My response to the prompt:
gift of sight
clear skies on coast
star gazing amazing
bright sparkles over head
on a clear night
seeing the heavens light up
just a breath away
Note from Saradunn
Following my cataract surgery I experienced
many miracles. The vision of the stars that filled in the gaps
in my previous “normal” sight, I slowly realized what others
could see and how they could identify the patterns in the heavens.
A never tiring experience of wonder for me.
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I like to gaze at the stars, not only in summer,
but through the whole year, but especially in summer stargazing,
as is our prompt for today, is a great activity.
Together with the one you love for example,
or just with friends, No clouds at the night sky, the sultry summer night,
the sweetPERFUME of trees, flowers and bushes.
Just an awesome feeling … surly worth doing sometimes (or more than sometimes).
On Shamrock Haiku I found a wonderful haiku written by Konstantin Kedrov about stargazing:
tired of stargazing,
I look down –
puddle full of stars
© Konstantin Kedrov
And I remember a beautiful tanka by Greg Wolford, one of our CDHK family members,
which he wrote in response on our first episode of “On The Trail With Basho Encore”:
upon BALE OF HAY
stars twinkle in the distance
memories flash by
times filled with our hopes and dreams
and innocence reigned supreme
Stargazing it looks like everyone likes it and so do I as I told you above.
There is no night for me without gazing to the stars.
I love to point my children and grandchildren to the constellations
and the individual stars like e.g. Venus.
Of course the classical haiku poets like Basho, Buson, Issa and Chiyo-Ni
for example wrote haiku about stargazing
especially around the Tanabata Festival (a traditional Japanese stargazing festival)
on July 7th for example this one by Issa:
kakurega mo hoshi machi-gao no yo nari keri
at the hermit’s hut, too–
an upturned face awaits
© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)
And I just had to share a haiku by Basho,
which he wrote while gazing at the stars on Tanabata:
sazo na hoshi hiji kimono ni wa shika no kawa
using as a rug
a deer skin
Well … we are still discovering the beauty of the modern kigo
as gathered by Jane Reichhold in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”
and today our prompt is stargazing and these are her examples:
after star gazing
in a folding chair
a star gazer
© Jane Reichhold
Awesome to read all those wonderful examples of haiku on stargazing …
all those different styles … thoughts and ideas behind it …. just awesome.
I had to share a haiku by myself, but I wasn’t inspired enough,
so I have an “oldie” for you all which I wrote in response on a haiku by Kala Ramesh
(one of our featured haiku-poets):
late summer night
wind chime resonates through the night –
stars shine bright