Morning Haiku and Waka – January 29, 2015

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awake at dawn
writing haiku and tanka
in my first dream

mountain birds
chirping into my first dream
sun through the blinds
waking up late New Year’s morn
dreaming a year of poems

laughter
giggling in my sleep
new year’s dream

dreaming of mountains
a blackbird warbling at dawn
no eggplants

© G.s.k. ‘15

Here I’m writing about Hatsuyume (初夢) – or first dream … one of the last Fifth Season kigo, suggested by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.  Here’s what the Wikipedia has to say:

” … is the Japanese word for the first dream had in the new year. Traditionally, the contents of the dream would foretell the luck of the dreamer in the ensuing year. In Japan, the night of December 31 was often passed without sleeping, thus the Hatsuyume was often the dream seen the night of January 1. This explains why January 2 (the day after the night of the “first dream”) is known as Hatsuyume in the traditional Japanese calendar.

It is considered to be particularly good luck to dream of Mount Fuji, a hawk, and an eggplant. This belief has been in place since the early Edo period but there are various theories regarding the origins as to why this particular combination was considered to be auspicious. One theory suggests that this combination is lucky because Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain, the hawk is a clever and strong bird, and the word for eggplant (nasu or nasubi 茄子) suggests achieving something great (nasu 成す). Another theory suggests that this combination arose because Mount Fuji, falconry, and early eggplants were favorites of the shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu.”   Wikipedia

44 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – January 29, 2015

        • 😉 yep … though the way I make them, they’re almost like lasagna … the trick is to purge them with salt to get the bitterness out of the veggie and of course use young eggplants. Eggplant is almost tasteless when they’re young and very versatile, in Africa I used to use them to make mock apple pie, believe it or not, and it was good … but the old seedy ones are really yucky!

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          • Around here, you always get eggplant that is old, seedy, tough, stringy …. nasty stuff!!!! So maybe — MAYBE — I’d like eggplant if I tasted YOUR recipe.

            Maybe. 😉

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          • If your getting old, seedy, tough and stringy eggplant I can image that you wouldn’t like it … the Italians are great with eggplant … they’ve got it down to an art. To tell the truth a lot of things that I remember as yucky as a kid have turned out to be really good cooked Italian style (and not American Italian style, which I don’t like … too much garlic and sugar).

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  1. I shall go to be tonight with thoughts of Mt. Fuji, Hawks, and Eggplant … and then report back to you.

    Just kidding. I choose my imaginary friend instead. o.O

    Love the way you handled this — so many shades of that first dream — especially that giggly dream! 🙂

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    • I’ve been trying to answer your e-mail … but alas, my antivirus is upgrading and my system has slowed to snail pace. So, I’ll try to write once this thing has finished it’s business … in the meantime, I’m trying to answer comments … at least those come up!

      I’m glad you enjoyed my little odyssey of dreams … couldn’t actually remembered what I’d dreamt, except writing a haiku and getting up late .. that is true … oh and I’m certain I didn’t dream of eggplants!

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      • Yeah … ya gotta wonder what would make a person dream of eggplants … seems like a sneaky trick spread by the Shogun! (Let’s tell everyone that dreaming about eggplants is lucky — and see what happens!) Troll-lo-lo-lo-looooo!

        Will keep my eyes peeled…

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          • I can’t figure it out either. And guess who commented? G.F.! And I tried to archive it and ended up deleting it. Which won’t go over well AT ALL. 😦

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          • If you delete it, unless you say to do so permanently and you have to say delete this permanently, it’s possible to get it back …

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          • I clicked “remove content” but didn’t think that was removing it permanently. Didn’t click “delete” but can’t find how to get it back. So I guess it’s in comment “limbo” somewhere ….

            o.O

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          • Dear … I know I’ve written here before … but don’t see the notification anyway .. I really can’t understand what you did. I can’t even write a comment on your blog, I think maybe you have to activate comments … I did google plus you on both posts … looks just about like your Dungeon blog … cool!

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          • Weird. Thanks for telling me about it. I’ll tinker with it this weekend and see what on earth is wrong. So odd. 😦

            Glad you like the format though — it feels very odd — I don’t like the link colors — but hey, just fine-tuning,right?

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          • You can change the link colors if I’m not mistaken … yes, I think you need just to tinker a little to get it rolling along properly.

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          • I haven’t put my mind to it … anyway … you just go moderate then publish … I don’t remember ever seeing archive … but I’ve not really studied how blogger works … look all the stuff Kristjaan does with his blog … there must be ways to follow etc.

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          • See, that’s what I was thinking! How on earth does HE do it? Of course, the comments at his site never get as chaotic as they do at my site either .. I get a bit … ahem…. chatty … with comments going 5-6-7 comments deep.

            So … as I have time … will tinker and see what happens.

            On another note … think it’s too early to publish MLMM ?

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          • I think you can wait a little more and then maybe publish like a little before you publish BJ … that way no one can say anything. BTW didn’t see this weeks Tale Weaver post … did you put the word out for a new Tale Weaver?

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          • Yup, a nice “help wanted” image in it too 🙂

            Michael did a really nice fern fairy story. He should write a novel about them —

            Okay 🙂 Will wait till this evening for FT then 🙂

            Later!

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          • I did mention it … He seemed “iffy” about it … Not opposed to it… But …only mildly interested. We’ll have to keep mentioning it to him. Wonderfully intricate and believable stories.

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          • Ah … I loved these … especially the Illinois widow and that crazy lady with the wire fixture! The valentines are cute .. liked the streamlined train valentine!

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          • Isn’t that train AWESOME!?!? My favorite so far.
            The Illinois lady has such kind eyes … but what a weird hairpiece on the other. Yikes. Must have been all the rage in Rhode Island, huh? o.O

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          • They sure did. Wondering if she’s from the 1905-1915 era? But the card stock is a bit thin to be from that era. A real puzzle….

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