Morning Haiku and Waka – Haiku – January 26, 2015

warm summer vision
drifting on hot breezes
smell of coconuts

fields of cane
worn abandoned house
African vision
sweet breezes caressed my skin
heady smells of green grass

© G.s.k. ‘15

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Time Glass Challenge – Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

The second prompt I’m going to write for is about the Japanese New Year kigo – Hoorai … which is a form of vision of paradise.  This was also written in the prompt:

Interestingly, the most ancient of human civilisations, the Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian, did not believe in the existence of either an afterlife or a heaven. In these technically advanced societies, humans were believed doomed to remain forever in the “house of dust” or darkness, which “none who enters ever leaves”. In this house, the inhabitants find that “soil is their sustenance” and “clay their food” where, clad in bird feathers, they see no light but “dwell in darkness”.

With this in mind and remembering the photo of the Time Glass Challenge above I write:

battle field
abandoned house of dust
ravens crow

The second haiku is based on a description of Hōrai from Kwaidan:

isle of horai
without memories of evil
sweet birdsong
souls fly without fear
eternal happiness

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem #656 Isle Of The Blessed (Hoorai)  for further reading … here’s a choka I wrote the other day entitled: Charon’s Boat

19 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – Haiku – January 26, 2015

  1. Coconut and cane! Ahhh!
    And the second — so bleak — but the “house of dust” information was really interesting. As was the info on Horai — to think that there’s no memory of suffering or evil — wonderful.
    You combined these prompts into such an interesting post — very nicely done Georgia 🙂

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    • Thanks Jen … as you know I got up late yesterday and had very little time to blog … One I reread the prompt on Horai .. the vision of that house in the time glass challenge seemed to call out to be used for the second challenge, the house of dust. The info about every thing on the island of Horai being made so that only happy memories remain, I actually got from your post … thanks for the wonderful feedback, I was really very worried about the length of this post.

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  2. Very interesting idea you have used here … this photo gave me more the idea of Siberia or so, but I like it as I read how images and haiku can be “translated” in several scenes, because everyone looks, feels, tastes and so on different. I think that’s the beauty of haiku.

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    • You’re so right of how each person has a different impression from a photo or event! I thought it interesting the MMT felt the photo could be the Caribbean for example … whereas the color of the grass and the abandoned house near palm trees reminded me of Africa … and for you Siberia! Really fantastic and as you say that is the beauty of haiku!

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  3. I especially enjoyed the tanka –
    ‘fields of cane
    worn abandoned house’
    – those lines set such a vivd scene. Also, I was saying to Jen how I want to try to bring in more tastes and smells into my haiku, and you do that so well here.

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