Illusions – Morning Haiku and Waka – October 3, 2014


Illusions for Tourists

a game of shadows
in Arco’s public plaza
a looming admonition
no symbol of joy
under that morning spot-light
here’s only ostentation
– sad entertainment
side-shows and street musicians
frenzied, fill the city streets –
invented “traditions”
like Carnival in autumn
and Christmas fairs in summer
pop up like leach weeds
gaudily trite and absurd
empty without foundations
tourist attractions
sponsored by the local banks
and money grabbing merchants

(c) G.s.k. ’14

“Choka: The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Choka, or Long Poem.
The early form consisted of a series of Katuata joined together. This gives a choice of form structures of ….. 5 – 7 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7.. etc, or .. 5 – 7 – 5 – 5 – 7 – 5.. etc.”

From: The Poet’s Garret

Yesterday I was walking in Arco and I decided to take a few pictures of this new statue that’s been placed in front of one of our local banks.  I’d taken quite a few from many angles.  This one struck me though this morning because the shadow in the background made it seem like a spot-light, beamed directly on it, hadacreated a huge shadow on the building, when in fact the shadow is of the bank building.

Over the past few years the local administration egged on by shop keepers, merchants  etc. has been creating a constant flow of “entertainment” and “traditions” in order to attract tourists.

5 thoughts on “Illusions – Morning Haiku and Waka – October 3, 2014

  1. …. sounds familiar …. nothing like conveniently discovered “traditions” to boost the economy. 😉
    the game of shadows is an interesting metaphor — very appropriate.


  2. Fascinating piece you’ve written here – and the image is very powerful – it truly is dramatic; it has an almost carnival “freaky” feeling to it. Stunning combination of thoughts and image.


    • Thanks … I think I probably should have added a note about carnival in autumn there … it’s a spring-time month long feast period before the 40 days of “fast” before Easter ending in Mardi Gras. I liked the freaky feel though of the photo.

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