INVITATION TO THE WORKS OF KYOSHI
Seasonal word; drought(summer)
The first part of this haiku offers us the image of a
blue, blue ocean with a long, sun-splashed coastline. But
in the last five syllables we are to turn our eyes to the
fields and farms suffering from a spell of dry weather
with withering plants and crops.
When Kyoshi was a new born baby, his father made up his mind to become a farmer and tried hard to reclaim land near the Inland Sea for his livelihood. However, he had to give up his life as a farmer after seven years. Kyoshi must have had in his earliest memories a picture of his father's hard work on the dry, barren farm near the blue sea.
Actually this haiku was not written near the ocean nor the farm, but at a certain haiku meeting. It means that the haiku was not a simple sketch of a scene but drawn out of his early memory. In this memory he sympathizes with the farmers' sorrow which is set so poignantly against the picturesque blue ocean.
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