A downpour through leaves –
Unexplained scientifically
The lacquerware saucer flies!

(for David McC., Higashiyama, Kyoto, 21.7.12)

7 Responses to “Riddle”

  1. Occasional frivolity is good for you. Yet there is a perfectly real (yet complicated) explanation of what is being recorded here. Apart from David, can anyone figure it out… (especially someone who wasn’t there)? One for the haiku detective.

    • A flying squirrel? Terrified by the sudden, heavy shower, it rose up into the air. You were appalled by the shower, too. That’s why it looked like a flying saucer for you. Looking forward to the righty answer, Stephen!

  2. Ah, a challenge of poetic dimensions. Let’s look at the parts: downpour could be rain, or David could be fooling us; he really means pouring milk, say, or maple syrup.
    Leaves could be leaves of a book as well as the things up on trees.
    The third line, it refers to a frisbee a la japan ware?
    The haiku could also be of someone taking a shower, the water hitting a nearby book, and the book’s owner angrily throwing pots and pans, etc., at the showering soul.
    The second line defies me, sorry. But, if the household bath theory is correct, then who, indeed, could explain a wife’s (?) sudden, unexplained actions?
    But as a haiku, it is nice. Thank you, David.

  3. Thanks, Toshi and Richard, for your attempts at explanation. ‘lacquerware’ was the chief hint, I suppose. It really was a lacquerware saucer and not a squirrel or a frisbee. The ‘downpour’ was summer rain outside. It was a hot day, and when our sabaki (David) picked up his cup of cold tea (was it?), the saucer came off the table seemingly magnetized to the bottom of the cup. The cold transmitting through the base of the cup must have somehow created a vacuum. It appeared to be a magic trick to the few of us who realized what David was doing. I wrote the verse impromptu and offered it later on for the renku, but it was, not unsurprisingly, rejected.

    • Thank you for the right answer, Stephen. It was really an interesting surprise, wasn’t it? I wish I had been there with you to enjoy the ‘flying saucer’ ( and, hopefully, make a haik or senryu)!

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