honobono to fune oshidasu ya hasu no naka
I push out a boat—
amidst of lotuses
from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006
Fay’s Note: Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) is one of the most famous Japanese novelists in the 20th century. He started writing novels after Kyoshi Takahama encouraged him to do so.