In today’s haiku prompt Chevrefeuille of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai asks us to reflect upon the river as a metaphor for life. He discusses how in Hermann Hesse’s book Siddhartha, the river becomes a teacher for Siddhartha (Buddha).
It’s been many years since I read this book but I still the remember passage Chevrefeuille quotes – it was my favourite part of the book:-
[…] “He had noticed that the river’s spoke to him, he learned from it, it educated and taught him, the river seemed to be a god to him, for many years he did not know that every wind, every cloud, every bird, every beetle was just as divine and knows just as much and can teach just as much as the worshipped river. But when this holy man went into the forests (a metaphor for dying), he knew everything, knew more than you and me, without teachers, without books, only because he had believed in the river.” […]
Here is the haiga I made in response to these ideas:-