hamaguri to naru beku yonen naki suzume
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine), August 2010 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: ‘suzume kaichû ni iri haguri to naru’ (a sparrow enters the sea and becomes a clam) is a spring kigo. The ancient people wondered why the population of sparrows did not become large. Conclusion was that sparrow might have entered the sea and changed themselves into clams.