Sunday, November 30, 2008

Prompt 40: Welcoming

Thanks to Nancy Bea Miller of Genre Cookshop for this week's prompt of "welcoming":

don't worry spiders
I keep house
casually

~Kobayashi Issa (1763 -1827)

In Issa's haiku, "don't worry spiders...," unadorned language—without simile, metaphor, allusion, or other figurative elements—provides an amusing snapshot of some spiders and the human they live with. As in most haiku, conjunctions and connectors, such as "because," are left out and the logic is left for readers to infer. Often, two or more meanings are possible: here, for example, "keep house" can imply keeping one's house tidy, or "keeping a house" that is welcoming for all who live there, even the spiders.(from an essay by Robert Hass, U.S. poet laureate)

Also, thanks for the photo, Nancy!
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