The Purple Treehouse
Humour ... was, and is still, part of haiku. Basho also used humour in his haiku. Humour isn't my thing to use in haiku. In some of my haiku it's possible that there is a touch of humour, but I did that unconscious and not on purpose.
Basho's next haiku has this humour very clearly. He has written this at Ryumon Falls at the southern foot of Mount Ryumondake in Yoshino, province of Nara. This is the area with Japan's most notable display of cherry trees. This verse uses a comparitive technique: Basho is comparing how a person who is drunk stands (or doesn't stand) with the shape of a waterfall and with the way branches loaded with blossoms hang down. (Source: Jane Reichhold).
sake nomi ni katara n kakaru taki no hana
to talk I'll hang over like this
a waterfall of flowers
Not a common (counted) verse in this translation by Jane Reichhold, but I think that's no problem. I myself don't count the syllables when writing my haiku.
To write a haiku by myself in the Spirit of Basho's isn't easy, but I have to try.
Well I have written a few haiku in the sense and tone of this one by Basho. I only can hope that it has also a little bit of Basho's humour in it.
on the way home
drunken sailors bend over
it's a strange sight
like a waterfall they fall
Ah! that sight
a waterfall of flowers
I really loved doing this part of Basho Revisited.
A weblog about Matsuo Basho, a haiku master, and his haiku. On this weblog you can read several items about Basho's haiku and in every item I (Chèvrefeuille, a haiku poet) will write an own haiku inspired on the one by Basho.
ageku (1) autumn (5) Basho (64) beach (1) Black Mamba (1) bush warbler (1) butterfly (1) camellia (1) Carpe Diem (5) Carry On Tuesday (1) cats (1) cherry blossom (5) Chèvrefeuille (1) Chrysanthemum (1) classical (1) Dew (1) exposure (1) firefly (1) flowers (4) full moon (1) gay life (2) geisha (1) god (1) gooseberry garden (3) haibun (9) haiga (1) haiku (64) hokku (1) honeysuckle (2) humour (2) iris (1) jack stone (1) Lake Biwa (1) magnolia (2) Matsushima (1) midday nap (1) monastery (1) moon (1) moon viewing (1) morning glory (3) Mother Earth (1) New Year (1) nightingale (2) oku no hosomichi (11) Old Pond (2) one single impression (1) paint the picture (1) peach tree (1) pebble (1) pine trees (2) plover (1) plum blossom (1) poetry picnic (4) poets united (5) poppies (1) red pepper (1) renga (3) roses (1) Saigyo (1) sailors (1) skylark (1) solstice (1) Sora (1) Sound of Water (1) spring (3) straw raincoat (1) summer (7) summer. haiku my heart (1) sun and moon (1) Tackle It Tuesday (4) tears (2) the longest day (1) the poetry pantry (4) the purple treehouse (1) the shortest night (1) Thursday Think Tank (1) waterfall (2) wedded rocks (1) welcome (1) Welkom (1) willow (1) wind chime (1) winding road (1) winter (1) wooden clogs (1) young leaves (1)
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Basho Revisited, a waterfall of flowers
Posted by Chèvrefeuille at 1/07/2012 05:23:00 AM
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love waterfall Haiku,ReplyDelete
waterfall of flowers is of the most powerful imagery.ReplyDelete
Extremely interesting! Do drop in here too ~ReplyDelete
smart imagery and humor.ReplyDelete
the drunken sailors bit was hilarious :) I like, happy gooseberry day Chevre :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for your kind comments. I didn't know that I could write haiku with humour :)ReplyDelete
I have an incidental humor that sometimes sneaks in my writing...ReplyDelete
and I have worked to keep my haiku serious ... until I read this...
thank you for the humorous haiku...
the vision of sailors indeed will stay with me.