Basho’s Blossoms




Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new Tanka Splendor here at our WP blog Tanka Splendor (also part of the CDHK Family). This month we are celebrating the 6th anniversary of our homepage “Carpe Diem Haiku Kai”. Back in 2012 I started Carpe Diem Haiku Kai to challenge you to create haiku and tanka on a daily base. During the last 6 years our CDHK Family has grown and today I love to challenge you here at Tanka Splendor to create tanka inspired on “blossom” haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), one of the greatest haiku poets ever.

Here are a few “blossom” haiku by him:

how many, many things
they call to mind
these cherry-blossoms!

Haiku weaves vivid images, and cherry blossom themed poems have an element of contemplation and bittersweetness that is compelling. The sight of blossoms, so exquisite and so evanescent, is a reminder of the transience of things, and while it can be melancholy, it’s also reassuring. Everything passes–and then returns.

cherry blossoms Japan

temple bells die out.
the fragrant blossoms remain.
a perfect evening!

In a sense, poetry is closest to perfume, because the interpretation of the message concealed in words as in aromas are left to the beholder.

very brief –
gleam of blossoms in the treetops
on a moonlit night.

© Matsuo Basho

Well … do you think you can create tanka inspired on these beautiful haiku by the master? I am looking forward to your responses.


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