Saturday, October 16, 2010

After Basho



After Basho
October 14, 2010

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A visual haiku, perhaps suggestive of an early winter in which surprised poplars have shivered themselves bare. Such is life on the narrow road to the deep north.

7 comments:

Jan said...

This drawing does have the simplicity and beauty of Japanese art. I see bare trees and mountains. Your words also paint this picture William...

Conrad DiDiodato said...

Visual haiku!

I love it: I think you've broken new genre ground, William

William Michaelian said...

Hi, Jan. Thank you. The drawing took me by surprise — fourteen quick strokes in a matter of seconds, and I was done, almost before I realized it. At the same time, to me, it looks and feels a lot like writing. But I looked at it a long time before the words beneath arrived. Well, several minutes, really, but it felt like an eternity.

Conrad! You know, in a way, it’s like finding a lone footprint and wondering where its companion might have gone....

RUDHI - Chance said...

BASHO is always a bait to me, dear William; and that painted Haiku is a pure surprise-sensation; speaking silence as pure Nature is in fresh snow... (My recent Email-Problems should be cleared...)

William Michaelian said...

Rudhi, maybe the snow has settled on your email problems; I hope so; I did receive your message. About the drawing: I too see the snow....

Jean Spitzer said...

Wonderfully expressive.

William Michaelian said...

Jean, hello again, and thanks.