Finding Matsuo Basho

Japanese poetry has always fascinated me. I literally
slave over my haiku, most times I hate what I write..
After a lot of mind bashing, a little bit of a semblance of
haiku comes out, if I dare to call it that..
Today, I was delighted to find comments on my short poems
posted yesterday and the day before and the day before.
These comments are nothing but the best haiku I ever read on WP.
Cheers to our very own Haiku Master, Mick E Talbot

The first poem is mine and the one below is the haiku of Mick.

my meditation
the night meditates-
in the seclusion of my mind
I dream of Adonis.

Mick’s haiku
I dream of Venus
blinding beauty reaching out
Goddess of love.

The moon rises
The moon rises through
nocturnal scents
tall trees guard night blossoms
stars gaze
I sit in the darkness
listening to the sound
of crickets..

Mick’s haiku
watch the moon tonight
earth shadow shakes it down
a snow moon myth.

A cold february sky
a cold february sky
I grieve into the
mountain’s shadow.

Mick’s haiku
cold february
winter still holds the reigns
spring birds begging.

my window to the sky
a frame of heaven-
sky walking the universe
suspended in peace..

Mick’s haiku
more peaceful than earth
distant galaxies who knows
unanswered questions..

A little dedication to Matsuo Basho, Kobayahsi Issa,
Yosa Buson,Masaoka Shiki, Kato Shuson,
Natsume Soseki, Murakami Kijo, Shushiki,
Tan Taigi, Hokushi, Hasin.

88 thoughts on “Finding Matsuo Basho

  1. The development of haiku from the Japanese Masters to the modern day is an interesting one yassy. The ones from you and Mick make an excellent read. I am not sure any attempt is good or bad, it is more what is in the soul of the writer and what it evokes in the reader.

    Writing haiku
    Grasp the nettle
    Scream with nature

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      1. Apparently it was given, or referred to as the snow moon, due to the extra heavy February snowfalls. You know what, forgot all about it, in fact it was over cast, and the fact that i was missing something never entered my head : (

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      1. as mortals ner to meet
        written heartfelt words chances
        out in cyberspace

        with natures help
        green paths transcending earths plain
        soules alike will meet

        yes you your genius
        inspiring not just me all
        empathy for life

        yasmin from my heart
        my thanks surfing cyberspace
        virtual word waves

        your words mine too
        from our open hearts treasures
        love hope freedom peace

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  2. I really enjoy the poetry of Kobo Daishi. I actually recently posted a translation of his titled “Singing Images of Heatwaves” if you want to check it out! (it’s how I found this post, looking for similar blogs).

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  3. you know what makes Haiku easy for me? Think azaad shayri…they are very similar in that way: yes the meter is different and all that. But forget the technicalities for a second and think: simple, rhymeless, a single thought put into a metaphor….azaad shayri! You get your haiku.

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