Favorites From Others

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” Anaïs Nin

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~身の奥の鈴鳴りいづるさくらかな 黒田杏子

mi no oku no suzu nariizuru sakura kana

a bell in the depth of my body
starts to ring
cherry blossoms
Momoko Kuroda

winter afternoon
in the branches of the burning bush
a cardinal flares

K. Brobeck


by Joseph Harker

Thirteen Ways of Slicing a Tomato



妻今宵月の兎と遊ぶならむ  伊藤伊那男

tsuma koyoi tsuki no usage to asabu naramu

my wife tonight
must be playing
with rabbits on the moon

Inao Ito

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.


炭に筋ありて芭蕉の忌なりけり  伊藤通明

sumi ni suji arite bashô no ki narikeri

there is a line

in the charcoal

Basho’s death anniversary

Michiaki Ito



moyuru kagiri hito ni ataeshi chibusa nare gan no sesei o itsu yori to shirazu

as long as they were burning
I offered my breasts to a man
without  knowing
when cancer cells have developed

Fay’s Note:  Fumiko Nakajo (1922-1954)   She died of cancer at the age of 32.

from “Gendai Tanka No Kansho 101” (Appreciation of Contemporary Tanka 101) edited by Ken Kodaka, Shinshokan, 1999, Tokyo, Japan


林檎剥くときは優しい顔をする  相沢文子

ringo muku tokiwa yasashii kao o suru

            peeling an apple

the face becomes


Fumiko Aizawa

from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine,  November 2013  Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

All Fay‘s Note listings are from Fay Aoyagi’s wonderful blog Blue Willow Haiku World.

[Any listings above with Japanese and English are from Fay’s blog.]




in opposition
rabbit moon

Angie Werren


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