I continue searching for the right picture to embody, rather than merely illustrate, Pound’s famous haiku.
Some will remember that I posted 2 pictures already of shopping trolleys and autumn leaves that I took in Farnham near the University. Then I came upon these in London walking around and I, well, I just had to shoot them.
In thinking about the haiku form (see last post) I have been considering Japanese calligraphy and images which have a very calligraphic look to them. I also think of various Buddhist concepts, like Eliot’s “still point of the turning world,” in the Four Quartets.
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
Here is a Bashō (considered by many the greatest practitioner of the haiku form):
One way or another, I think the image selection above (most taken on a walk to Caesar’s Camp in north Farnham) all have a kind of calligraphic, still feeling to them. Click any image to see them all full-sized.
I continue to work on my haiku project. Finding ‘petals on wet, black boughs’ is proving difficult. Above, this week’s selection of ‘leaves on dark backgrounds.’ It is, after all, not necessary to be literal. I can call on poetic license, can I not? Click any image to see them all enlarged.
Here is Pound’s original haiku:
Paris if famous for its tree-lined avenues. Here, a few examples. Click any image to see them all full-sized.