cold winds blow
snow still graces the ground
three plum blossoms bud
© Carol Campbell
You are invited to visit and read the fabulous haiku artists at Carpe Diem. For today, our prompt was:
“Today our prompt is Ume-no-hana (ume flower) and it’s a classical kigo for the end of winter, or the last part of winter. Ume-no-hana (ume flower) is mostly translated as “plum” but it’s more an “apricot”.
I have a little background about the “ume-flower” for you:
Next to the Cherry blossom, the plum blossoms are loved by Japanese poets and where enjoyed even more than the cherry in the Heian peroid.
They are a symbol of refinement, purity and nobility and also a reminder of past love. Japanese tradition holds that the ume functions as a protective charm against evil, so the ume is traditionally planted in the northeast of the garden, the direction from which evil is believed to come.
I have found a lot of beautiful haiku and tanka (waka) about/on plum blossoms. First a tanka (waka) written by Sugawara Michizane:
When the east wind blows,
Send me your perfume,
Though your lord be absent,
Forget not the spring.
© Sugawara Michizane (845 – 903) (Tr. G. Bownas A. Thwaite)
scent of plum blossoms
on the misty mountain path
a big rising sun
© Matsuo Basho
And next to my love for Cherry blossoms I also wrote several haiku about/on Plum blossoms, here are a few haiku from my archive. These are all written at the start of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai back in 2012:
red plum blooming
while the last snow is melting –
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