Today’s Haiku (August 19, 2016)

昼顔の見えるひるすぎぽるとがる   加藤郁乎

hirugao no mieru hirusugi porutogaru

I see an afternoon glory

in the late afternoon…


                              Ikuya Kato

from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine, August 2016 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

Fay’s Note:   Ikuya Kato (1929-2012)   ‘hirugao’ (literal translation: ‘afternoon face’) is a wild plant with triangular leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers.  It is a summer kigo.  This is one of his signature haiku.     ‘hirugao’ (a Japanese bindweed, literary translation of ‘afternoon face’) is a summer kigo.

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