A Little Haiku & One Tanka

 

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Consider me

as one who loved poetry

and persimmons

~ Masaoaka Shiki

*

High-altitude rose petals

falling

falling

falling:

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

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For more on Japanese Haiku and Tanka poetry:

Michael R Burch

Haiku-Poetry.org

The Tokyo Foundation

 

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