placid and still
mist envelops the morning
sense of quiedise*
© Carol Campbell
“Quiedise” is my made-up word for a quiet paradise.
This time Chevrefeuille teaches us about wordplay in haiku. Led by the spirit of Basho. Here’s what he says:
tanabata no awanu kokero ya uchuten
for the Star Festival*
even when hearts cannot meet
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
The haiku writing technique of today is Creating New Words and this is waht Jane writes about it:
One of the reasons for becoming a poet or writer is for the joy of working with words. Fairly quickly one finds out, even in a language as rich as English, that there are not enough words to explain or name everything. The writer / poet must either find images for these unnamed states of being or make up a new word.
In the above haiku by Basho we find a “new created word” by him. This “new word” is ‘uchuten’. It’s a compound word made by Basho incorporating “rain in the middle of heaven” and ecstasy.
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