summer wishes

Going deep,

I enter the pathway

of the god –

where transcendent, above all

in the wind of the pines. 

~Saigyo (S Carter, Haiku before Haiku)



Unable to sleep,

I gaze at the flowers of the bush clover,

as the dew forms on them from the long night,

till suddenly before dawn

they are scattered by the wind.

~Ise Tayu (K Rexroth & I Atsumi, The Burning Heart)



lost in thought

The colors of the flowers fade

as the long rains fall,

as lost in thought,

I grow older

~Ono No Komachi (K Rexroth & I Atsumi, The Burning Heart)


spring night dream

The floating bridge

of my spring night dream

has broken away

and lifting off a far peak – 

a cloudbank trailing in the sky.

~Fujiwara no Teika (S Carter, Haiku before Haiku)