添竹の折れて地にふす瓜の花

soedake no

orete chi ni fusu

uri no hana

the bamboo pole broken

a cucumber flower

grazing the ground

Season word: cucumber flower (uri no hana), summer

Composed by Masaoka Shiki in 1888, at age 21

Born in Matsuyama, Shiki is credited with making haiku

a respected literary form.

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Trans. The Shiki Museum English Volunteers