Today’s Haiku (June 9, 2009)

水甕に浮べる蟻の影はなく     山口誓子

mizugame ni ukaberu ari no kage wa naku

an ant

floating in the water vat

without its shadow

Seishi Yamaguchi


from “Yamaguchi Seishi Kusyu” (Haiku Collection of Seishi Yamaguchi), Modern Haiku Self-selected and Self-interpreted Series Vol. 5, Hakuhosha, Tokyo, 1995


Fay’s Note:  In his self-interpretation of this haiku, Seishi Yamaguchi wrote:

An ant walked on the rim of a water vat.  Accidentally, or by a force of the wind, it fell into the water.  Its body floats on the surface.  For a living creature, losing its shadow and floating in the water is the extremity of sadness.


2 responses to “Today’s Haiku (June 9, 2009)

  1. Thanks for bringing this wonderful haiku to the English language!

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