Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Writing With Basho (4) - "has spring come" - July 19, 2014

Today we look at Basho's haiku once again on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.  Chèvrefeuille gives us a special treat, this is the master's first saved haiku:

 "As he wrote/composed this haiku he was a young guy of nearly 20 yrs old. And in my opinion this haiku looks like the haiku of a beginner, but as we will look closer ... this haiku is a masterpiece, one of his first masterpieces. This haiku isn't well known, but I think you will like it."
haru ya koshi    toshi ya yukiken    kotsugomori
has spring come
or has the year gone?

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. David Landis Barnhill)

( With this haiku came a preface, as was very common in those times. That preface was: ''Today we have the first day of spring in spite of the date''.

I think you can imagine why Basho wrote this haiku, so I leave it ... no explanation ... just visualize the scene.)
tender rose bud
will it blossom or wither?
a new season

© G.s.k. '14

I don't know what my first hailu ever was --- but this is my first published haiku on Bastet and Sekhmet's Library (now  private):

Lago di Nemi by GSK

Rain, thunder and wind by night
Then came the morning
Cristal skies and light.

For more information about Basho, click the link above and visit today's post.


  1. Tender roses and crystal sky - compelling images.

    We have several water fowl. For a few years we had a black duck with a white bow tie spot who seemed to pair up with a white duck. I called them The Tux Duck and his White Lady. :)

    1. Lol ... like the story about Tux Duck and White Lady :-) Thanks for sending it along.

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harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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