Today’s Haiku (June 6, 2010)

ソーダ水方程式を濡らしけり   小川軽舟

sôda-sui hôteishiki o nurashikeri

bubbled water

it wets

an equation

Keishu Ogawa

from “Gendai Haiku Hyakunin Nijukku” (“Modern Haiku: 20 Haiku per100 Poets”), edited by Kazuo Ibaraki, Kiyoko Uda, Nenten Tsubouchi, Kazuko Nishimura, You-shorin, Nagano, 2004

Fay’s Note:  “sôda-sui” (bubbled/carbonated water) is a summer kigo.  

One can write a Japanese haiku without a subject word.   Most of time, the subject is “I,” the poet.   But this one, I am not sure.   I see two people (somehow, a male and female students) studying together.   It is a summer time.  

Between them, cans (or glasses) of bubbled water…   But the translation can be

bubbled water

I wet

an equation

 

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