hirakan to murokeshi kara o otoshikeri
to open its blossom
a hot house poppy
sheds its hulls
from “Nihon Dai-Saijiki” (“Japanese Comprehensive Saijiki”) , edited by Shuoshi Mizuhara, Shuson Kato and Kenkichi Yamamoto, published by Kodansha, Tokyo, Japan, 1981
Fay’s Note: Kineo Fukuda (1927-2005) ‘murozaki’ (hot house flower) is a winter kigo.