Four Free-form Haiku by Ozaki Hosai

とんぼが淋しい机にとまりに来てくれた

A dragonfly
came to visit me
at my lonely desk

肉がやせてくる太い骨である

The meat gets thinner
The bones get fatter

門をしめる大きな音さしてお寺が寝る

The gate shuts
with a loud groan
The temple sleeps

うつろの心に眼が二つあいている

Both eyes are open
in an emptied mind

— 尾崎 放哉 (Ozaki Hosai)

NOTES:

“thinner/fatter” — lit. “meat thins out, fat bones” or “They are fat bones that thin out the meat”

“with a loud groan” — lit. “a big sound”

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