the pear blossoming . . .
after the battle this
ruined house

—Masaoka Shiki (1867 - 1902)

This poem is a foil for Basho's famous "summer grass . . . / those mighty warriors' / dream tracks".

from William J. Higginson with Penny Harter, _The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku_, published by Kodansha International. Copyright 1985
William J. Higginson; used by permission of the translator.

(Handbook, p. 22)

About the author: Shiki (1867-1902) created revolutions in haiku (the name he gave to this kind of poem), tanka, and the personal essay during his short life.


Responses to the haiku for 20 April 2001 by Masaoka Shiki (1867 - 1902)

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-16 09:28:35

    thoughts remain
    wedding gift left unopened -

    he called "her" name

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-11-25 10:35:40

    On the pear's trunk,
    the creeper and the whirlwin
    climbing together

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-08-14 07:03:49

    where ripen fruit once weighed down
    pink bloom-filled cherry boughs--
    autumn sunset