Four Free-form Haiku by Kawamoto Ryokuseki (河本緑石)

私の胸に黒い夜沼の蛇だ

Inside my heart
the blackest night
A snake in a swamp

迷いあぐんだ街角で枯木になる

Standing at a street corner
Unable to choose a direction
I turn into a withered tree

冬の夕焼さびしい指が生えた

The winter sunset
stretched out
its lonely fingers

蛍一つ二つゐる闇へ子を失うてゐる

I.

One firefly
and then another
A child chases them
into the darkness
and is lost

II.

One firefly
after another
A child is lost
in the dark

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