haru tôshi kakekomidera no ishi no kubo
spring yet far away
a hollow of the stone
at the battered women’s temple
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine) , March 2013 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: In the era women could not initiate divorce in Japan, there were temples for the battered women to provide a safe place.