Today’s Haiku (June 8, 2010)

この島に人来る季節竹夫人    岸本尚毅
kono shima ni hito kuru kisetsu chiku-fujin

a season

when visitors come to this island

bamboo pillow

Naoki Kishimoto

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:   “chiku-fujin” (meaning “bamboo lady”) is a summer kigo.    “Pillow” may not be the best choice of the word.   It is a long tubular thing made of bamboo or rattan.   People use it by holding it or leaning to it to escape the summer heat.

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