Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
During circumstances I will not publish an episode of "On The Trail With Basho Encore", but here is our regular prompt for today, Capricornus (Sea Goat), a constellation which is part of our Zodiac and back in our CDHK-history (April 2013) we have had a prompt on Capricornus the sign of the Zodiac. You can find that post HERE.
This was my attempt than to write a haiku inspired on Capricornus:
the Sea Goat pointing the way
And here are a few examples of the responses on that episode back in 2013, a few of them you maybe know, because they are still part of CDHK.
Awash in the primeval deep
No scapegoat in love
Butting heads with the ram
in my summer dreams
© Mark M. Redfearn
Sea goat pushes through current
Small fish, part; steer clear
© Sara McNulty
|Capricornus (sea goat)|
|Credits: The Horn of Plenty on a painting by Rubens|
In Greek mythology, the constellation is sometimes identified as Amalthea, the goat that suckled the infant Zeus after his mother, Rhea, saved him from being devoured by his father, Cronos. The goat's broken horn was transformed into the cornucopia or horn of plenty. Capricornus is also sometimes identified as Pan, the god with a goat's head, who saved himself from the monster Typhon by giving himself a fish's tail and diving into a river.
What a story and what a joy to look back for a while in our rich CDHK history. I hope this episode will inspire you to write an all new haiku or tanka.
Hm ... I don't know if this is a great one? It's clear that it points to the inequitable distribution of wealth around the globe ... and that was the first thing which came in mind as I prepared this episode.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 7th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, a new CD-Special, but I haven't yet chosen a featured haiku poet, later on.