The Challenge is to choose a haiku you like, say why and write something similar. I chose something by Fukuda Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775) a haiku poetess that was holding her own with the masters of her time. Fukuda Chiyo-ni was a Japanese poet of the Edo period. This is the haiku I chose I don’t know how similar mine is. But it’s what I felt on reading hers. I like this because it has a mature reflective, and introspective feel to it.
for a woman’s heart –
Here is my attempt:
I keep trying
to push you out of my heart –
super moon and venus
For a bit more about her and a glimpse at her work go here
Try to choose a favorite haiku or tanka and tell us why you do like it and try to write/compose an all new haiku or tanka.
Here is my choice.
Fukuda Chiyo-ni (Kaga no Chiyo) (福田 千代尼; 1703 – 2 October 1775) was a Japanese poet of the Edo period, widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets.
yami wa nagarete
the only river
where darkness flows:
Why I like it? The imagery that came to me was that it had to truly be a heavy swarm of fireflies to give the image of a ‘glowing flow’. I looked up ‘swarms of fireflies’. Its a mating ritual. How relatable is that? Putting our best foot forward in the hopes of attracting a mate.
The following haiku was inspired by Chiyo-ni’s haiku
This post is in response to Carpe Diem Prompt which is to find a favorite haiku of Chiyo-ni and compose one in a similar spirit. I had never heard of this poet. Well, once before one of her haiku was part of the prompt. But who am I kidding. There is much I had never heard of about Haiku untill I started trying to learn about it in this Carpe Diem Haiku group. Reading her work and a bit about her life was.. clarifying. This was some further reading I did about Chiyo-
“…Oneness with nature” seems especially resonant in Chiyo-ni’s haiku. Basho’s theory of oneness with nature was that the poet should make a faithful or honest sketch of nature. In the Sanzohi (1702), Basho’s disciple, Doho, explains his teacher’s theory: “Learn about the pine from the pine and the bamboo from the bamboo–the poet should detach his mind from self . . . and enter into the object . . . so the poem forms itself when poet and object become one.” This experience is analogous to the Buddhist idea of satori, or enlightenment, what Kenneth Yasuda called the “haiku moment.” When writing haiku, Chiyo-ni immersed herself in nature, honestly observing what she saw, as in the following haiku:
sound of things
dropping from the tree–