Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
The end of January is closing in on us, just a few days left. And than we will start with a new month of Carpe Diem full of wonderful prompts.
This Carpe Diem Special by Shiki is the last one of this month. I couldn't choose however which haiku I would love to share here ... so a treat ... today's Special has two wonderful haiku written by Shiki.
filters through the undergrowth
onto the hanging bed
the evening sun shines on a tree
where a cicada is chirping
I would like to share some background on Shiki. In opposition to the prevailing trend of his time, Shiki depreciated Basho and affirmed the superiority of Buson. What appealed to him in Buson was his objectivity, his attitude as painter=poet looking with clear, fresh eyes upon the various world.
The personality of Shiki is not perhaps a very attractive one, but when we read his haiku we are struck with the large number of excellent, perfect verses which he wrote. He was a great believer in nature (almost a follower of Shinto-religion) 'still life', the avoidance of all intellectual elements in poetry. His strength and his weakness lay in his lack of religion. From his lack of religion comes his clearness of eye and mind, lack of sentimentality, love of truth, and devotion to literature. But we feel some want of depth: the baby has been thrown out with the bath-water.
Shiki isn't in touch with much that is human though its formbe superstitious and irrational.
Shiki is a humanist, but we feel something a little hard, superficial, unloving in him.
Well ... that was Masaoka Shiki. Next month I will share haiku by Chiyo-ni in the Carpe Diem Specials, but that's for February.
We are still in January and today we have our last Special by Shiki ... so let's do some haiku composing in the same Spirit and tone as Shiki.
in the shadow of the pine -
wandering over the hazy heath
the cry of an owl
bushes and trees look taller
in the evening sun
I think they're in the Spirit of Shiki ... what do you think?
Have fun, let the Spirit of Shiki inspire you all to compose haiku and share them here on Carpe Diem, a community of Haijin.
This prompt will stay on 'til January 30th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will publish our next episode later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). That will be 'birdsong'.