Haiku May 2021


trying to cut
that white lotus
beyond reach
                     Masaoka Shiki

kiran to su
byakuren ni te no
todokazaru
Matsuyama International Center

[Haiku on the front cover]
Season word: white lotus (byakuren), summer

Composed by Masaoka Shiki in 1900, at age 33. Born

in Matsuyama, Shiki is credited with making haiku a

respected literary form.
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Trans.: The Shiki Museum English Volunteers