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.
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)