The Gooseberry Garden Poetry Picnic
And for: Poets United The Poetry Pantry
In some of Basho's haiku he refers to himself as part of the scene or looks to the scene from a distance. Not very common for haiku poets. It isn't done to be part of your own haiku as haiku poet, but rules are there to be once read and than to forget them immediately.
In the following haiku he does both. He is part of the scene, but is also watching it from a distance. I think it's a great way to write haiku (unless it wasn't common).
This "not being part of your own haiku" is still in our times one of the rules. Rules? Basho once said: "Know the rules of writing haiku and forget them immediately". Well ... that's my way to write haiku. So I 'forgot' the rules of the classical haiku and embraced the rules of the Kanshicho style in which Basho wrote his haiku between 1683 and 1685. In that style the syllable count is different and less important. But as Basho said: "Forget the rules immediately". Well I can say "forgetting the rules feels good and makes my mind free". With that thought I have written all my haiku in this series of Basho Revisited.
kawa kaze ya usu gaki ki taru yu suzumi
a river breeze
the one wearing a light persimmon robe
enjoying the coolness
Basho wrote a preface to this haiku. (Source: Jane reichhold's Old Pond: Basho's (almost) thousand haiku).
"Enjoying the cool breeze on the bank of Shijo, an observance is practiced from the beginning to the middle of June. A special floor is set up right on the river, and people enjoy drinking and eating all night. Women tie their sashes correctly tight, and men wear their formal long coats. I see even the apprentices of a cooper and the blacksmith. They seem to have too much leisure time, singing and making noise. This is probably a scene which can only be seen in the capital (Edo, now called Tokyo).
observing the crowd
having fun on the seashore
I love the full beaches in summer. Everyone has fun enjoying the warm summer and the coolness of the sea.
Children laugh making sandcastles, grown ups reading, playing, drinking, eating and laughing. Summer is a wonderful season and I think ... everyone enjoys it.
Until next time, sincerely,
Have a great summer! :)
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)
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Basho Revisited, a river breeze
Posted by Chèvrefeuille at 2/08/2012 11:26:00 AM
Labels: Basho, beach, gooseberry garden, haiku, poetry picnic, summer
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love both haiku,ReplyDelete
the seaside imagery is stunning.ReplyDelete
Thank you both for the nice comments. I hope that you enjoyed reading this episode of Basho Revisited.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the lesson and Haiku.ReplyDelete
amazing haiku and imagery.ReplyDelete
Hello Booguloo & Taylor, I am glad that you liked this episode of Basho Revisited. Thank you both for your kind words.ReplyDelete
I truly enjoy this blog. Thank you for the fine work.ReplyDelete