These previously undiscovered classics by the haiku masters were first published in the Western world by the British haiku journal Presence, in issue #7, July 1998, page 8. They were discovered in June of 1996 by Michael Dylan Welch after a long evening of doing absolutely nothing.       +       +

Bashō:   drainage ditch—

the sound of my kazoo

falling in



Buson:   evening wind—

water laps the side

of my tin kazoo


Issa:   hey, dragonfly

that’s my kazoo

you’re resting on



Shiki:   summer river—

beside the bridge, the kazoo player

wades through water