Haiku Thursday

Every Thursday I publish a classic haiku from one of the Japanese haiku masters. Today’s haiku is by Yamazaki Sokan.

Reminder – a haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. In translating these haiku I’ve tried to preserve that structure.

Just suppose I put
A handle on the full moon
What a lovely fan!

Torii Kotondo, Woman with a round fan © British Museum

Torii Kotondo, Woman with a round fan © British Museum

(There are two kinds of fan in Japan – folding fans and round fans, like the full moon).

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.

Haiku Thursday

Every Thursday I publish a classic haiku from one of the Japanese haiku masters. Today’s haiku is by Yamazaki Sokan.

Reminder – a haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. In translating these haiku I’ve tried to preserve that structure.

If they had no voice
Herons would be no more than
A thin line of snow

Tsukioka Kogyo - White heron on Bough © British Museum

Tsukioka Kogyo – White heron on Bough © 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.