1/01/2007

First Haiku 2007

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...................................... First Haiku of the Year 2007



It all started with a mail from Isabelle Prondzynski :

Dear Gabi san, dear all,

It has been lovely reading about the "firsts" of the year... such customs and traditions help us to understand our own world better... even if that world is very far away from Japan...

... they are a glimpse of the haiku life!

Jst an idea... would it be fun ~~ and would it be in keeping with tradition ~~ if we created a page in Worldkigo with all our first haiku of 2007?

Isabelle

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first sun -
a ray of hope
in every heart


erste Sonne -
ein Strahl der Hoffnung
in jedem Herz


© Photo and Haiku by Gabi Greve Japan


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... FIRST HAIKU 2007 ...





sunny morning
prefects at the gate...
back to school

new faces,
new books and school uniforms...
welcome to high school


Cyprian Awino, Kenya


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dawn's light
the coolness
of New Year's Day


Gillena Cox, Trinidad


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sand grains
empty the hour glass
a New Year

January cold--
not even a sparrow
at my window


John Daleiden, Iowa, USA


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silence of the leaves
the grandness of nature deadly
in a coffee table bonsai


Daswani Dalip, India


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one one
a world of hope
in this first light


first washing —
even the numbing cold
full of promise

Norman Darlington, Ireland


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hey geranium
blooming in the window
it's winter!


Billie Dee, USA


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Haiku by the FALCONS from Kenya


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silver moon
plucking one scale
from the first tarpon

night owls
so many fish
to throw back

empty cast
the silver moon
plays tricks

slow ride home
the bait well
full of stars



Paula Fisher, Key Largo USA, from a fishing trip


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new year's fireworks
the neighbor's radio
louder than ever


Carlos Fleitas, Montevideo, Uruguay


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In the Philippines, one of the rural customs for the new year is to fill the rice bin (or container) on or before new year to prevent hunger in the family throughout the year. It need not be really full, but never empty at all. Like in most Asian countries, Filipinos are rice eaters, their staple food.


new year
a full rice bin
to prevent hunger


Victor P. Gendrano, Philippines


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first sunbeam –
a wild boar digging dirt
with its front hoof


Origa, Olga Hooper, USA


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a man peeing
against a building
happy new year



This is, unfortunately, the first thing I saw after leaving a New Year's party on The Bowery in NYC!

Judy Kamilhor. USA


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Doris Kasson, USA


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wind turbines
begin to stir—
new year's morning


Bill Kenney, USA


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A New Year--
beach debris disappears
with the tide


New Year's Eve--
ducking the kiss
of a stranger


power outage--
making room in bed
for the dogs


Carole MacRury, USA


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the first streetcar --
passengers congratulate
the New Year


the new calendar
is just opened --
glasses of champagne


Tomislav Maretic, Croatia

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Kitsune Miko (Sandy Vrooman), USA


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year's first dream
coming true before its end-
crossing the border

Cristian Mocanu, Romania

In Japanese tradition the first dream one has during the year is going to influence the rest of the year. If it's a pleasant one, the year will be good. It was a practice even to serll one's auspicious dream for big money. Some legends even tell of people having their exact dream fulfilled.

In Romania this New Year's Day also ment our country joining the European Union. The first and most obvious consequence thereof was the supression of border control and of the humiliation of having to show a heap of papers and a lot of money (as a proof you had it, so they were just shown not given as a bribe) in order to be free to travel west.


Thousands of people crossed the border to Hungary on foot, had a coffee in Hungary, then came back. Among them some elderly people who would never have had the money they were supposed to show...


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fireworks....
in the sky a million
red n blue stars

into this year
much smoke sent skyward
chasing bad spirits

sulphorous smoke
the dragon
faces east


Shanna Moore, Hawaii


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Spreading its boughs with
Cherry blossoms pink-white
Japan loves Vancouver.


Aju Mukhopadhyay, India, 2007


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midnight it is
year two thousand and six
is now last year


lightened sky
fireworks soar skywards
welcoming the new year


a moonlit night
out I stand and scream
happy new year



Caleb David Mutua, Kenya (Peacock, Nairobi)


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first dream
my boss appears
with a trumpet


Sakuo Nakamura, Japan


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bags on their backs --
smartly dressed students
moving in all directions


Anthony Njoroge, Kenya


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nikki kau/ moo ichi nen o/ kau kibun

a new year diary
seems to assure me another year
to live on



karuta-tori/haha wa himago to/ii shoubu

the children have
a well matched card game
with their great grand mom


Hisanori Ogane, Japan


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New Year's morning--
half a haiku scribbled
on a party napkin


Linda Papanicolaou, USA


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neighbours’ old beech tree
topless into the new year --
winter gales


new year in church --
past, present, future all there
for an instant


Isabelle Prondzynski, Ireland

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two ancient trees -
suddenly in front of me
a gate


Pia von Prondzynski, Ireland/Germany

They are of the same height and look a bit like twins, though where one of them grows a large branch to the right the other one has a the same kind of branch growing to the left.


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first sunrise ...
the mountains and fields
taken by snow


Carol Raisfeld, USA


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slipping in
beneath the kitchen door
-first sunlight


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first temple bell-
I wake up
to my husband's snore!


camera shot:
the first sunrise caught
in thick city smog


first breath
she looks deep
into her open palms


My mother always believes that her kismet lies in her hands!
And the first thing she does everyday is to look deep into her open palms and all the more on New Years!

Kala Ramesh, India


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new year's night
somebody moved the first man
on the chessboard



Neujahrsnacht
Jemand bewegte die erste Figur
auf dem Schachbrett

Hubertus Thum, Germany



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a shop-cleaner scrapes off
the portrait of Father Christmas...
students on streets

the queue at the bank
grows longer and longer...
fidgeting clients


Patrick Wafula, Kenya


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初凪の海に日矢差す夕の刻


first calm
evening sun arrows
into the sea


Etsuko Yanagibori 柳掘 悦子




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still half asleep
on the same pillow -
our fist smile


© Photo and Haiku by Gabi Greve, 2007



eating good luck
for the New Year -
red and white lotus


Look at it HERE !
Gabi Greve




Inari Fox Eyes -
I try hard to see
the new year


Look at it HERE !
Gabi Greve



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Related words


***** First ceremonies of the year in Japan


***** First activities, done in Japan


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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful!

I put your site in my favourites !

A friend from Canada

Anonymous said...

Gabi! :-)
The site looks great!
I enjoyed reading everyone's poems.

Anonymous said...

Dear Gabi-san,

Happy New Year,
I've enjoyed your haiku and many other haiku of foreign friends. Thank you very much.

A Japanese friend.

Anonymous said...

Dear Gabi San,
A good collection- thanks,
Warmly, from India

Anonymous said...

A first haiku...

I wish I could feel like the person described by Buson:

Saitan o shitarigaonaru haikaishi [Blyth gives "saitan wo"]

The year's first poem done
with smug self-confidence--
a haikai poet.


tr. Sawa & Shiffert

The First Day of the Year;
A haikai master,
With a complacent air.

tr. Blyth

According to Blyth, "this was written in 1777, when Buson was sixty two years old."

And finally, a translation by Herbert Jonsson, from a long article entitled, "Haikai Poetics: Buson, Kitoo, and the Interpretation of Renku Poetry."

which you can find here:
http://www.diva-portal.org/diva/getDocument?urn_nbn_se_su_diva-1322-2__fulltext.pdf

The hokku is from Buson's preface to

"the 'Yahanraku,' a collection published for the New-Year of 1777. It is actually the direct preface to the initial renku, a renku that not only consists of thirty-six verses, but is also composed by thirty-six poets. The preface is followed by Buson's hokku.

'The music of the Gion-festival
does not harmonise [sic] with the tone of the autumn wind.
The sabi-shiori of the Shoomon
should avoid this party celebrating the coming of spring.
Therefore will our haikai this day
follow the tone of the
youthful man of the east
(The sixth year of An'ei, first meeting)

Making a New-Year poem, the triumphant air of a haikai master"

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Having said all of the above, still I write haiku, poor as they may
be.

New Year's Day:
the same resolutions
as last year


1/1/07

first full moon
of the year
rises
clear of the haze


1/3/07

And finally, speaking of calendars, here is a haiku by Buson for
which I don't know the Japanese:

The old calendar
fills me with gratitude
like a sutra.


tr. Robert Hass

--Larry
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/3941

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