shitamoe ya onono imoko wa hikikomoru
grass buds shooting up—
Onono Imoko buries himself
from “Shûkan Haiku” (“Haiku Weekly”) #393 11/2/2014 Issue, http://weekly-haiku.blogspot.com
Fay’s Note: Kazuya Sawada (1980-2015) Onono Imoko was employed by the court in 7th century and traveled to China as a member of the envoy to Sui Dynasty. In the first envoy, he was accused of his misbehavior – allegedly he lost the letter from Chinese emperor – and lost his dignity. Later he was promoted and became a respected historical figure.