Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Writing with Buson (3) - "on the shortcut path" - July 15, 2014

Into our third week of July, Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, introduces the third haiku by Buson!

chikamichi ya mizu fumi wataru satsukiame

on the shortcut path,

stepping through water to cross the meadow
in the summer rains.

© Buson (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

The Shortcut (Haibun)

Many years ago, we decided to visit my husband's mother who lived in Tuscany.  Usually we'd take the highway to get there but we decided that it would be more interesting to get off the highway at a certain point and take a short cut. This way we reasoned we could avoid having to go all the way to Florence and then cut back to get to the village where she lived.

We got off the highway at Barberino di Mugello.  Once we arrived in that town, we followed directions in order to get to Prato which is near to where his mother lived.  We found ourselves in no time in the middle of a dark forest that ran over and through a mountainous area.  Sometimes the "road" was little more than a gravelled pathway just wide enough for an automobile.  At one point we took a wrong turn and found ourselves at an abandoned farm house and a dead-end.  Of course we had to turn back until we found the right road, half an hour later.

Eventually we did find our way to his mother's village, but we were 5 hours late arriving and his mother was frantic with worry! 

through the Tuscan hills
shortcut through the empty forests
lost in the dark


  1. Replies
    1. That they can ... and the word brings to mind many a shudder :-) Thanks for dropping in Arushi.

  2. Unfamiliar shortcuts certainly come with risks! Nicely Georgia!


    1. Can be downright perilous if oneisn't careful! Thanks for dropping byHank. Georgia

  3. Lots of shortcuts like this in my grandparents' neck of the woods -- treacherous indeed!
    Loving this haibun --!

  4. Thanks Jen ... I've got quite a few of these short-cut stories I could share with your granparents .. including one recently whilst going from Illinois to Georgia :-) That wasn't dangerous, but it sure was time consuming.

  5. Feels like the movie ''lost in translation''

    1. I'm really going to have to see that movie, which someone gifted me but I've never seen. However this is the third time this title has come to my attention in the last few days. Thanks for stopping by.


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

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