rôbai no tsuya o utushinu usugôri
winter sweet’s charm
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine), March 2013 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: ‘robai (winter sweet)’ is a tree blossoming in January to February. Literal translation is ‘wax plum,’ but it doesn’t belong to a plum tree family.