Monthly Archives: June 2014

THE EFFECT OF YIN AND YANG

Summer heat; The drip — drip of water In the shadows. This verse illustrates a fundamental technique used in many hokku — harmony of contrast. It is simple. One just combines things that are opposite in nature — heat is … Continue reading

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THAT NOMAD GYPSY: FRANCIS LEDWIDGE’S JUNE

Yes, today is the Summer Solstice, Midsummer’s Day, the longest day of the year. It is also the turning point. Now, though roses are blooming, the days will grow increasingly shorter, the nights longer again. Time does not pause a … Continue reading

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BUSON’S BARE MOUNTAIN: A SUMMER HOKKU

Buson wrote an effective hokku that, like many good summer hokku, deals with the heat of the season: higaeri no hageyama koyuru atsusa kana Day-trip ‘s bald-mountain crossing heat kana A day’s journey Across a bare mountain; The heat! The … Continue reading

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