Black Cats: Haiku by Kaneko Minako (金子皆子)

満月なり慕情は踝をのぼり

Full moon
A longing climbs up
my ankle

眼鏡の隅の黒猫光りくる野分

In the corner of my glasses
a black cat comes to light
Typhoon in late autumn

フォト増えていく小さなハートいっぱい

1

More and more photos
They fill up my little heart

2

The photo album keeps growing
My little heart
is so full it could burst

夏闇吹かれ黒猫の青草のひとすじ

Summer after dark
Wind blows a green leaf of grass
on the black cat

むしかりの白花白花オルゴール

The viburnum’s
white flowers white flowers
music box

冬の夜の黒猫菜の花の匂い

Winter night
Black cat
Scent of rape blossoms

遠きに雪解ネパールの木綿美し

In the distance
melting snow
Nepal’s cotton beauty

黒猫よ枯れ枯れてあり紅梅

Black cat
Withering, withering
red-blossom plum tree

NOTES: Poems used by kind permission from the Gendai Haiku Association.

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