Padua’s late spring
apricot blossoms have withered
the cherry bears fruit
sit under the persimmon
white blossoms fall in your tea
© G.s.k. ‘15
this tanka was inspired by the following “renga”
pine shows him
since the cherry blossoms
I’ve waited three months to see
the twin-trunk pine
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
As Basho left on his journey into the deep north many friends gave him gifts. His friend and disciple Kyohaku gifted him this haiku (above) … Takekuma is a place famous for its twin-trunk pine and late-blooming cherry trees. We see that Basho arrives late to visit Takekuma, he enjoyed seeing the tree perhaps, but the cherry blossoms were long gone.
These brought to mind my recent voyage to Padua … the cherries are now bearing their first fruit … and as I sat in the morning under my son’s persimmon tree its fat blossoms kept falling on the table placed under the tree for shade. The tree in the photograph is an apricot tree – when I was there is March it was full of white blossoms!