Thank you for acknowledging your independence, haijin! Congratulations to last week’s contributors:Haikai Challenge Participants
|1. Jane Dougherty|
2. Reena Saxena
4. The Dark Netizen
6. Petru J Viljoen
8. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
|9. Merril D. Smith|
10. Linda Lee Lyberg
11. Dwight L. Roth
12. Revived Writer
We are at the cusp of the second week of July. This is the last month of summer according to the traditional lunar calendar. The temperature in the New York Metropolitan area has flirted with 90 degrees F, with smothering humidity accompanying the heat.
So let us contemplate a late summer kigo that has serious cultural cache: the lotus:
A prominent figure in Buddhist and Egyptian culture, and native flower for both India and Vietnam, the lotus holds enormous symbolic weight. It spans various thousand-year-old Eastern cultures and yet, is still considered one of the most sacred flowers today. So what is it about this mysterious blossom that people find so enrapturing? Its colorful bloom is an obvious suspect, but the lotus also has a life cycle unlike any other. With its roots based in mud, it submerges every night into murky river water, and—undeterred by its dirty environment—it miraculously re-blooms the next morning without residue on its petals.
Although cultures have their own interpretations of this daily process, there is a general consensus among ancient texts that it symbolizes spiritual enlightenment and rebirth. The lotus stunned people with its ability to dip into the grime and revive itself unscathed—an incredible daily cycle of life, death, and a sudden immaculate rebirth that can only be described as spiritual. It is no wonder the lotus is associated with such celestial symbolism—the flower simply defies logic.by KATIE ROBINSON The Secret Meaning of the Lotus Flower
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the lotus (hasu)
Here’s how the challenge works:
1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.
We leave for vacation tomorrow. While I will schedule the next #haikai challenges, expect a round-up post when I return, instead of the usual in-challenge post round-up.
Savor the enlightenment, haijin!