Today’s Haiku (January 5, 2016)

鈴の音のかくもやさしき白破魔矢  鷹羽狩行

suzu no ne no kaku mo yasashiki shiro hamaya

              such a soft sound

              of the bell—

              a white New Year’s arrow

                                                        Shugyo Takaha

from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine, January 2016 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

Fay’s Note:   ‘hamaya’ (a New Year’s good luck arrow) is a Japanese New Year’s kigo and you will get this ornamented arrow at the shrine.  Literal translation of the word is ‘break-evil spirit-arrow.’   Since the word is very long, I cut it short in my translation…  😀



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