Morning Haiku and Waka – May 3, 2015

Visiting Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today you can read this haibun written (and more) by Basho:

Matsubaya was in Ise, so we went in search of news of him, and stayed here for ten days. After dark, I visited the Outer Shrine of Ise. The first gate was faintly visible against the light sky.  Sacred lanterns were everywhere. The pine wind from the mountain pierced me, and my heart was deeply moved.

end of the month
no moon hugging an ancient cedar
in the storm

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)


The following was inspired by Basho’s tale:


Yesterday I went to the Arco’s Bonsai fair.  Among the many exhibitions there were people who also sold statues, scrolls and a few exhibitions including some beautiful  suiseki.  There were even  reproductions of famous ancient scrolls including one of Basho.

there is a cedar
among the bonsai plants
under grey skies


at the bonsai fair
there lay a metal oxen
the taming of the wild ox
I smiled
looking very carefully
I laughed
for the ox was not an ox
it was a bronze cow
contemplating the statue
it seemed fitting for me

© G.s.k. ‘15

6 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – May 3, 2015

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