From Shiki Haikusphere

The following poems were all first published in Shiki Haikusphere (Matsuyama, Japan: Prinart / Okada Printing Co., 2007, page 38 to 41), an anthology celebrating the first ten years of the Shiki list (see its old website), an innovative and influential online haiku discussion list that debuted in July of 1994. I was an active participant on this list, and was one of ten poets invited to contribute to the anthology. I’m grateful to Kimiyo Tanaka for her translations. The poem “nude beach,” although previously unpublished, had received an honourable mention in the 2000 Haiku Poets of Northern California senryu contest. See also commentary by William J. Higginson on the first poem (which originally appeared with Arabic numerals instead of 十四五 for the Japanese).       + 

disinfectant jar— 殺菌壺

there must be 14 or 15 床屋の櫛

barber’s combs 十四五本もありぬべし



the waiter interrupts ウエイターが遮る

our argument on abortion 中絶についての口論

a choice of teas お茶は何に



moving day— 引っ越しの日

emptiness 子供部屋の

of the child’s room 空虚さ



nude beach— ヌードビーチ

the crowd around 死せる鯨を

the dead whale 囲む群衆



clouding sky 曇りゆく空

my finger 熊の足跡に

on the bear track 触れる指



falling leaves— 散りゆく葉

an oar drawn オール受けから

out of an oarlock はずされたオール



morning stillness . . . 朝の静寂. . .

first snow 初雪

on the tree-bound kite 木に引っかかった凧に



ten below zero— 零下10度

the thump of the tires タイヤの鈍い音

as we start off to church 教会へ出かけるとき



broken tennis racquet— 破れたテニスラケット

my aging father says 年老いた父は言う

he won’t replace it 買い換えないと



sorting dusty coins . . . 破れたテニスラケット

I save the ones 年老いた父は言う

from my birth year 買い換えないと