Haiku of Tateo Fukutomi


Tateo Fukutomi was born in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan and is an accomplished haiku poet. He began to write haiku in 1963 under the teaching of Tohta Kaneko. He worked in America for one year and studied American Culture under Taro Yashima in Los Angeles. Tateo is a member of the Modern Haiku Association. Some of his haiku books include: Straw Hat (1979), The Sound of Waves (1997), Straw Hat: English edition (2000), and “Trail and Error in a Foreign Land” (1974).

Memory of the atomic bomb

every time the wind pulls off my hat

I put it back on

The sky a place of exile

an American Indian engraves the sun

in the valley

A gathering of insects

I have become

a green friend

Having my hair cut

a fertile bird’s eye view

of the countryside

I walk gear-like

in the country of my birth

where cock sorrels grow

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