Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Writing with Buson (4) - "flowers of the plum" - July 20, 2014

Buson was a haiku poet but was more famous for his painting and haiga (painting with haiku).  Here are two examples of Buson's haiga offered to us by Carpe Deim Haiku Kai (for more information and another painting click the link.)

sekizoro o suzume no warau detachi kana
year-end mummers
are a sight to make
the sparrows laugh
© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Addiss)

Sekizoro Singers by Yosa Buson

This is a haiga painted by Yosa Buson for the world famous haiku ''frogpond'' by Basho:

Haiga ''frogpond''
Buson wrote almost 3000 haiku in his lifetime and was a master of observation, due his painting skills. This is today's haiku prompt:

Sumizumi ni nokoru samusa ya ume no hana
in nooks and corners
cold remains:
flowers of the plum
© Yosa Buson (tr. RH Blyth)
This is Chevrefeuille's haiku dedicated to Buson:

fresh fallen snow
reflects the light of the full moon -
first plum blossom blooms

© Chèvrefeuille  


One of the main products of our area are plums ...

late spring cold
surprises the first plum blossoms
in Sarca valley


  1. What a nice response on Buson's haiku Georgia, your link didn't work properly so I have re-linked you ...

    1. Thank you for fixing the link and I'm pleased you enjyed it.

  2. This is gorgeous! Plus I've learned something new about your area. Here, we have peaches and apples. And it can be a catastrophe when the tender blossoms are caught in a freeze, can't it?

    Loved this haiku.

  3. Thanks Jen - our area id definately agricultural ... except for our tourists of course. Yes here we'll have some early warm days and all the trees start blooming ... then we'll get a cold snap, sometimes even a little snow. But they usually pop right back no worse for the ware. Apples need a freeze, they tell me, to bring on the fruit.

  4. What a lovely photo, no exquisite with a haiku that does it justice. Brava, cara.

  5. Thanks that was a photo I took last year ... and transformed inot a haiga! Glas you liked it!


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