7/10/2005

Karl the Froggie

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taking a rest
in the silken chamber -
yellow calla









Ruhepause
im seidenen Gemach -
gelbe Calla








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Another version :


taking a rest
in the silken chamber -
the prince and the calla




Here is what I had in mind when I saw my prince in the chamber:

Four thousand six hundred and twenty-three years ago the heavens were out of repair. So the Goddess of Works set to work and prepared 36,501 blocks of precious jade, each 240 feet square by 120 feet in depth. Of these, however, she only used 36,500, and cast aside the single remaining block upon one of the celestial peaks.

This stone, under the process of preparation, had become as it were spiritualised. It could expand or contract. It could move. It was conscious of the existence of an eternal world, and it was hurt at not having been called upon to accomplish its divine mission.

One day a Buddhist and a Taoist priest, who happened to be passing that way, sat down for a while to rest, and noticed the disconsolate stone which lay there, no bigger than the pendant of a lady's fan .....


Flowers fade and fly,
and flying fill the sky;
Their bloom departs, their perfume gone,
yet who stands pitying by?


The peach-tree and the plum-tree too
next year may bloom again,
But next year, in the inner rooms,
tell me, shall I remain?



Thus begins a wonderful story of Old China

The Dream of the Red Chamber
http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/CHING/DREAM.HTM





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Calla, カラー
kigo for early summer
"sweet potato of the sea" kaiu, kai-u 海芋(かいう)
Her form seems to ressemble that of a sweet potato. It is a very elegant and beautiful flower image for haiku.




Zantedeschia is a genus of twenty-eight species of herbaceous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa from South Africa north to Malawi. The name of the genus was given as a tribute to Italian botanist Giovanni Zantedeschi (1773-1846) by the German botanist Kurt Sprengel (1766 - 1833). Common names include Arum lily for Z. aethiopica, calla, and calla lily for Z. elliottiana and Z. rehmannii although it is neither a true lily (Liliaceae), nor Arum or Calla (related genera in Araceae).
It is also often erroneously spelled as "cala lily".
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


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happily watching
the dewdrops forming...
a frog


-Issa, 1808
http://www.xula.edu/cat/issa/

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frog concert
prelude to the next
cycle of life



Froschkonzert
Praeludium zum naechsten
Lebenszyklus

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the whole valley
vibrates with joy -
frog concert


Gabi Greve, Summer 2004


. first frog concert in 2012 .


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Karl and his many brothers and sisters
are part of the Gokuraku Paradise Family.

Here are some more of his favorite places:

Buddha's Voice Frog 仏の声の蛙

Frog in Buddha's Eye 仏の目にカール君

Cicada Birthday with Frog  蝉の誕生 semi セミ

Voice of Buddha .. .. Frogs Farting :o) 。。蛙の屁

Frog in the Sunset 杜若と夕日

Frog and Truth, May 2006

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Frog (kawazu, kaeru) a kigo in the database

encounters with the enemy frog and cat

The Frog in the Manga An old Scroll

Karl on a rose, Autumn 2008

Karl on a green leaf, June 2009

Where is Karl ? - the BIG picture


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The story goes on in November 2005:

The Frog, well for the Japanese it reminds most of the good old Edo period, the Hut of Basho and the quietude of the old pond.

For many Europeans the mention of a frog first reminds us of the tale of the frog being kissed and then changing to a beautiful prince.

old pond
the prince jumps in -
sound of metamorphosis


古池や王子飛び込む変身の音

http://ohaga.blogspot.com/2005/11/kitty-daruma.html


To this, Origa responded:

Gabi san, your frog in the calla lily is adorable! :)))

And what a coincidence: we have just had a Basho-ki haiku writing in my Live Journal, and some of the haiku were written on the theme of a Prince-frog (or, in Russian version, it's a Princess-frog, Tsarevna-lyagushka)!

Please take a look at all the haiku for Basho-ki, here:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/origa/74925.html?nc=129

They are
all bilingual, so that all of you can read all haiku :)

And this is a very lovely haiku by Kilmeny, contributed our our haiku
writing -- about the Princess frog :)))

old princess
the frog happy to stay
a frog

Kilmeny

And her beautiful sumi-e Mr.Frog haiga:

http://www.kilmenyniland.com/haiga2005/mrtoad.html

And as always -- welcome to join the fun, at any time -- just go to
http://www.livejournal.com/users/origa/, and meet my haiku friends
from all over the world! :)

Origa
http://www.livejournal.com/users/origa/

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!!!!! The Sound of Water, a thorough discussion !!!!!

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More Frogs in my Garden



by my friend, the potter
Takagaki Mondo 高垣門土 Mondo Takagaki


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9 comments:

doris kasson said...

the prince
in his silken chamber
is still a frog

Laryalee said...

Oh Gabi,
what a fantastic photo!

wind-blown kisses
the calla lily unfolds
a frog

. Gabi Greve said...

Gabi, this frog is adorable. I wish I had such a prince on my desk.
Although all the images are beautiful, I think the third image (small one) is the most appealing if you were to make a single haiga.

K.

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Dear K. san,
the last one is not very sharp, since Karl was on his way out and the camera moving...
I also like the last one best.

Thanks for your suggestions.
Gabi

. Gabi Greve said...

Gabi
These frog ones really are adorable. I'm amazed you caught him that clearly at all!
P.

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taking a rest
in the silken chamber -
the little prince

Gabi
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. Gabi Greve said...

轟きて 隠る蛙や 花筐 
やがて現る 身ぴょこぴょこ
by
おらぁ~さん太だぁ
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轟きて 隠る蛙に 花筐
やがて顔出す 親指姫に

蛙と来れば、アンデルセンの親指姫を思い出しますね。
蛙君!姫に恋を打ち分けられるでしょうか。

まごまごジジイ
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轟きて 隠る蛙や 花筐
 大合唱は 谷を震(ふる)わす

「かえるの歌が~」「かえるの歌が~」
「聞こえてくるよ~」「聞こえてくるよ~」
「かえるの歌が~」「ゲロッゲロッゲロッゲロッ」
「聞こえてくるよ~」「ゲロッゲロッゲロッゲロッ」
「ゲロッゲロッゲロッゲロッ」

かえるの歌の輪唱は 老若男女でこの時期にやりますよね~
はい、みなさま、ご一緒に「かえるの歌が~♪・・・・・

うるさいって-? 
すいませ~ん・・・・・

本物の蛙の大合唱だけで 十分だってぇ?
すいませ~ん・・・・・

啓さん

。。

GABIさんへ

GABIさんのHPのお写真を見せて頂きました。

カール君は王子様ですね
カラーはすばらしい花ですね

美しいお写真で 良く分かります。
黄色の額縁が似合って、物語の挿絵や絵本のようです。

the whole valley
vibrates with joy -
frog concert
 
GABIさんの↑の俳句からイメージして、
先程の 今日のわたしの連歌にしましたよ^^

ありがとうございました   ~啓

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taking a rest
in the silken chamber -
yellow calla

絹肌の 抱擁寧し 富黄カイウ
( kinuhada no hooyoo yasu shi fuki-kaiu )

‘抱擁’と‘包葉(苞のこと)’をかけて。
‘寧し’はrestfulな状態。なかなかのsnug pretty roomですね。^^

カラーを詠むなんて、むずかしいいいいい。(ガビさんふう)
ちょっと逃げ腰で臨んでおりま~す。\^o^;/Oh!

大の蛙好きのお姫さま
「蛙君ならば一日中でも抱き包んでさしあげたいわ♪」
なんぞと のたまわれたら、カール君、
君ならどうする? 王子様に戻りますか? ^-^

をのひ

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BLOG 句会の皆様、本当にありがとう!!!
http://blog.livedoor.jp/senior21/comment.cgi/27860074

ガビ
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. Gabi Greve said...

The frog turned away
For of the kiss now too late
The pond holds no fears


tony

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Anonymous said...

beautiful princess ~
the frog croaks, becomes
a handsome prince


July 2005
Narayanan Raghunathan

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. Gabi Greve said...

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observing Karl -
his throught vibrates
just sooooo fast


September 2006

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Anonymous said...

The distribution of frogs ranges from tropic to subarctic regions, but most species are found in tropical rainforests.
Consisting of more than 5,000 species described, they are among the most diverse groups of vertebrates. However, populations of certain frog species are declining significantly.