HAIKU July 2023

書に倦まばお堀の松を見て涼め       子規


sho ni umaba

ohori no matsu o

mite suzume



tired of reading?

look at the pine trees by the moat

and feel cool




Season word: cooling oneself (涼みsuzumi), summer

Composed by Masaoka Shiki in 1896, at age 29. Born

in Matsuyama, Shiki is credited with making haiku a

respected literary form.


*The ‘o‘ of ‘ohori‘ is an honorific.




Trans.: The Shiki Museum English Volunteers