Written for:  Carpe Diem #1452 cool (suzushi)
“Today I have taken a kigo from the sub-division of summer, the season. Our classical kigo for today is cool (suzushi) and it is normally used as a kigo for the summer evening in Japan. I think you all can relate to that, because after a hot summer day it is wonderful to sit down in the garden, on the porch, on the beach on a cool summer evening to cool down.”

Basho wrote the following haiku in the Summer of 1688.

taneshisa ya aota ni suzuma mizu no ato

cooling oneself in a rice paddy
the sound of water
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
(In this haiku the word “suzuma” is “cooling oneself”)

tea water boils
no way to find coolness
not even a fan

© Chèvrefeuille

And I ran through my archives and found a nice tanka with the same theme:
seeking for coolness
in the depths of the heart –
Summer romance
laying in the shadows of the pines
cooling down

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

daylight heat burns
under a saffron sun
evening brings cool shower

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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  1. You did well, I love it.

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