Monthly Archives: December 2017

WINTER SIMPLICITY

Another winter hokku by Issa: Evening snow; People passing by In silence. It is not difficult to see how the elements of this harmonize.  The evening and the snow are both Yin, and though there is movement, that movement takes … Continue reading

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WINTER VACANCY

We have seen a version of this hokku by Issa before: Snow falling; A “House for Rent” sign That wasn’t there yesterday. There is something rather Dickensian about this.  People don’t like to move in winter — and particularly not … Continue reading

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SOLITUDE

Here is a slight variation on a hokku by Issa: (Winter) Solitude; The frost on the window Only deepens it. There is something about the icy cold of winter that really does increase the sense of aloneness.  This verse gives … Continue reading

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FIRE AND ICE: HARMONY OF CONTRAST

In hokku, as said many times here, one looks for a harmony of the elements included.  But the technique used to create it varies.  Two main types are: 1.  Harmony of Similarity: We find this in Chiyo-ni’s excellent verse that … Continue reading

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MIDWINTER’S DAY

Midwinter’s Day dawned here with freezing fog that whitened the grasses and faded the trees from view. It is the Winter Solstice — that time when the sun has reached the lowest point of its annual arc across the sky.  … Continue reading

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