Carpe Diem Haiku *Basho “Winds of Autumn”*

Today on Carpe Diem our source of inspiration is a haiku, written by Matsuo Basho:

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a peach tree
its leaves aren’t scattered
winds of autumn

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This is a rather controversial haiku because it has also a reference to Basho’ s homosexuality (in his time homosexuality was very common in the world of arts). The following haiku is my attempt not to wander too far away from the same mood and spirit:

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connecting
two banks of the same river
a rainbow

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Carpe Diem Haiku *Iwamoto-ji (Temple 37)*

And so the Carpe Diem Haiku Shikoku Pilgrimage continues…along the Shimanto River all the way to the Iwamoto-ji Temple, devoted to the Five Great Buddhas of Wisdom. All Five Buddhas have their own complete capability system to overcome a particular evil with a particular good.

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down to the river
pilgrim’s feet seek cool release
mind can’t stop walking

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temple of five buddhas
perplexed among statues
before whom to bow first

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good against evil
cat lurks in shadows of temple yard
bird’ s final song

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Carpe Diem Haiku *Ob River*

Originating from glaciers of the Altay Mountains and crossing several climatic zones on its way, the Ob River (Обь) flows through the West Siberian Plain to the Kara Sea (part of the Arctic Ocean), forming delta of 4000 square kilometers. The Ob River basin is in the first place in Russia on the number of fish caught. There are around 50 different species of fish there, 50% of which are caught for industrial purposes. Peculiarities of the national fishing in Russia? A couple of friends, enough vodka and a river. Everything else varies…

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once a glacier
river runs towards the sea
metamorphose

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in boat for hours
patience is a virtue
sounds fishy

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great expectations
entangled in fishing line
i catch the sunrise

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