Sunday, March 20, 2005

Japanese Haiku / 일본 하이크

As spring is finally arriving in Europe and East Asia, here are a couple of poems from a book of Haiku I picked up at an antiques fair a few months ago. (You'll have to wait till summer to hear my favourite!) I won't even attempt a Korean translation of these!

What, travelling
in the rain?... But where can he
be wending snailward?
- by Issa

Paperweights protect
bright picture-books in the shop...
Inquisitive breeze.
- by Kito

First dream of the year...
I kept it a dark secret...
Smiling to myself.
- by Sho-u

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