Monday, July 23, 2012

Tackle It Tuesday, passion


Dear Haijin (haiku poets),

Another week has gone. Again it was a busy week. I had to work the whole week at the hospital and I have started writing a new novel. I am not only a haiku poet, but also an author. Writing is my passion. Haiku is one of my biggest passions, but I love to write novels too. My novels are all written in Dutch. I hope someday that I can find the time to translate one of my novels in English, but that's ... maybe just a dream.
This week's theme for Tackle It Tuesday is "passion". Passion, what is it? Passion can mean romance, love or doing something passionate, such as writing haiku.

Passion, can also refer to the events that occur with Easter. The whole story on Jesus Christ can be called passion so that can also be a inspiration for you, my dear Haijin, to write a haiku about.

So this week's theme is passion. Write a haiku or set of haiku, classical or non-classical, on passion. Enjoy your writing and sharing it with Tackle It Tuesday. Maybe this haiku can inspire you, it's one of Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), a haiku master. He is one of my favorite haiku poets and I see him as my Haiku Master who inspires me to write haiku.


sazo na hoshi   hijikimono ni wa   shika no kawa

surely star-lovers
using as a rug
a deer skin

I like this one very much. Basho was inspired by the Tanabata-festival, one of the greatest festivals in classic Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese festival celebrated each year on July 7th. It celebrates the coming together of Orihime and Hikoboshi, the stars we call Vega and Altair. In Japanese folklore they are celestial lovers, separated by the river of the Milky Way, except for one day a year.

Credits: Tanabata festival

The haiku tells us how a boy and a girl are laying down on a deer skin to watch at the stars to see Altair and Vega meet each other. It's a romantic haiku, but (in my opinion) also a haiku on passion.
When Tanabata is on, streets, houses and other items are covered with colorful strips of paper.

colorful strips of paper in the streets for the Tanabata festival 
It looks wonderful and I think this colorful picture can be a source of inspiration. Let the haiku or the wonderful pictures inspire you to write a haiku (classical or non-classical). Enjoy the fun ... see you next week.This episode stays on 'till Monday July 30th 11.59 PM 

OK ... my haiku on this week's theme:

midsummer night
walking along the seashore
with the one I love

7 comments:

Kristjaan Panneman said...

A new Tackle It Tuesday challenge is on. Have fun. Please leave a comment after linking.
Next week the theme will be 'Holy Isle'. I will tell you more later on.

joanne said...

I really hope your haiku was personal - everyone needs 'a loved one'....and I am fascinated by all the adjunct info you include in your post.
One problem though: I cannot link up because, when I try, I get a message limiting the number of characters in my 'link', and I have too many. Due to my being fairly new to this, I can't figure how to shorten it.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful post both this one and the following one ~ Absolutely love the photos ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

Loredana Donovan said...

Dear Kristjaan:

Thank you for the lovely prompt. Here is my link:

http://loredana-donovan.blogspot.com/2012/07/blue-sky.html

I tried but once again I could not link with the widget. Please share my link with our haiku friends.

Have a great day. Best wishes,
Loredana

Loredana Donovan said...

Thank you for adding my link, Kristjaan. I enjoyed your post. The pictures are colorful and meaningful. Your haiku is lovely. Basho is one of my favorites, too. Thanks for sharing the legend about the star lovers. A great post all around :)

awalkinmyheart said...

Kris, thank you for another week of haiku. I'm learning to write tanka and have linked one here. Hope this is acceptable? See you next week.

Grace said...

This is lovely ~

Sorry I haven't been participating lately as the schedule doesn't work for me ~