mimizu naku nihon-rettô mizu no kuni
the Japanese Archipelago
is a land of water
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.