Hello my family of Poets! Welcome to Haibun Monday. Toni here (hayesspencer, Kanzensakura, toni spencer) bringing you the prompt and thought for haibun today. Today the prompt for our haibun is “rain”. We all have rain in common – too much, too little, gentle spring rain, torrential summer rain, rain mixed with snow, soaking cold rain. Walking in the rain, singin’ in the rain, dancing in the rain, playing in the rain. We stay inside and drink soup or tea or something cozy with alcohol, read while it rains, listen to the rain on the roof before we go to sleep. We groan at the rain when we have to walk in it to a bus or train stop and curse up a blue streak when a car goes by and SPLASH! thoroughly wets us through.
Basho wrote of rain:
leaking through the roof
dripping from the wasp’s nest
The Japanese actually have 50+ words for rain unlike the Inuit which really do not have 100s of words for snow. Being Japanese, their words for rain are seasonal and specific and at times, extremely artistic. We Westerners look at rain as rain – the same rain that falls in the morning in spring is the same rain that falls at night in autumn. Right? Nope. The Japanese are so in tune with the changing of the seasons around them and how those seasons affect them, they created haiku – a poetic form about changing seasons, nature, and the now. The melancholy felt when the seasons changed and climate changes took place are part of their concept of mono no aware. Here are some of the “rain” words for you:
ame – rain
kosame – light rain
kisame – rain that drips from tree branches
enu – misty rain
ooame – heavy rain
yokoburi – driving rain
shuuchuugouu – severe localized downpour
uro – rain and dew
kanu – cold winter rain
shun rin – spring rain
shun u – gentle spring rain
shuu rin – autumn rain
ugo – after rain
nagame – long rain
yuudachi – sudden evening rain
shinotsukuame – intense rain
yulimajiri – snow and rain
uhyou – freezing rain
hisame – very cold rain or hail
ryokuu – summer rain
touu – winter rain
houshanouu – radioactive rain
As you can see from the brief list, the words truly do specify the rain of the moment, the season. And to help inspire you, a video from Live From Daryl’s House, “Here Comes the Rain Again” – a pared down version of the original:
Now, for you:
–Write a tight one paragraph haibun, non-fiction, about rain and you followed by a haiku (not a 5-7-5, micropoem, senryu). This haiku will be about nature and tie your words together. Rain: how you experienced it, the emotions it brought out, the inconvenience it was, the beauty of it. Choose one of the words for rain for your focus and use it as your haibun title. Haibun are based on the original non-fiction writings of Matsua Basho as reflected in his “Road to the Deep North”, tight paragraphs followed by nature based haiku.
-Write and post your poem on your website.
– Copy and paste the direct url to your poem in Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post.
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– Return to the Pub to read and comment on the poetry of your fellow poets. It is important to us tat you take the time to become part of the community through your comments. The link for Haibun Monday will be up all week so if you post early, please come back to read and comment on later posters.
– On your website, link back to dVerse Poets Pub.
– Have fun and stay dry!