Today’s Haiku (May 1, 2012)

五月来る夜空の空のインク壺   成田千空

gogatsu kuru yozora no kara no inku-tsubo

May comes

an empty  ink bottle

in the night sky

Senkuu Narita

from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine,  May  2012  Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

When I posted this haiku, I offered the translation below reading the character 空 (sora (sky)).    However, reading Kiyoshi’s comment, I realized another way to read the character “kara” (empty) makes more sense here.     (Fay Aoyagi   5/2/12)

五月来る夜空の空のインク壺   成田千空

gogatsu kuru yozora no sora no inku-tsubo

            May comes

            a sky’s ink bottle

            in the night sky

                                                Senkuu Narita

from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine,  May  2012  Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

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3 responses to “Today’s Haiku (May 1, 2012)

  1. snowbirdpress

    I wonder, when this haiku was written, if May didn’t come in on the new moon to give the night sky such a dark ink-like quality???? The new moon … a time for new beginnings???? Questions come. Or perhaps with the coming of spring the night time hours … or dreams…. give the poet the stuff of writing????

    • Hi, Fay, we may read ‘空’ either ‘sora/zora’ (sky) or ‘kara’ (empty). These are two possible meanings. Besides, successive use of ‘sky’ sounds somewhat redundant. So, I am wondering that ‘空のインク壺’ could be read as ‘empty ink bottle’; this allows an alternative interpretation of the haiku.

  2. Kiyoshi;
    You are right!!!! It makes more sense to read ‘kara’ (empty).
    When I read this, I thought the poet played with the sound, sora (sky).
    Also I thought the night sky would become darker in the summer
    (as you know, the summer starts around May 6);
    no more hazy sky during the spring time….

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