The Cat’s Getting Fat: Haiku by Terai Taniko (寺井谷子)


In the southern sky
The undiluted honesty
of crimson


The human body’s
freedom of motion
Firefly night


Walking with good people
Loquat flowers in the sun


Water flows
in the center of the Earth —
Autumn cicadas


His world is familiar
One wind chime ringing


The cat’s getting fat
Even in his dreams, outside
is desolate winter


According to an online profile, Terai Taniko was born in Fukuoka in 1944 and started writing haiku at the age of ten. She is a vice president of the Gendai Haiku Association. Among her books is 「母の家ー寺井谷子句集」 (My Mother’s House – Collected Haiku of Terai Taniko, 2006).

All poems taken from the Gendai Haiku Assocation Database.


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