Morning haiku and waka – September 13, 2015

each rice sprout planted
by hand in the flooded fields
in late autumn

the woman moves
through the endless furrows
under the pulsing sun

timeless rice plants sway
under the moonless sky
like summer stars

rolling the grass
powerless the seeds fall
into the rice bags

floating in the dust
rice chaff dances in the sunshine
over rice paddies

known by many names
no matter where’s it’s grown
women planted rice
worldwide they’ve toiled in fields
in timeless tradition

© G.s.k. ‘15

THIS WEEK’S WORDS for the September 9th Sunday Whirligig come from “August 12 in the Nebraska Sand Hills Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower” by Twyla Hansen: rolling, furrow, moves, dust, timeless, floating, name, powerless, stars, rub, pulsing, moonless

Also written for:

Carpe Diem Time Machine #16

The photographs were found in a google search: The black and white photo of the Italian mondine was found at AvaxNews. The black and white photo of Japanese Planters was found at Pocket Guide to Japan. The colour photo of women planting rice while three men are watching the was found at Are You Corn-fed? (And the article attached to the photo is really worth reading). The old photograph of the elderly Italian women was found at Early Photos of Ebersgöns a gallery of historical photographs. The colour photograph of the woman in the rice-fields of Tamal was found at Gems of Tamalnadu. The photograph of Gambian rice workers was found at River Gambia Expedition. And the painting of the Italian women planting rice was found at Bioware Forum.  The video clip of “Riso Amaro” was found on YouTube.

Some Folk Music from Italy – June 17, 2015

Le mondine were itinerant working women who left their homes in summer to work in  the rice paddies in Northern Italy (work began in the month of June until harvest time) during the 19th and part of the 20th century.

Work conditions were terrible and the pay just enough to barely make the sacrifices worth while.  The women spent long hours during the early season bare-footed and  knee-deep in water transplanting the new rice and endless hours under the sun weeding the plants as they grew.

A famous film all about their life and work starring  entitled “Bitter Rice” came out in 1949 starring Vittorio Gassman and Silvana Mangano.

Movies-Riso Amaro.jpg

le mondine
singing under the hot sun
dreaming of autumn

© G.s.k. ‘15