2/05/2005

Spiders in Paradise

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Spider is a kigo for summer.

Let me tell from my own experience living out here in the countryside, how I came to understand the Japanese kigo for ANTS and SPIDERS as summer. Living here in an old farmhouse is a lot like living in the Edo period, when most Japanese kigo where perceived.

Surely we have spiders all year round, but in summer, they are at their best. They are everywhere and every morning when I go out to get the newspaper I run into Aunt Eulalia, who has been putting up her net between the beams of the entrance doorway, again and again.
Her many sisters are hanging between the flowers luring mosquitoes, her hairy uncles, Mr. Crab and his tarantula friends, are coming down from the bamboo roof to partake of our food and life... In winter, they are seldom guests.

Meet some of my special friends, like Mr. Crab and Madame Eulalia.

My best friend, Lady Eulalia, the yellow one with the long legs, has choosen to wait for me. She uses to sit there in her net and run to shelter under a leaf when she sees me coming to water the flowers. My shadow on her net tells her its time to run.


watering flowers -
the spider's hammock
filled with diamonds



.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. rain's over
.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. the web of my spiders turned
.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. strings of diamonds


Read some Zen musings about this topic.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/183


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Three make a story


> under the stone
> who might that be
> in the shadow?

> neatly folded
> Madame Spider
> showing a leg

> nosy tomcat
> the stone takes
> a shower



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sharing my toothbrush
the huge spider
grinning

Thus beginneth another bright summer morning... :o)


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hanging on
amongst autum leaves
a pregnant spider


fest haengend
zwischen dem Herbstlaub
eine schwangere Spinne



.....................................Here are her babies




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.. .. .. a first spider
.. .. .. dangles in my view -
.. .. .. circles of life

March 31, 2005

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dark morning -
the fate of a spider
on my wall


! LOOK !

September 2006

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late autumn sun -
miss spider still dangles
in mid-air


October 2006




a dark spider
in a dark night ...
flash


Click for main entry  !

September 2009



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stretching a leg
for the beauty competition -
my Lady Eulalia






Click on the photo to see the whole set
Lady Eulalia in November 2009


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Some spider haiku from friends.


cosmos --
suspended from sunbeams
a tiny spider


Look at him here at a haiga by Ashe
http://thegreenleaf.co.uk/HP/Duets/Olga/10cosmos.htm

© ORIGA Olga Hooper
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/30


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war in Iraq -
a spider hides
in the cherry blossom

My SPIDER HAIKU
from 2007 onwards
!!!!!



More about Spiders as kigo in Haiku is here:
Spiders ... (kumo, Japan)



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Spiders ... (kumo, Japan) Spider web, Cob web. Spinne
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6 comments:

. Gabi Greve said...

Baby Spiders:

Gabi san,

After few days, scattered baby spiders reach at the big Nail of Buddha .

All be allowed to make a living on the Palm of Buddha.

Warmly,

sakuo.
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Thanks Sakuo San!
My Stone Buddha is always a home for spiders! I hope to catch some this year (on photo, I mean...:o).
Gabi

Poetry by Kai said...

i really like your spider haiku....

:-]

Angelika Kolompar Renville Bygott said...

When i was a child i was very scared of spiders, now i realy enjoy them. Though not the day i watched a spider eating his live prey right in front of my computer window...i could not take my eyes away for a few seconds, but had to leave the room and when i returned both were gone.

Outside my window
a spider and her husband --
loved to death

Angelika Kolompar Bygott

Gabi Greve said...


mold on the tile ...
a spider walks out
of its hiding


the bathroom tiles

Narayanan Raghunathan said...

solitary spider
asleep on the web ~
a passing breeze

Narayanan Raghunathan said...

spiders in paradise
eat strawberries ~
sing lullaby
to birds