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Monday, September 1, 2014

by Kiitau picture source

For this episode Kristjaan Panneman chose a haiku by Kiitau, a not so well-known haiku-poet, who has written just one haiku as far as know to Kristjaan.

botan saite atari ni hana no naki gotoshi

when the peonies bloomed,
it seemed as though there were
no flowers around them

© Kiitau picture source

When reading the above haiku Kristjaan saw the face of a geisha in a peony .  He takes us through his process of creating this so perfect haiku:

Ah! the beauty of nature -
geisha, peonies in her hair,
playing the Shakuhachi

© Chèvrefeuille picture source

rolled in a strange bud 
unfolding from womb protection
all eyes on new life

©  Janice Adcock

all eyes on new life
petal lips caress the new
center of the cosmos

©  Janice Adcock

As a mother I remembered how everything else disappeared when holding my beautiful son the first time ..... That has not really changed.  As I saw my first grandson immediately after his birth, I stood with tears of joy flowing down my face.  Tears like raindrops on the petals and buds of Grandma's peonies in my back yard.  All three precious grandsons bring such joy.  Let me be in a conversation with them or watching them play sports and nothing else exists.  Do not even try to talk to me as I will not hear.  For at that moment that child/man is the center of the universe for me.

©  Janice Adcock

photos from, poems and prose as attributed.

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