A Few Free-form Haiku by Ogiwara Seisensui (荻原井泉水)

たんぽぽたんぽぽ砂浜に春が目を開く

dandelion dandelion
on the sandy beach
spring opens its eyes

赤ん坊髪生えてうまれ来しぞ夜明け

The baby was born
with a head full of hair!

Dawn

空をあゆむ朗朗と月ひとり

I.

Walking the sky
a clear moon
all alone

II.

skywalking
clear moon

alone

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Three Free-form Haiku

こだま
「おーい」と淋しい人
「おーい」と淋しい山

— 荻原井泉水

Echo

“He~ey” said the lonely human
“He~ey” said the lonely mountain

— Ogiwara Seisensui

せきをしてもひとり

— 尾崎放哉

I even cough
alone

— Ozaki Hosai

もりもりもりあがる雲へ歩む

— 種田山頭火

rising high high higher
walking toward the clouds

— Taneda Santoka

A Free-form Haiku by Ogiwara Seisensui

どちら見ても山頭火が歩いた山の秋の雲

— 荻原井泉水

Wherever I look,
autumn clouds in the mountains
where Santoka walked

— Ogiwara Seisensui

NOTES:

Ogiwara Seisensui (1884-1976) was one of the originators of free-form haiku, and he published early works by Taneda Santoka (1882-1940) in his haiku magazine, 層雲 (Sōun).