Five Haiku by Kosaka Akira (高坂明良)

people, people, people,
peeling off the thin skin
of autumn

frozen crane
there are nights spent waiting
on one leg

I blinked
and for a moment entered
the cosmos

here’s a box
I wish I could make it overflow
with roses

I forget everything
standing beneath
the cherry blossoms

人、人、人、秋のうす皮を剥き合う

凍鶴の片足で待つ夜があり

まばたき宇宙が少し入った

箱がある薔薇で溢れさせたい

すべて忘れて桜の下にいる

NOTES: Poems originally published in the Japanese literary anthology Musica, vol. 2 (January 2015).

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