hirugao no mieru hirusugi porutogaru
I see an afternoon glory
in the late afternoon…
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.