Today’s Haiku (January 27, 2011)

冬菊のまとふはおのがひかりのみ            水原秋桜子

fuyu-giku no matou wa onoga hikari nomi

winter chrysanthemum

wearing nothing

but its own light

Shuohshi Mizuhara

from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine) ,  February 2010 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo

Fay’s Note: This haiku by Shuohshi Mizuhara (1892-1981) was written in 1948.

6 responses to “Today’s Haiku (January 27, 2011)

  1. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    This is gorgeous, Fay… In my white world (with all this snow) it touches upon something you can’t express in words.

  2. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Fay, we have eight feet snow drifts all around. No place else to put the snow. Frozen pipes, and all the other winter “joys” of the season. The next storm is Wed. and they expect it to be another big one…. At this point I must take the concept of spring on faith… there are no indications that it want to visit our area yet. So be glad you live in sunny California! 🙂

  3. I understand San Francisco was suppose to get its first snow this past week, the first in about 150 years. I agree with Merrill, this haiku captures something inexpressible.

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Hi, Fay and Yousei Hime… We had had a nice warm rain the other night that soon turned to snow again. The constant snow has turned my writing mind to a blank piece of paper…white carries you into white…. (they say when you lose your sight the light is white)… It’s been quite an experience to explore this winter in my writing. At first it was monotanous…but the deeper into nature’s elements brings you to an almost surreal world. It carries you into the inexpressible to a place of new understanding…

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