embracing her satin knight
the snow falls
© G.s.k. ’15
daki kago ya hitoyo fushimi no sasame goto
sleep with “daki kago”!
as with a one-night harlot at Fushimi
exchanging lovers’ talks.
© Yosa Buson
the spring breeze
What is a daki kago: Daki kago = is a body pillow woven from thin strips of bamboo. It was used to sleep away the heat of summer night in the Edo period (1603-1868). We in the west have the bolster … not for keeping cool but as a sleeping aid for pregnant women or for people who have back problems – the French use them under their normal pillows – I suppose as a neck support (which I find very uncomfortable).
Why the video? Nights in White Satin, one of my favourite pieces by Moody Blues came to mind when I wrote my haiku so I decided to link it here … I’ve been told that those nights in white satin, if I’m not mistaken were letters – but I’m not sure.
But what is my favourite haiku today … because that should have been what I was writing about … but I got distracted so go to the next post …