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#Haiki Challenge #113 — fallen leaves (ochiba)

Words fall in Autumn
like leaves, wet and fading —
an old man’s life ends.


The haiga was written in honor of Matsuo Basho, whose painting here inspired me, as the characters look like falling leaves.

Haiga is a Japanese concept for simple pictures combined with poetry, usually meaning haiku. In Basho’s time, haiga meant a brushed ink drawing combined with one of his single poems handwritten as part of the picture. … Sometimes the poem is handwritten or it can be computer generated, depending on the artist’s taste.

Image information:
Portrait of Matsuo Bashō by Yokoi Kinkoku, c. 1820. The calligraphy relates one of Bashō’s most famous haiku poems: Furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto (An old pond / a frog jumps in / the sound of water).

Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge.  Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to fallen leaves (ochiba)?

24 thoughts on “#Haiki Challenge #113 — fallen leaves (ochiba)

  1. I like how the word frog in Japanese also means returning.
    “Frog” in Japanese is “kaeru.” While the kanji/kana involved in writing the words are different, it is pronounced the same way you say “return/to return” (also “kaeru”). As it has been explained to me, frogs can be linked with things/or people returning to a place or origin.

    Thanks for the history of the image. I like how you interpret the characters/ calligraphy as falling leaves 🙂

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