Haiku of Kyoshi Takahama


willingly bitten

by an autumn mosquito

of Yakumo’s old house

 

the lighthouse is low,

prominent is the sound of

the foghorn.

 

a morning glory

reflected,

a tropical fish submerging

 

pathetic!

on the wayside,

a tomb of ’awa’ pilgrim

 

the spring

of the country where

sparrows also fear no people

 

under the moon,

walking in a disguising costume

as a certain person.

 

Kyoshi Takahama 高浜 虚子 1874 to 1959 was a haiku poet during the Showa period. Masaoka Shiki, his mentor, gave Kyoshi his pen name. He studied Edo period Japanese literature and worked for a literary magazine called Nihonjin. Kyoshi was known to experiment with irregular numbers of syllables. In 1898 he managed the haiku magazine called Hototogisu which Shiki previously managed.

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