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Thursday, June 25, 2015


Carpe Diem "On The Trail With Basho Encore" #6 autumn night

Jane Reichhold tells us the following about this haiku:

[...] "1694-autumn. This verse began a half renga (18 links) done at Shioe Shado's house on September 21st, in Osaka. One of the reasons Basho had made the trip to Osaka, in spite of his illness, was to mediate between two of his disciples, Shido, a merchant from Osaka, and Shado, a doctor. When both disciples showed up for this renga, they completed only eighteen links. Here, with the associative technique, the autumn night, an abstract idea, and the conversation have been dashed to bits" [...]

aki no yo o uchi kuzushitaru hanashi kana

autumn night
dashed to bits
in conversation

In the aftermath of the murders in South Carolina any and all things Confederate are being seen as symbols of hate.  In the southern states the statues and memorials are in abundance.  There are streets, subdivisions, military installations and at least one university.  Even northern states have streets carrying the names of confederate army personnel.  In the past these were seen by politicians et al as a way to reconcile the southern and northern states.

Fast forward 150 years.  Repeated instances of black Americans being killed too frequently without any justice afterward.  The surface tension that sort of held things 'in tact' was destroyed by the bullets killing 9 innocents at a Bible study.  Every thing is being questioned.  The Lee and Jefferson statues on the University of Texas campus had the words 'black lives matter' painted on them.  And South Carolina is still flying the Confederate flag at its state capitol.

The Confederate flag painted on the top of The Dukes Of Hazzard car, the general lee, left a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.  States' rights.  Individual rights.  Government control.  Second Amendment rights....  First Amendment rights....  Chuck Norris suggests if just one person attending the Bible study had been carrying a gun they could have taken out the killer before all were dead.....

Basho's disciples had arguments intense enough over poetry forms to cause him to travel in a weakened condition.  How much more intense will this current war between ideals become?  And not just in the US.  Georgia, Syria, South Sudan ......   Ideals that deal in actual human lives ...... 


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