mirror of nature
shimmering through vernal haze
hope for a lost soul

Kim M. Russell, 2017


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My response to Carpe Diem #1185 mirage (miraajuu)

Today our classical kigo is mirage (miraajuu), a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. Chèvrefeuille says that mirages appear mostly in spring and therefore became a kigo for spring.

He has given us several examples of poems with a mirage kigo:

on coconut leaf
the sizzling sun shimmers
forming a mirage

© Celestine Nudanu

Appearing out of
a heat mirage comes
the winning horse

© Gotō Tatsuo (Japan)

The shimmering heat
…soil in a wicker basket
someone dear

© Yosa Buson


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