In Basho's time figurines made of paper maché were popular. There were even ones with their heads balanced separately so they seemed to nod. Maybe you have once made such a figurine of paper maché.
When I was young I made surprises with paper maché to use them to hide a gift or present.
In one of Basho's haiku he mentions a cat made of paper. This one was written in autumn 1681.
hari nuki no neko mo shiru nari kesa no aki
made of paper
the cat seems to know
an autumn morning
Picture this haiku. I think that Basho was sitting on the verandah in front of a house of one of his friends or disciples. Or maybe he was sitting in front of his own banana tree cottage. In front of his eyes he sees a cat of paper maché that's nodding his head in the autumn wind.
I think this is one of Basho's best haiku and it can easily compete with for example the haiku 'Old Pond' or 'On a Withered Bough'. It's a shame that this haiku is not so well known.
Can I write a haiku like this? I don't know, but I will surely give it a try.
an autumn evening
in the westerly wind
the wind chime
In this haiku, I think, I have touched the tone and sense of Basho's 'paper cat' with a complete different picture of the wind chime.
Also published for The Poetry Picnic of the Gooseberry Garden.
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)
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Basho Revisited, an autumn morning
Posted by Chèvrefeuille at 1/05/2012 04:57:00 AM
Labels: Basho, haiku, poetry picnic, wind chime
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Thank you for visiting my new blog about Matsuo Basho. Thanks also for the kind remarks.ReplyDelete
Cats, wind chimes, two of my favorite things.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed reading this and learning more.