Haiku by Kawana Tsugio (川名つぎお)

ヒロシマの氏神は何をしていたのか

The god
Of Hiroshima
What was he doing?

からだの風景を鷹が舞っている

A hawk dances
the landscape
of your body

人体の風土記つぶさに書いており

The history
on our bodies is written
in fine detail

今朝の秋きのうのおれがまだ着かぬ

An autumn morning
Who I was yesterday
Has yet to come by

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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.