Thursday, December 15, 2011


Another week has gone by. A new Thursday Poets Rally has come. This last week was very busy. My wife had her birthday and all of our childeren and grandchilderen were at our home to celebrate it. It was a great day. We also decorated the Christmastree.
Inbetween these activities finding time to write haiku wasn't easy, but ... I was inspired and excited when I got the Thursday Poets Award for week 57. Another thing to celebrate.

I am honoured to have gotten this award for my haiku and I like to thank all of you who nominated me. Who am I to got this award which I humbly accept.
Well ... back to business. I am preparing a series of blog-items about Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), a haikumaster. I already published the first four parts of this new series, which I have given the title Basho Revisited (for example part one), earlier this week on my blog. In every part of Basho Revisited I am telling something about Basho's life and use a haiku written by him. Writing about Basho is easy, because I love his haiku and I am feeling a kind of bond with him. I also try to write a haiku in the same sense and tone of the haiku by Basho. I hope (and that's the challenge) that my haiku has a little of "Basho's Spirit".
According to fellow haiku poets, my haiku are in the same Spirit as the haiku by Basho. I can't say that of my own haiku, maybe you, my visitors, can tell me.

In part eight of Basho Revisited (not published yet) I used the following haiku by Basho which he wrote in 1676. It's a translation by Jane Reichhold and was published in "Old Pond: Basho's (almost) thousand haiku" also by Jane Reichhold.

essential to life
the little space under my hat
enjoying the coolness

This is a not so well known haiku of Basho. The Japanese hat in this haiku is the so called "kasa".

Credits: kasa
The "kasa" was an umbrella like hat. In some way through wearing this 'kasa' Basho always had his own shady place at hand.

The haiku I wrote in this part of Basho Revisited has the same tone, sense and humour I think.

such a hot day
my shadow needs to cool down
under the willow

Another one with the same theme:

hot summerday
the shadow of the willows
Ah! that coolness

Happy Rally!!


Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

love your Haikus,
Glad to see you share your family experiences.

Merry Christmas.

tinkwelborn said...

ah! well done!
I like the shadow needing to cool down.

short, concise, concentric around heat.

good job.

Daydreamer said...

Lovely. I really enjoy your Haiku and the back story of Basho too.

Maggie said...

My favorite form of poetry is a haiku. Well done. : )

Chèvrefeuille said...

Thanks for these kind words.

Neha said...

cute hat and nice set of haiku :)
thank you for your feedbacks back at my page.
Happy rally.

Susie Clevenger said...

great haiku...I think I have experienced times when "my shadow needs to cool down" love that!

Chèvrefeuille said...

Hello Neha and Susie, thank you for visiting my haiku-blog. Thanks also for the nice comments.


Pat-Mather Brown Gordon-ceton said...

shadow needing to cool down,

cool line,
wholesome poetry.

Pat-Mather Brown Gordon-ceton said...

shadow needing to cool down,

cool line,
wholesome poetry.

Chèvrefeuille said...

Thanks Orange Tree for your kind words.

full of oranges
the Orange tree in my backyard -
Ah! that perfume

Well ... what's in a name ... just some inspiration :)

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

your beautiful lines brought warmth on a cold day.

Chèvrefeuille said...

Good day Anjum Artwriter, thank you for visiting my haiku-blog. Thanks for the kind words and ... please come again.

Merry Christmas
the way to a new year of light
have a great one!