lion in rainbow

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1461 – Waterfall

“Our classical kigo you will find in the last line of this haiku. Today’s classical kigo is waterfall (taki) and Basho has written several haiku with this kigo. In his Oku no Hosomichi (The Small Road Into the Deep North) he wrote about a waterfall that had a cave behind it’s surface:”

[…] “After climbing two hundred yards or so from the shrine, I came to a waterfall, which came pouring out of a hollow in the ridge and tumbled down into a dark green pool below in a huge leap of several hundred feet. The rocks of the waterfall were so carved out that we could see it from behind, though hidden ourselves in a craggy cave. Hence its nickname, See-from-behind (Urami-no-taki). […]”

for a while
secluded behind the waterfall
summer retreat begins

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, ‘Basho, the complete haiku’)

“I think you already have noticed that our classical kigo is waterfall (taki) and I think it’s a wonderful kigo to create haiku or tanka with.

Here is one of my haiku from the archives:”

the waterfall
ah! that sound …

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

And of course I had to create a new one also:

in awe
the sound of falling water
nightingale’s song

© Chèvrefeuille

Here is my attempt:

sun glints through
streaming water whooshes, roars
lion in rainbow waterfall


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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