Haiku is a form of Japanese poems, now worldly learnt and practiced.
The most famous author or haiku poet in the history of the Japanese modern literature is Shiki Masaoka, one of the best friends of notable author Soseki Natsume.
Shiki Masaoka suffered from illness for a long period time, though he wrote many works while he was forced to stay in his home due to illness.
Masaoka Shiki (October 14, 1867 – September 19, 1902), pen-name of Masaoka Noboru), was a Japanese poet, author, and literary critic in Meiji period Japan. Shiki is regarded as a major figure in the development of modern haiku poetry. He also wrote on reform of tanka poetry.
Some consider Shiki to be one of the four great haiku masters, the others being Matsuo Bashō, Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa.
One night he saw a dream. There was one dying animal. It was crying hard, being afraid of its death. Then, there came a rabbit. The rabbit showed extreme sympathy to the animal, extending its fore-paw to the animal that held it and put it in its mouth. And then, the animal died in peace and calmness. Then, there was another animal dying and crying. Again, the rabbit approached it, extending its fore-paw to the animal that held it and put it in its mouth. And then, the animal died in peace and calmness. Then there was another...
When he woke up, Shiki could not help but recall the dream.
Shiki argued what were commonplace haiku and what were not.
According to Shiki Masaoka, commonplace haiku are descriptive in presenting a scene or a situation without much mind of a poet or without much art of handling a subject.
Splitting firewood all alone
Is my younger sister as if
keeping insides for the winter
- Shiki Masaoka
Shiki Masaoka, when he was still healthy, called his mother and younger sister from his local home town to Tokyo so that they could live together, though his father had died many years ago. But after Shiki became sick, they devoted themselves to care of him. According to Shiki, his sister was a very tough and cool woman.
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Mar 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
Mar 5:16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.