We begin with Basho, this prompt was first published on October 19th 2012:
And we have a second haiku to inspire us as well ... Yozakura, who also writes about Sado which was where exiles were sent.the rough sea
flowing toward Sado Isle
the River of Heaven© Basho (1644-1694)Sado was an isle for banishment.
an outcast I amday dreaming along the seashore;Sado Isle beckons© Yozakura
So I feel that the rough seas we are reading about here are not necessarily the physical rough seas, but turmoil in an emotional sense, and rough seas are in fact a metaphor. In the first haiku, between the troubles of life and serenity ... in the second the personal desperation of living as an outcast.
storm and windrough seas
rough seas beat my home shores
- church bells toll
river of clouds on the rocks
- a lonely path
© G.s.k. '14