hiroshima ya tamago kû toki kuchi hiraku
to eat an egg
I open my mouth
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine) , July 2010 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: This haiku does not have a kigo, but it is one of 8 haiku titled ‘Famous City’ by Sanki Saito (1900-1962). Soon after an atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, Sanki visited the city. When he started to eat a boiled egg for lunch, he noticed that was the first time he opened his mouth that day. He had been speechless with what he saw.