Today’s Haiku (March 22, 2017)

竜天にこだまみじかき黄泉の穴  永井由紀子

ryû ten ni kodama mijikaki yomi no ana

            dragon king up to the sky…

            a short echo

            in the nether world hole

                                                            Yukiko Nagai

from ‘Shu” (‘Lap’), a haiku collection of Yuriko Nagai, Furansu-do, Tokyo, 2016

Fay’s Note:   It was believed a dragon king went up to the sky on the spring equinox.

Today’s Haiku (March 21, 2017)

三月の急階段を行けば海  柏柳明子

sangatsu no kyûkaidan o ikeba umi

            going down

            the steep stairs of March

            the ocean

                                                Akiko Kashiwayanagi

from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine, June 2016 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

Today’s Haiku (March 20, 2017)

勿忘草わかものゝ墓標ばかりなり   石田破郷

wasurenagusa wakamono no bohyô bakari nari


            only the tombs

            of young ones

                                                Hakyo Ishida

from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006

Fay’s Note:  Hakyo Ishida (1913-1969)

Today’s Haiku (March 19, 2017)

徴兵もなくて絵踏もなき時代    米田清文

chôhei mo nakute efumi mo naki jidai

the era

without the draft

 without ‘efumi’ loyalty test

                                                Kiyofumi Yoneda

from ‘Kakyo” (‘Home Country’), a haiku collection of Kiyofumi Yoneda, Furansu-do, Tokyo, 2017

Fay’s Note:   During Edo period (1603-1867), being a Christian was illegal.   ‘efumi’ test (trodding on a plate with Virgin Mary or other Christian symbol on it) was conducted   It was done often in the spring and it became a spring kigo.

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Today’s Haiku (March 18, 2017)

朧夜の戦車は蹲るかたち  宇多喜代子

oboroyo no sensha wa uzukumaru katachi

            misty night

            a tank in the shape

            of crouching down

                                                Kiyoko Uda

from ‘Haiku,’ a monthly haiku magazine, March 2016 Issue, Kabushiki Kaisha Kadokawa, Tokyo

Today’s Haiku (March 17, 2017)

沈丁や死相あらはれ死相きえ   川端茅舎

jinnchô ua shisô araware shisô kie


            the shadow of death on the face

            appears and disappears

                                                            Bosha Kawabata

from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006

Fay’s Note:  Bosha Kawabata (1900-1941)