Today’s Haiku (April 28, 2011)

田に人のゐるやすらぎに春の雲  宇佐美魚目

ta ni hito no iru yasuragi ni haru no kumo

a person in the rice field

spring clouds

above the calmness

                                    Gyonoku Usami

from “Gendai no Haiku” (Modern Haiku), edited by Shobin Hirai, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1996

Fay’s Note:  Gyomoku Usami  (1926-)

One response to “Today’s Haiku (April 28, 2011)

  1. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Hi Fay, Here is a haiku that at first glance appears to just be a word painting…. yet as I gaze on this scene, so many things come to mind… I guess as an artist it always puzzles me that scene haiku mean so little to people… I see a person in the rice fields trying to get that crop planted before the storm moves in (spring clouds can turn quite violent suddenly.) I see a person planting rice and thankful for the rain that will keep it well watered… I see the daily drama of someone’s life here. It’s so quiet no one notices…yet with all the struggles of daily food production etc. of any other life. I rather enjoy scene haiku sometimes … this one just transported me to Japan… Thanks.

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