weather beaten –
the first brick
Linked to Carpe Diem #717: Weather Beaten, where we are beginning a month-long voyage with Matsuo Basho. Please visit the site to read our host Chèvrefeuille’s background on Basho.
This haiku is our inspiration, and it is from an early haibun (travel-journal) entitled “The Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton (Nozarashi Kiko) – in which Basho and Chiri visited sites described by Basho’s role model, Saigyo:
wind pierces my body
to my heart
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
At the time, Basho was in poor health.
Chèvrefeuille offered this haiku in response:
cold spring breeze
makes the cherry blossom shiver
one heartbeat long