kame nakeri honto no kotoba kikitakute
I would like to hear
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine) , August 2012 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: Though a tortoise doesn’t sing, ‘kame naku’ (a tortoise/turtle sings) is a spring kigo. This haiku was originally published in the poet’s haiku collection “Kuroi Nami” (Black Waves), published in May 2012. Most of haiku in this collection was about a huge earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March 2011. The poet lives in Morioka.