As we saw off the end of winter with plum blossoms, it’s time to welcome spring with rain!
After I did the drawings for the Wang Wei poem, a friend sent a haiku by Buson which could also be the starting point for an interesting image. This was made into a proper haiku in English by my friend from the word for word translation he had found. Thanks Tom Radcliffe!
Mossy roof, spring rain.
Abandoned in the gutter
is a child’s rag ball.
As I was researching the potential for an illustration for the Buson haiku, I found a curious connection between the two poets. Here’s the poem written by Buson on his deathbed. (Unfortunately not a true haiku in English but the poignant immediacy comes through clearly.)
long ago in Wang Wei’s
image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer