A rough sea!
Stretched out over Sado
The Milky Way.
Matsuo Bashō (1644–94)
The classical masters of old say it is bad
luck to play the wrong tune at the wrong
time. Every raga echoes a certain mood,
they say, in tune with the colours of the
hours and the watches of the night. The
old haiku masters of Japan agree. Every
haiku only belongs to a certain season,
crafted with the words particular to that
season. So they spoke of summer rains,
autumn loves, winter dreams; and —
beneath it all — the call of the deep, deep
north. And here we are, ragas out of time,
haikus out of space, trying to find our way
home while in our tired hearts beats the
call of the deep, deep north.