I Could Kill It with One Finger: Haiku by Uda Kiyoko (宇多喜代子 b. 1935)

Rabbits in summer
starve
and dream

夏の兎飢えたり夢を見ていたり

Still living
a dragonfly dries up
on the stones

生きながら蜻蛉乾く石の上

Autumn butterfly
I could kill it
with one finger

秋の蝶指一本で殺せるもの

The act of killing
is an ugly thing
winter butterfly

殺すには醜悪であり冬の蝶

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