Thursday, 18 September 2008

Haiku of Richard Wright(64)

(photo) a well-brought-up cat

The cat's shining eyes
Are remarkably blue
Beside the jonquils.


the eyes of
the thief-cat
I glared at each other.

■Wright's expressions " remarkably blue" and " beside the jonquils"
are impressive to me. There is contrast between blue and yellow. In Hohsai's haiku Hohsai himself comes. It's humorous.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Haiku of Richard Wright(63)

(photo) confederate rose

Dewdrop joins dewdrop
Till a petal holds a pool
Reflecting its rose.


The graffiti on the wall
Of the toilet
Going into autumn.

■Wright's haiku is beautiful. Everybody has seen this scene somewhere, and could easily image this pond on a petal. However can it reflect its rose? What was reflected might be the colour of it, not its shape. On the other hand, Hohsai felt an autumn flavor in the graffiti on the wall of his toilet. This graffiti has something different from yesterday's owing to the changing sunlight and atmosphere. Once I read it, I was deeply impressed.

Haiku of Richard Wright(62)

(photo) her mobile phone

Naked to the sky,
A village without a name
In the setting sun.


I chase a horse
As fast as I can
In the setting sun.

■What attracted me most to the Wright's haiku is the phrase" Naked to the sky." The sky knows everything happening in the village during the day. The village is soon in the setting sun. And in it you chase a horse as fast as you can. "as fast as I can" is beautiful.