Tag Archives: summer

SAFFLOWER DEW

In traditional hokku, dew was a subject for autumn.  The female writer Chiyo-ni wrote: (Autumn) Spilt, It is only water; Safflower dew. It looks one way when on the colorful safflower blossom with its “cosmetic” reputation, but when it spills … Continue reading

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THE SMELLS OF THINGS: CHARACTERISTICS OF HOKKU

There is a very simple but highly suggestive hokku by Bonchō : In the town, The smells of things; The summer moon. That is the form in English. As you know, a hokku expresses a season, either spring, summer, fall … Continue reading

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WHITE ON WHITE: A HOKKU BY KYOROKU

Today is that very ancient holiday Midsummer’s Day — the Summer Solstice.  It is the day when the sun reachest its highest point in its yearly arc across the sky, and it is the longest day of the year.  After … Continue reading

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CLOUD SHADOWS

A hokku by Kyoroku: A cool breeze; Cloud shadows passing Over the green fields. This rather reminds one of a scene from a Hayao Miyazaki animated feature, with the wind blowing the grasses in waves. Where I live, this would … Continue reading

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THE FLAG: A HOKKU

From this hokku it should not be hard to guess today’s weather where I am: (Summer) The flag Hangs limp on its pole; The heat!   David

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May Winds

May Day; The warm wind fills with whirling seeds. Today  — May Day — Bealtaine/Beltane by its old Celtic name, is the day in the old agricultural calendar when summer begins.  It certainly feels like summer has begun where I … Continue reading

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GREAT HEAT: SUMMER’S MAXIMUM

A hokku by Chinshi: (Summer) The snail moves round To the underside of the leaf; The heat! If you reach back in your memory to previous postings about the Hokku Calendar — the Hokku Year — you may recall that … Continue reading

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