Haiku in Wartime



I may be going to war
Fallen leaves
kindle the fire

–Higashi Kyouzou (Higashi Kyôzô)



Out of cigarettes and sugar
Dust in the store’s glass jar

–Kuribayashi Issekiro



My hands and my feet
were disassembled and
replaced with logs

–Tsuru Akira



Waiting for the order to retreat
Rifle on my shoulder

–Nakayama Kamenbou



In the trench
a dog tag
catches the light

–Saitou Sanki


Higashi Kyouzou (or Kyôzô) was another pen name for Akimoto Fujio (秋元不死男).

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