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

南天の真っ正直な紅の色

In the southern sky
The undiluted honesty
of crimson

人体の自在に曲がる螢の夜

The human body’s
freedom of motion
Firefly night

善人と歩く日向の枇杷の花

Walking with good people
Loquat flowers in the sun

地球の芯に水流るるや秋の蟬

Water flows
in the center of the Earth —
Autumn cicadas

彼の世は親し風鈴がひとつ鳴り

His world is familiar
One wind chime ringing

猫太る夢に山河も冬枯れて

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

NOTES:

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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