Carpe Diem – Ghost Writer #13 – June 18, 2014

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

© Chiyo-Ni


suzushisa ya / suso karamo fuku / yabu tatami

the coolness
on the bottom of her kimono
in the bamboo grove

© Chiyo-ni


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



20 thoughts on “Carpe Diem – Ghost Writer #13 – June 18, 2014

    • 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!


in shadows light - walking under weeping pines - spring rain

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