道はたに蔓草まとふ木槿哉     子規

 

michibata ni

tsurukusa matou

mukuge kana

 

 

by the roadside

creepers entwine

a rose of Sharon

 

Season word: rose of Sharon (木槿
mukuge), autumn

Composed by Masaoka Shiki in 1895, at age 28. Born

in Matsuyama, Shiki is credited with making haiku a

respected literary form.

 

 

 

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Trans.: The Shiki Museum English Volunteers