It’s NaPoWriMo again and so I thought that today I’d write a haiga … and launch a new weekly challenge for those who’d like to participate. Every Monday I will offer a prompt for my weekly haiga event. Today the prompt is:
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What is “sabi”? Something old, past, demode … something that’s somehow a faded memory like the old plastic chaise longue in the haiga above, that in its heyday was an object that made someone happy or proud to own it. I can almost feel the sensation that must have accompanied that first vision of the object … the elation. Now, so many years have passed. The chaise longue sits in my son’s garden in Padua, slowly losing it’s lustre as it weathers. No one remembers who bought it .. the house has changed had many many times over the years as one group of student substitutes another, no one even uses it except the cat. That to me is one meaning of “sabi”.
memories of summer’s days
© G.s.k. ‘16
Well, that is one of the aspects in my opinion of “sabi”. What does the Encyclopedia Britannica have to say?
place in Japanese culture
…related are the twin ideals of cultivated simplicity and poverty (wabi) and of the celebration of that which is old and faded (sabi). Underlying all three is the notion of life’s transitory and evanescent nature, which is linked to Buddhist thought (particularly Zen) but can be traced to the earliest examples of…
poetry of Bashō
The photograph was taken near sunset on the 15th of July at Malcesine (VR) on the Veneto side of the Lake Garda.