|Credits: Skyline of Khartoum, capital of Sudan|
Khartoum was established 15 miles (24 km) north of the ancient city of Soba in 1821 by Ibrahim Pasha, the son of Egypt's ruler, Muhammad Ali Pasha, who had just incorporated Sudan into his realm. Originally, Khartoum served as an outpost for the Egyptian Army, but the settlement quickly grew into a regional center of trade. It also became a focal point for the slave trade. Later, it became the administrative center of Sudan and official capital. (Source: Wikipedia)
As you could read above there is the idea that Khartoum got its name from the Safflower and that makes it somewhat easier to write/compose a haiku or tanka in response of this prompt. So I love to tell you a little bit more about Safflower.
While I was preparing this episode I sought for examples of haiku in which the Safflower is mentioned and I found a beautiful haiku, a not so well known one, by Matsuo Basho:
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This haiku Basho wrote as he was on his journey "oku no hosomichi" or "the small road into the deep north" in the summer of 1689. I have read this haibun several times, but this haiku I couldn't remember, but it's a beauty I think.
While surfing the Internet I ran also into a nice haiku on Safflower written by Bjórn Rudberg, you all will know him, in response on the Safflower prompt of CDHK back in April 2014. I love share that haiku here again with you:
beneath the periwinkle sky –
sight to dye for
© Björn Rudberg
|Credits: Safflower field at Yamagata|
a yellow sea as far as I can see