senninbari moraishi toki no sakura kana
when he received
‘one thousand stitches’ charm…
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine), December 2017 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: ‘senninbari’ (stitches by a thousand people) was a charm given to a soldier during WWII in Japan. A cotton belt with stitches each sewn by a different woman was considered to protect him.