Today’s Haiku (February 26, 2014) | Blue Willow Haiku World (by Fay Aoyagi)

亀鳴けりほんとの言葉ききたくて   小原啄葉

kame nakeri honto no kotoba kikitakute

            tortoise sings..

            I would like to hear

            true words

                                                Takuyo Obara

from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine) ,  August  2012 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo

Fay’s Note:   Though a tortoise doesn’t sing, ‘kame naku’ (a tortoise/turtle sings) is a spring kigo.     This haiku was originally published in the poet’s haiku collection “Kuroi Nami” (Black Waves), published in May 2012.   Most of haiku in this collection was about a huge earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March 2011.  The poet lives in Morioka.

English translation by Fay Aoyagi

Blue Willow Haiku World (by Fay Aoyagi).

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