a river breeze – May 29, 2015

River Sarca

cool river breeze
here in a blue silk sun dress
laughing at ducks

swift-moving water
the cool river breeze
bowing reeds

mallards in reeds
playing hide and seek
on River Sarca

© G.s.k. ‘15


kawa kaze ya usu gaki ki taru yu suzumi

a river breeze
the one wearing a light persimmon robe
enjoying the coolness

© Basho (Tr. jane Reichhold)

“After his “Narrow Road” Basho stayed on travelling through his world, ancient Japan. In the summer of 1690 he visited Kyoto (former capital of Japan) and he wrote our haiku for today, “a river breeze”, on the river banks of the Shijo. It’s assumed that there is an image of Basho wearing a light persimmon robe. That persimmon robe is the theme of this haiku.”

One of the basic rules of classical and even some school of modern haiku, the “ego” that is reference to oneself is frowned upon, yet in the above haiku (and in several others), Basho is present and observing the river festival that took place that year, as in many others, in summer.    Here’s haiku written by our host using this technique for today’s episode on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai:

hot summer day
lying naked in the sun
no need for coolness

© Chèvrefeuille

9 thoughts on “a river breeze – May 29, 2015

    • Ah yes, our river is really a beauty .. a little dry right now though, summer sees it reduced to a healthy stream … until there’s a big rain storm 🙂


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