Haiku Thursday

My latest murder mystery revolves around haiku, so every week I’m publishing a classic Japanese haiku, illustrated with a woodblock print or painting from the British Museum collection. Today’s poem is by Masaoka Shiki.

A haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. I’ve kept to that in the translations.

The tree’s been cut down
And now the dawn breaks early
Through my small window

Hokusai, Snowy dawn at Koishikawa © British Museum

Hokusai, Snowy dawn at Koishikawa © British Museum

The Haiku Murder – Tokyo-based expat Londoner Josie Clark’s haiku-writing trip comes to an abrupt end when a charismatic financier falls from the top of Matsuyama Castle. But was he pushed? Ebook and paperback out now on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

The Haiku Murder