Today’s Haiku (March 5, 2011)

白梅とイエスを見たり昼の闇    男波弘志

hakubai to iesu o mitari hiru no yami

            I see white plum blossoms

            and Jesus Christ     

            afternoon darkness

                                                            Hiroshi Onami


from “ChôShinsen 21” ,  (“Super New Selection 21,” an anthology of the haiku poets under 50-year-olds) edited by Bansei Tsukushi, Yasuko Tsushima, Leona Takayama, You-shorin, Nagano, Japan, December 2010

4 responses to “Today’s Haiku (March 5, 2011)

  1. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Now this is an interesting haiku…. In order to read it with any kind of intelligence it may be necessary to know if the writer is a Christian or one who is looking at Jesus Christ from another perspective. As a Christian, I read it as the white plum blossoms…all the glory of the beauty this world has to offer… Then we are introduced to the man who loved enough to give his life to take on the sins of “all the world”… and I see the author becoming aware of all the sadness that has been caused in this world… and all the pain that would cause someone like Jesus to make such a sacrifice. Which leaves the afternoon very dark for him. Now if the author is not a Christian I would have a difficult time understanding this haiku completely since evidently I would have no idea what his perspective would be in that regard. So this is a haiku that surely begs some history of the poet to try ot understand what is being written. Very interesting haiku, Fay. As usual, your thoughts would be of great help.

  2. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    It must be said, that to a Christian, the blossoms are a symbol for the glory of God. That is a whole other discussion…

  3. Merrill: I do not think the poet is Christian, but I could be wrong.
    For me, seeing Jesus, not Buddha (Buddhism is the most common religion in Japan) is surprising and that is why this haiku makes unique.

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    I agree with you, Fay. I’ve been in long discussions, often, with some of my Buddhist friends about just what GOD is…and how Christians relate to he/she/it …. I found this exceedingly interesting since it sits on the edge of that searching for something …. It’s always intesting to me to hear how nonChristians relate to the concept of GOD….and the question of being and nonbeing…

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