A blog devoted mainly to haiku and senryu and to thoughts about, and inspired by, haiku and senryu.
- Name: Bill
- Location: New York, New York
Haiku is to poetry as espresso is to coffee.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
after the holidays
at the bus stop
Shiki Kukai, January 2013. Assigned kigo: "first calm," that is, first of the new year. This "first" business is derived from traditional Japanese haiku and is well grounded in traditional Japanese culture. It has never traveled well, and there is no reason it should. Even in Japan, it's a throwback to the old lunar calendar, according to which the year began on the threshold of spring. Thus, the arrival of the new year was followed almost immediately by the first signs of spring, which were celebrated in poetry.
Around here, January 2 is just another winter day.