August 5, 2011
Haiga 624 Hosaku Shinohara haiku - stars
Haiku by Hosaku Shinohara. Artwork by myself.
Have you ever seen skyful of stars, I mean all the stars from the big ones to tiny ones, all visible?
I have. Once in a remote countryside of India, another time at the top of Mt. Maunakea in Hawaii. I was simply amazed and awed at seeing so many stars, which I had never known existed above me all the time. The sheer size of the sky itself was overwhelming, too.
Another thing I noticed was that at the top of high mountain where the air is thinner, stars do not twinkle. Stars twinkle because of the thick layer of atmosphere so it only happens on the ground level. I rather see stars twinkling, though, for it looks as though they are alive, breathing or something.
Shinohara observed the similar sky at the sea. I made this haiga, remembering my own experience of skyful of stars.
P.S. The word "skyful" is not in dictionary. I made it up, but still it works, does it not?