This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku322 – Traveling Monk
the sun set behind
a traveling monk
tall in the withered field
This haiku is by Masaoka Shiki, considered by many the first poet of modern haiku. 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. Shiki died of tuberculosis in 1902, at the age of 34.
Traveling Monk was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Anvil and Vibraphone.