Today’s Haiku (October 27, 2021)

蚯蚓鳴く日本列島水の国  岡本正敏

mimizu naku nihon-rettô mizu no kuni

            earthworm sings…

            the Japanese Archipelago

            is a land of water

                                                            Masatoshi Okamoto

from Haidan, (Haiku Stage) a monthly haiku magazine, November 2013 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

Fay’s Note:  Though earthworm doesn’t sing, ancient people believed it did.   In an old folktale, an earthworm swapped its “eyes” (which a snake didn’t have) with a snake’s “beautiful singing voice.”  “mimizu naku” (earthworm sings) is an autumn kigo.

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