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.

An iris flower
A single bloom gleaming white
In the spring twilight

Maruyama Oshin - iris © British Museum

Maruyama Oshin – iris © 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