Melissa Allen at Red Dragonfly sparked my interest in starting this page. She said:
So now I’m curious about what other people’s favorite haiku are. Do you have any? Do you think it would be hard to decide on some?
I do have favorites, and the list grows. I’m going to use this page to keep track of and share them. Enjoy and please feel free to share your own and comments on these. The first two are the ones I shared with Melissa on the post linked above. I love the irony that they were my first choices and both are about dead wives.
tsuma koyoi tsuki no usage to asabu naramu
my wife tonight
must be playing
with rabbits on the moon
from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine, October 2012 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: The poet lost his wife 7 years ago.
this piercing cold I feel
my dead wife’s comb, in our bedroom
under my heel . . . .
the distant mountains
are reflected in the eye
of the dragonfly
to hold my wife
treading spring noon’s
gravel going home
come out to view
the truth of flowers blooming
kareshi mono mina yawarakaki kage o motsu
things which withered
all of them have
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine) , September 2009 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
posted at Fay Aoyagi’s Blue Willow Haiku World