fudaraku e kuminaoshitaru hanaikada
for a trip to the sacred mountain
cherry blossom raft
from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine, March 2-16 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: ‘fudaraku’ (‘potalaka’ in sanscrit) is the sacred mountain in the south. In ancient time, a Buddhist monk sailed to the sea in a tiny raft believing he could be born again in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha.