Haiku-International No. 154 (March 2022)

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Selected haiku

Haiku translations: a collaboration between Emiko Miyashita, Claudia Brefeld and Eva Moering

"Here the idea and background of this project can be found.

 

 

Selection and commentary by TSUSHIMA Yasuko,
HIA Director

脳裏の詩以外すべてが古いこの部屋

Everything is old
except the poems in my brain
in this room

everything is old
except for the poems in my head
In this room

オルナ− (内モンゴル) URNAA, O. (Inner Mongolia)

In search of novelty, Bashō tried to grasp the inner essence of the "form" of things by "penetrating into things and uncovering their intricacies". Mongolian culture, like Japan, has a long tradition, but the essence of the culture is buried deep in the hearts of the steppe nomadic tribes. Some may think that living in such a traditional style is old-fashioned, but the spirit of poetry is always new, searching for the essence that exists at the bottom of this reality, like Bashō.

夕星に夕顔の白耀へる

yūzutsu ni / yūgao no shiro / kagayoeru

evening star,
white as a moon flower
shimmering

永伊予人(広島) EI Iyoto (Hiroshima)

Yūgao (moon flower), which blooms white in summer evenings, and glittering Venus to the west. The flowers on earth and the star in the sky shine, call and attract each other. The moonflower withers the next morning, after a nightly exchange of life. Like a prayer, this haiku conveys the beautiful soul of the author who ends the day safely.

寄り添って / 唇を奪う / 電話の合間

yorisotte / kuchibiru o ubau / denwa no aima

cuddle
stealing kisses –
between phone calls

シーハン、ウィリアム セイユウ (アメリカ)
SHEHAN, William Seiyu (USA)

Two young people kiss as if in a hurry to quickly hang up the phone. It reminds me of an American series I loved in the 1960's and scenes not often portrayed in Japanese haiku, which is interesting. The peppy cadence of "cuddling" to "stealing kisses" becomes the rhythm of love, and is a light-hearted and cool expression. Also, the hyphen forms a “cut”. I imagined lovers by the fireplace on a winter's night.

石あればそこに仏が花野みち

ishi areba / soko ni hotoke ga / hananomichi

wherever there is a stone
there stands a stone Buddha –
a path through fields of flowers

古郡 孝之 (埼玉) FURUKORI Takayuki (Saitama)

There lies a small rock covered with autumn flowers and grasses. In Japan, it is believed that thousands of gods dwell in nature and that people live in harmony with them, sometimes even being part of the world of the gods. In other words, "Even plants or a land that is without a heart has the nature of a Buddha". Buddhas make flowers bloom everywhere.

秋茜地上に針の影浅し

akiakane / chijyō ni hari no / kage asashi

red dragonfly –
the needle on the ground
casts a shadow

毬矢まりえ (東京) MARIYA Marie (Tokyo)

A painterly representation that goes beyond a mere sketch, however, with its own sensibility. A red dragonfly flew horizontally around the author and disappeared. Was the faint shadow of the red body an illusion? She falls like a needle. I feel the sadness as the needle pierces the ground and the hearts of the people who live there. A work that works out the inner perspective in a poetic way.

 

And here are five more haiku - selected by Emiko Miyashita

秋さやか天文台の銀の屋根

akisayaka / tenmondai no / gin no yane

the silver dome
an observatory —
clear autumn day

熊谷佳久子 (札幌) KUMAGAI Kakuko (Sapporo)

薄野や母の後れ毛ふれてみる

susukino ya / haha ​​no okurege / huretemiru

silver grass field –
gently I touch
my mother's loose hair

山﨑百花 (東京) YAMAZAKI Momoka (Tokyo)

五月かな若き日の手記きらめける

gogatsu kana / wakaki hi no shuki / kiramekeru

shiny May
also my diary from my youth
sparkles

松中薫 (神戸) MATSUNAKA Kaoru (Kobe)

蛞蝓に精一杯の伸びのあり

namekuji ni / sei'ippai no / nobi no ari

A snail
stretches
with all power

各務恵紅 (岐阜) KAGAMI Kiko (Gifu)

老犬のぐづる散歩や秋暑し

rōken no / guzuru sanpo ya / aki atsushi

Our elderly dog
complains about the walk
A hot autumn

春木小桜子 (大阪) HARUKI Saoko (Osaka)

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