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Haiku by Chiyo-ni:

a hundred gourds
from the heart
of the vine

rouge lips
forgotten -
clear springwater

repeating
hotogitsu, hotogitsu -
day dawned

Other names: Chiyo ("a thousand years"), Chiyo-jo, Chiyo-ni, Kaga no Chiyo (Chiyo of Kaga Province), Mattto no Chiyo.

 


Chiyo-ni and the well tangled by morning gloryChiyo-ni (1703-1775)

Most famous haiku:

morning glory -
the well-bucket entangled
I ask for water

Bio: Chiyo-jo was born in the small town of Matto in the Kaga region. Her family ran a scroll-making business. She excelled in poetry, calligraphy and painting. She was born 9 years after Basho died and two of his disciples became Chiyo's teacher.

Chiyo-ni was a rare woman haiku poet in a time where haiku were dominated by men. She was twenty-four when she composed her famous gourd haiku ("a hundred gourds / from the heart / of the vine")

She became a nun at age fifty-two ("putting up my hair / no more / my hands in the kotatsu"). Her status as a nun allowed her to travel and meet with other haiku poets.

Death poem:

I also saw the moon
as for this world -
ah - goodbye

Bibliography: Chiyo-ni: woman haiku master, Patricia Donegan and Yoshie Ishibashi (Turtle Publishing)

 

 

 

Haiku-comics:

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All I pick up

At the ebb-tide

Is alive!

- Chiyo-ni (Haiku, R.H. Blyth, Hokuseido Press, paperback 2nd printing, 1984)

 

 


 

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Autumn's bright moon,

However far I walked, still afar off

In an unknown sky.

- Chiyo-ni (Haiku, R. H. Blyth, Hokuseido Press, 1984, p. 934)

 


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The summer moon

Is touched by the line

Of the fishing-rod.

- Chiyo-ni (From: Haiku, R.H. Blyth, Hokuseido Press, paperback 2nd printing, 1984, p. 681)

 


 

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The dew of the rouge-flower,

When it is spilled

Is simply water.

- Chiyo-ni

 


 

Morning glory - the well-bucket entangled I ask for water. (A haiku by Chiyoni illustrated by Old Pond Comics).

 

morning glory -

the well-bucket entangled

I ask for water

- Chiyo-ni

 

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