June 29, 2009

Haiga 246-Basho


Haiku by Basho. From "Narrow Road to Oku"

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4 comments:

Poet in Residence said...

here's, from me, is what you might call a japanese folklore-groundbreaking haiku, it is of course inspired by the japanese moonshot and the moment of impact which is an astronommy picture for today on my 'bard on the run' blogspot - you may like to illustrate it if you think it's good or inspirational enough

princess kaguya
stops to
kiss the Moon

kuni_san said...

Kaguya kissing the moon,,,Interesting.
This verse seems incomplete as a haiku.
The verse is actually two lines:
princess kaguya
stops to kiss the moon
It needs another line for a "cutting" effect.
For instance:
Long absence,
princess kaguya
stops to kiss the moon

Poet in Residence said...

you are right of course, so how can we commemorate this milestone in japanese space exploration?
there must be something important in the princess kaguya legend that fits otherwise the astronomers wouldn't refer to the rocket as princess kaguya...will get back after more thought,
gwilym

Poet in Residence said...

'Long absence' is perfect, because Kaguya originates from the capital of the moon in the oldest Japanese legend the story of the bamboo cutter

Long absence,
Princess Kaguya
Stops to kiss the Moon

I've put capital M so we know which moon we're talking about. There are a lot of them up there.

This Princess must an important Japanese person. A giant cruise liner is to be named after her.