This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku278 – coolness
a mountain stream splashes out
This is a haiku by Masaoka Shiki, who dedicated most of his life to haiku and is usually credited with reviving this Japanese poetic form. He advocated realistic observation by “sketching” (shasei) poems and going out into nature with notebooks, thus abandoning the traditional subjects of haiku of the time. His advice for an aspiring poet was, “Use both imaginary pictures and real ones, but prefer the real ones.”
We live at the bottom of a hill, so rain water flows down to us. As the ground saturates, our neighbor’s and our own sump pumps work simultaneously to pump water into an area between our houses, which then flows through our yard to the street. We have had a small lake in that area for the past five months, so this haiku took on an additional meaning.
Between Houses was written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Wood Blocks, Gong, Vibraphone, Cymbals, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.