kasa no shizuku de sen hiku arsobi ôtoki
playing with drops from the umbrella
to draw a line…
from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006
Fay’s Note: Osamu Dazai, a Japanese writer (1909-1948) committed suicide on June 13, 1948. His death anniversary is called ‘ôtoki’ (literary translation: cherry death anniversary) based on one of his signature work.