Carpe Diem #508 Basho’s ”autumn frost”

Matsuo Basho’s haiku autumn frost is today’s Carpe Diem prompt.

if taken into my hand
melting in the heat of tears
autumn frost
© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

As was common in those times this haiku had a preface:

”At the beginning of September I came back home. I was already long since my mother had died. The grass in front of mother’s room had withered in the frost. Everything had changed. The hair of my brother and sisters (Basho had a brother, an elder sister and three younger sisters) was white and they had wrinkles between their eyebrows. We could only say, ‘we are fortunate to be still alive’. Nothing more. My elder brother opened an amulet case and said reverently to me, ‘Look, at mother’s white hair. You have came back after such a long time. So this is like the Tamate Box of Urashima Taro. Your eyebrows have become white’. We wept for a while and then I composed this verse.”

My response to this prompt…

sharing tears
meeting after years
her gray heirs

Smiles, love and laughter
© John Belchamber 2014


About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of and other bits and other bobs.
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6 Responses to Carpe Diem #508 Basho’s ”autumn frost”

  1. Oh, you have captured my heart. Beautiful my friend.



  2. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Those heirs are a little long in the tooth, are they? 😉

    Frost-Stripped Tree


  3. Are those grey heirs related to an eminence grise? 😉

    First Frost of Autumn


  4. wabi sabi says:

    🙂 you never disappoint!


  5. Great haiku JRB … very strong ….


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