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Beats Stumbling Around in Silence

sleep with “daki kago”, part 1



Yosa Buson:

A bat flits
in moonlight
above the plum blossoms.


Bats swarming at dusk
Dark cloud gathers to feed
In search of winged prey

Once again Chèvrefeuille has a great challenge: to share and be inspired by your favorite haiku written by Yosa Buson (1716-1784), one of the “big-five” haiku poets. This was a great challenge for me as I had not read much of Buson’s work. I chose this haiku not only because of its beautiful imagery but because I am quite fond of bats. They are a wonderful part of our ecosystem yet they suffer from an undeserving, very bad reputation. Bats also symbolize autumn and upcoming Halloween (which also plays into their bad reputation). My response is not as serene as Buson’s but it is a behavior that I find fascinating nonetheless.

In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem My Favorite Haiku By … #4 Buson’s sleep with “daki kago”

Author: Dancing Echoes

I am a scientist by trade and artist by soul. My creative outlet used to be dancing but due to injuries and age, I must now find another path. I am hoping my writing, poetry and photography can be this new path. Awards: While I am grateful and honored for the numerous nominations, I don’t have time to respond to them with the attention they deserve, so for the most part, I am an award free blog. All photographs and words are mine unless otherwise credited. © 2015-2023 Dancing Echoes ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Christy Draper with appropriate and specific direction to the original content on Dancing Echoes.

14 thoughts on “sleep with “daki kago”, part 1

  1. We have numerous bat boxes around our farm. They are very interesting creatures, and excellent mosquito control. You’re right, they get a bum rap. My kids and I watch em dart and dodge around at dusk some nights. Still kinda spooks me when I get a fly-by though.

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  2. That’s great! I only have one bat box on the side of my house. I would like to have more. Yes, their stealthy flying can be unnerving but I have never had one get caught in my hair :).

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  3. They don’t really bother me, and we like having them around. But when one swoops past past my head under the dark of night, it makes me duck and dodge like I’m under attack or something. Then I realize what it was and it’s all good.

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  4. I love bats, and was disturbed by the comments I read on a friend’s Facebook page. Bats had recently returned to her neighborhood, and she was elated, but many people made disparaging comments. Bats are so misunderstood!

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  5. I agree! People always bring up rabies by they are less susceptible to rabies than mammals on the ground -plus rabies is rare these days anyway.

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  6. Reblogged this on Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser and commented:
    How cool is this – firey pic?

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  7. This is a serious work. Your haiku is evocative, and yes, very Autumn-like. People with passion for things have a most attractive trait.

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  8. I like the gentle spirit of bats. I worry about people who infected the central US cave bats with “white nose syndrome.” They fo help us we it our ecosystems and keep bugs from overpopulation, too. Lovely words and photograph.

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  9. Thank you for the kind words and wow, thank you for bringing this up. I had forgotten about the colony crashes that were happening – much like honey bees. So sad.


  10. Yes, bats are marvelous creatures. Your haiku gives the insectivorous ones the credit they richly deserve.

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