hakuchô no hikishi mokichi no sanga kana
swans returned north
these mountains and rivers
of Mokichi’s land
from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006
Fay’s Note: Mokichi Saito (1882-1953) is one of the prominent tanka poets in Japan. He was born in Yamagata Prefecture.