A Little Haiku & One Tanka



Consider me

as one who loved poetry

and persimmons

~ Masaoaka Shiki


High-altitude rose petals




the melody of a waterfall

~ Matsuo Basho


I remove my beautiful kimono:

its varied braids

surround and entwine my body

~ Hisajo Sugita


Standing beneath cherry blossoms

Who can be strangers?

~ Kobayashi Issa


Our life here on earth:

to what shall we compare it?

It is not like a rowboat

departing at daybreak

leaving no trace of us in its wake?

~ Takaha Shugyo


For more on Japanese Haiku and Tanka poetry:

Michael R Burch


The Tokyo Foundation


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