Knight in White Satin – Haiku – September 25, 2015


 winter dreams
embracing her satin knight
the snow falls

© G.s.k. ’15

linked to Carpe Diem My Favorite Haiku By … #4 Buson’s sleep with “daki kago”

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

sleeping alone
the spring breeze
comforts me

© Chèvrefeuille

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 …