Today’s Haiku (March 4, 2016)

蛤となるべく余念なき雀   三田きえ子

hamaguri to naru beku yonen naki suzume

              busy becoming

              a clam…

              a sparrow

                                          Kieko Mita

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.



One response to “Today’s Haiku (March 4, 2016)

  1. extraordinarily imaginative

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