Today Kuheli’s Ghost Writer post is written about a haiku poetess, Chiyo-Ni or Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703 – 1775). Here’s some of what Kuheli has to say about Chiuo-Ni:
She showed a childhood gift for poetry and had already gained fame for her haiku while she was still a teenager. Her early haiku were influenced by Basho and his students, though as a haikai poet in later period she developed her own unique style but her verses were mostly dealing with nature. In later period of her life, around 1755 Chiyo-ni became a Buddhist nun.
On the post there are two examples of Chiyou-ni’s haiku, one given by Chèvrefeulle in his introduction and the other by Kuheli:
taoraruru hito ni kaoru ya ume no hana
the flowering branch of the plum
gives its scent
to him who broke it off
suzushisa ya / suso karamo fuku / yabu tatami
on the bottom of her kimono
in the bamboo grove
Now I will try to write in the style of this great poetess:
sweet wet grass
cooling sore feet
of the weary pilgrim
soft silk robes
whispering as she walks
among the roses
jasmin perfumed air
after the rainstorm
petals on the ground
For more information on the post please click Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Ghost Writer # 13 Kuheli
For a selection of poems written by Chiyo-ni pleas click HERE
1st Really very nice – 3rd lovely, 2nd even more.
Oh my Managua…I think you’re saying here that you like all three … thanks so much, you made me smile on an off day! 🙂
Love them all et surtout la premiere ligne of each haiku. As u can see Im still. ..may ad well just get an esrly stsrt for work.
Darn girl…you’ll be wilting on the job! And your thumbs are tired too!
Ok, so I slept an hour…almost no headache:)
Thant is a pure miricle.
My muse did something magical.
all three, but do you need ‘weary’ in the first? tired feet says it (for me)
they are so lovely, sensual, delicate. I haven’t had a look at this prompt yet. looking forward to it
Hmmm you are of course correct now that I look more carefully, I’ve repeated myself, so now the poor pilgrim has sore feet!
I love them all three.. these are all treasures
Thanks Bjorn … it was so interesting learning about a haiku poetess, I loved the prompt and felt inspired.
I think that they are all lovely. I would ask one thing. If you are using different forms of japanese poetry, please identify the form for us beginners.
Ach … in this one I was trying to follow Chiyo-ni’s lead. Yesterday in my haiku post I was writing on the left in Issa’s style and on the right Basho’s style … but basically I write in my own style and hope they come out right 😉 I’m glad you liked the haiku because I too am pretty much a beginner!
They’re all gorgeous Georgia — but I do so love the first one. I like how you’ve reintroduced the pilgrim, the sore feet, that LOVELY cool, soothing feeling …. ahhh!
I’m happy you enjoyed the post…but the sore feet were inspired by Belinda Broughton, her comment helped better this haiku I’d written tired feet and then weary pilgrim … she rightly brought to my attention that I was repeating myself … rereading it I had to admit she was right so I thought a bit and made the pilgrim’s feet sore! 🙂
Belinda is a wonderful poet –!
Yes she is, I really love her posts!