NaHaiWriMo #22 Leaf

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I say, if your haiku wants to fly away, let it go.

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don’t carry off

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don’t carry off

my haiku collection!

deer at my hut

–haiku by Kobayashi Issa (English translation by David G. Lanoue), illustrated with a cartoon by Jessica Tremblay (Old Pond Comics)

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Day 1 of the NaHaiWriMo challenge. The goal of the National Haiku Writing Month is to write one haiku a day. I decided to let Issa do the writing, and I’ll create one haiku-comic a day in February.

Michael Dylan Welch, the creator of the event, is providing inspiration with his daily prompt. The February 1 writing prompt was: “ HAIKU (write a serious haiku ABOUT haiku, which is hard to do well)”

I logged in to the Kobayashi Issa haiku database by David G. Lanoue on the HaikuGuy.com/issa website, typed “haiku” and found 11 haiku with the word “haiku” written by Issa.

I think I’ll make it my goal this month to illustrate lesser-known haiku by Kobayashi Issa (if the prompts allow it).

Enjoy!

Jumping aside

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This haiku-comic was published in The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture (February 2015 issue)

jumping aside

the crow just laughs…

snowball

– Haiku by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue, illustrated by Old Pond Comics.

Some Basho Facebook status updates (by Michael Dylan Welch)

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In this Techno Tuesday column, I share a hilarious Facebook post by Michael Dylan Welch.

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On December 15, Michael Dylan Welch shared on his Facebook page this beautiful Japanese print created by Chet Phillips with the comment: “Basho really should upgrade to a flat-screen monitor, or maybe get a laptop or tablet.

Carmen Sterba pointed out: “Actually, the oddest thing is not the computer but the combination of a dragonfly and cherry blossoms in the same season.

Meanwhile Vladislav Vassiliev replied to Michael’s post: “He does have a laptop. Because they cut him off internet in his Bashoan he goes to the nearby Starbucks to update his Facebook status.”

The funniest thing is what Michael Dylan Welch wrote afterwards. Check this out:

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Some Basho Facebook updates:


Monday: Took a walk around the pond today to enjoy the spring sunshine. Heard a frog jump in. Thought I’d write a poem about it.

Tuesday: For so many centuries, poems about frogs have celebrated their croak, so writing about the sound of a frog jumping into the water seems pretty radical. Any of you homies think I should go for it anyway?

Wednesday: Got the last two lines down of my new poem: kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto. But I’m stuck on my first line. Shoot me your suggestions if you’ve got any.

Thursday: Settled on furuike ya for my first line. Thanks, buddy, for the suggestion (you know who you are).

Friday: Decided against the frog legs for dinner.

Written by Michael Dylan Welch

Source: Michael Dylan Welch Facebook page.