Icicle Reflections
Icicles at Loch Skeen
The dark background is formed from overhanging peat at the sides of Loch Skeen in eastern Dumfriesshire
Why on earth Long ones and short ones Among icicles?

Uejima Onitsura (1660-1738)

The author of this haiku, was recognised as outstanding already in his teens. He left the service of a local lord to devote himself entirely to 'The Way of Haiku', the essence of which he proclaimed to be sincerity. Sincerity, a true correspondence between inside and outside. Between the heart of a poem and its words. Between the words and the thoughts. Between my thoughts and my words. Between you and me.

Other pages relate: images and meaning in Chinese Art and calligraphy; meaning in thought and language; the place of beauty in art, and to a Haiku on dew.

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  • Translated by Stephen Addiss, Fumiko Yamamoto and Akira Yamamoto. (2002) 'Haiku Landscapes' Weatherhill, Connecticut.

3rd September 2014 ~ 29th May 2015