani yara yukashi sumire gusa
coming down a mountain road
I've found something lovely
a wild violet
Basho talks here about a young guy which he has met after one of his travels. He compares this young guy with a wild violet.
Ofcourse these are just a few of Basho's haiku in which Basho's love for man and especially young guys is clearly used as a theme.
I will not write a new haiku myself in this part of Basho Revisited. So I will give another haiku by Basho in which his homosexuality is clear, but hidden in wonderful words.
wakaba shite om me no shizuku nuguwa baya
I would like to wipe away
tears in your eyes
At second thought I will try to compose a new haiku by myself in the same tone as Basho’s.
such a sad feeling
this day I will be alone
Until the next part,