Haikai Challenge #150: Sturgeon Moon and dVerse OLN

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/62/Ando_Hiroshige_-_Mt._Kyodai_and_the_Moon_Reflected_in_the_Rice_Fields_at_Sarashina_in_Shinano_Province%2C_No._25_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg/417px-Ando_Hiroshige_-_Mt._Kyodai_and_the_Moon_Reflected_in_the_Rice_Fields_at_Sarashina_in_Shinano_Province%2C_No._25_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

Late summer paddies
glow under the sturgeon moon –
shadows swim upstream.

 

 

 

 

Image: Ando Hiroshige – Mt. Kyodai and the Moon Reflected in the Rice Fields at Sarashina in Shinano Province, No. 25

Ando Hiroshige (b. 1797 – d. 1858)

 

Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the sturgeon moon.

Linda Lee Lyberg is today’s host for dVerse Open Link Night.

49 Comments Add yours

  1. Jules says:

    It does take us by surprise when things go in directions we think of as opposites 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #2: Jade Li’s latest haiku for my current #Haikai Challenge!

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  3. Shadows swim upstream. Beautiful! ☺️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christine, thank you. Tis the season for the sturgeon 🙂

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  4. memadtwo says:

    I agree about the shadows swimmimg–a perfect description. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, thank you. Ken’s experience with the sturgeon would be a dream come true for me.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        Diving has great appeal.

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  5. Beautifully done Lisa, I love the idea of shadows swimming upstream 💜

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Xenia ❤

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      1. You’re very welcome! 💜

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  6. calmkate says:

    ooh like the “shadows swim”, an ethereal touch to this one!

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  7. -Eugenia says:

    Wow, I love the last line! Beautiful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Eugi, thank you 🙂

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  8. Lucy says:

    This is such a beautiful piece, Lisa. It’s just so evocative and lovely. I was staring at the painting accompanying it, and I thought that the style looked familiar to me. Then when I search the artist’s name, he was the same one who created the night snow painting (which I adore):

    Anyway, I enjoyed this poem very much. It’s beautiful and evocative to nature. ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The night snow painting is so wonderful. Glad you liked my poem.

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  9. BlankCanvas says:

    Beautiful- all the sibilace makes me think of shushing as if they are being secretive! Perfect for the elusive sturgeon! ✨

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  10. kim881 says:

    I love your interpretation of this beautiful image, Lisa, especially the way the sturgeon moon and the shadows only hint at fish in the river, and the single word ‘upstream’ speaks volumes.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kim! Just for the record, the poem came first. It took me awhile to find just the right pic.

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  11. The swimming shadows is surprising and so apt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda. Sorry I didn’t make it to the pub yesterday, I met my son at the park and we went for a nice walk.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          🙂 ❤ Yes, it was.

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  12. rothpoetry says:

    I love it! Fall in the rice paddies and fish swimming upstream in the dark. Wonderful painting to go with it as well Lisa.
    dwight

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed the images, Dwight, thank you 🙂

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  13. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    Love that flow, the stream of alliteration and the conjuring of the setting.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Colleen.

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  14. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely splendid! 😀 So much is portrayed in the brevity of your words 💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sanaa, thank you very much ❤

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  15. lynn__ says:

    Your words paint a beautiful scene with sturgeon moon, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lynn 🙂

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  16. A very fitting haiku for going upstream with a sturgeon moon. Well some fish do swim upstream, against the flow, to make new beginnings.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you.

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  17. It would most certainly neer have occurred to me to compare the moon to a fish

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think the moons are named for what’s going on during that season. The sturgeons are swimming upstream under the sturgeon moon, and the rice is ready to be harvested at this time of year also.

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  18. Never heard about sturgeon moon… does it bring caviar?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The caviar is on the fin…

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  19. Never heard about sturgeon moon… does it bring caviar?

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  20. merrildsmith says:

    Lovely haiku and perfect illustration! Sorry for my late comment.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Merril and no worries.

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