Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Writing with Shiki - "The cuckoo's cry" June 26, 2014

Unfortunately, I was late for the Ghost writer's prompt prepared by Jessica Slavin dedicated to Issa, one of my favorite haiku poets!  The post was lovely and if you haven't read it yet, please do so now by clicking HERE.

I wish to just dedicate a haiku to Issa before moving on:

rain falls on rooftops
cleaning away summer's dust
the wasps buzz playfully

I saw this happen yesterday and thought of Issa when under a brilliant sunny sky, rain started falling ... the wasps on my neighbor's roof seemed to be having a shower :-)

Now for today's post.  

 This fourth post dedicated to Shiki fell on the day of national mourning in the Netherlands for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines attack which occurred a week ago killing over 250 passengers, the majority, Dutch.  Our minds go to the victims and to their family and friends who must now cope with such a terrible loss.
Heres Shiki's poem:
minazuki no  kokū ni suzushi  hototogisu

in the coolness
of the empty sixth-month sky...
the cuckoo's cry

© Masaoka Shiki

And here is Chévrefeuille's haiku:

the summer heat
trembles at the horizon -
a cooling breeze

the summer heat
trembles at the horizon -
a cooling breeze

© Chèvrefeuille
under a crystal sky
raindrops fall copiously
the cuckoo cries

© G.s.k. '14



  1. This is a lovely tribute with such a classical feel.

    1. almost an Shiki? That'd be cool! ;-) Thanks Jen for the feedback.


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

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