Tag Archives: violets

VANISHED SPRINGS: ISSA’S VIOLETS

Issa wrote a spring “question” hokku about violets: (Spring) Who was it That lived here before me? The violets…. “The violets” is not an answer to his question, but rather the context.  He is wondering what kind of people were … Continue reading

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FADED VIOLETS

Sono-jo — another female writer of hokku — wrote: Isogashi ya   sumire wo tsumeba   tsukuzuku shi Busy       ya violets wo picking    thoroughly So occupied — Absorbed in picking violets. Sometimes one becomes so absorbed … Continue reading

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VIOLETS, HEART AND MIND

Today I see the robins are out, and violets have begun to bloom. In “organic” hokku, as we might call the modern system, we do not use specific season words to classify our hokku; instead we classify them by merely … Continue reading

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