Four Haiku

どこへでも走って天気の中にいる –谷佳紀

Wherever I run
I’m surrounded
by weather

–Tani Yoshinori

夏来る人格二つたずさえて –恩田皓充

Summer arrives
Carrying
Two identities

–Onda Hiromitsu

千里より一里が遠き春の闇 –飯田龍太

A single li
is farther than a thousand li
Darkness in spring

–Iida Ryuuta

零(ゼロ)の中 爪立ちをして哭いている –富澤赤黄男

in zero
standing on the tips of my toes
and crying

–Tomisawa Kakio

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NOTES: A li is a unit of measurement (about 500 meters).

Poems used by kind permission from the Gendai Haiku Association.

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Five Haiku

いきいきと三月生る雲の奧

–飯田龍太

Brightly, vividly
March is born
Deep within the clouds

–Iida Ryuuta

六月の真夜の家裂く金の馬

–金子皆子

Midnight in June
Tearing through my home —
a golden horse

–Kaneko Minako

からだの風景を鷹が舞っている

–川名つぎお

The landscape of the body
Circled by a falcon

–Kawana Tsugio

親子笑えり一心に切る紙キリスト

–村井和一

Parent and child laugh
with all their hearts
cutting paper Christ

–Murai Kazuichi

教会の冷たき椅子を拭く仕事

–田中裕明

The work of
wiping off the church’s
cold chairs

–Tanaka Hiroaki

NOTES: Special thanks to Yumi for her suggestions.

Poems used by kind permission from the Gendai Haiku Association.