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Today’s Haiku (December 29, 2018)

#Haiku Happenings #8: Fay Aoyagi’s Today’s Haiku features Tohta Kaneko!

Blue Willow Haiku World (by Fay Aoyagi)

青き馬倒れていたる師走かな   金子兜太

aoki uma taoreteitaru shiwasu kana

blue horse

fallen down…

December

Tohta Kaneko

from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine), December 2012 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo

Fay’s Note:   Tohta Kaneko (1919-2018)     ‘Shiwasu’ (literary translation: ‘a teacher runs’) is another name for December.   According to saijiki, the word ‘shi’ means ‘a priest (a Buddhist monk, rather?).’    In December a priest who is normally calm runs around to complete his tasks before the year-end.

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