WORLD-WIDE WHC SHIKI HAIKU POEMS CONTEST 2001
cuckoo’s voice in the back
of his throat
this draws inspiration from Shiki’s 5th grade poem , “cuckoo cries as if it coughed up blood” and how he actually wrote of his own later health problems.
Other Excellent Poem
eleven autumn leaves part
from their maple
Regarding Shiki’s last homecoming/farewell party, and his last works in Matsuyama; autumn leaves being his colleagues, and Shiki himself, the tree.