Arco (TN)

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Hagi, Bush Clover - Haiku - November 3, 2014

Chèvrefeuille writes:
 "our first prompt of our new month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, November. The first seven (regular) prompts will be the seven sacred autumn flowers and today the first of those sacred autumn flowers is Bush Clover (Hagi)."
I found it interesting that the word Bush Clover in Japanese is Hagi ... in Italian that's the way Haji has been transliterated - in the Muslim faith a Haji (Italian - Hagi) is a person who has gone to Mecca for Sacred Pilgrimage ... which of course has nothing to do with Bush Clover but it struck me anyway as interesting anyway :-) .

Tree Sparrows and Bush Clover (Hagi ni suzume) : Utagawa Hiroshige Japanese, 1797-1858 - RISD Museum

tree sparrows
among the bush clover flowers
chirrup happily

shimmering fog
bush clover flowers swaying
- in the northern wind

© G.s.k. '14


Here are some haiku written by the haiku Master - Basho:

mire te yuku ya   hito mo okashi   ame no hagi

to get wet
by passing a man is interesting
bush clover in rain

© Basho

shiratsuyu wo kobusanu hagi no uneri kana

not spilling the glistening dew, 
the bush clover, 

 © Basho

yuujo no onajiyane no moto de amarini moga nemutte iru hagi to tsuki

under the same roof
courtesans, too, are asleep --
bush clover and the moon

© Basho 


  1. I like the image of the flowers swaying in the wind.

  2. Hello Georgia - as always, both are great! but the second haiku is so vivid -- thinking of the swaying flowers as a type of shimmering fog is so peaceful.

    1. Thanks ... I had problem with the editor yesterday ... that second haiku was the first and nearly left it off in frustration ...

  3. Lovely response Georgia, both are real beauties.

  4. Love them both, cara...and the image of that shimmering fog...nice rolling off the lake

    1. Thanks dear girl .. I love fog, at least theoretically ... a lot more when I was younger and didn't have joint ache.


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

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