Grinding Words with Stone

inky black Incense
rises from the grinding stone
haiku embryos

© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Working Title/Artist: plate from the erotic book Mounds of Dyed Colors Department: Asian Art Culture

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My response to Carpe Diem #1070 pen and inkstone

This month all the regular prompts are tools used for all kinds of arts and ways of creativity. Today Chèvrefeuille has given us ‘pen and inkstone’, the classical tools of Japanese writers such as Matsuo Basho. He has also given us some interesting background information and a haiku by Basho:

suzuri ka to hirou ya kuboki ishi no tsuyu

Saigyo’s inkstone?
I pick it up – dew
on the concave rock

© Matsuo Basho, trans. Barnhil


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