WORLD-WIDE WHC SHIKI HAIKU POEMS CONTEST  2001

 

Second Place

 

blood moon

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

 

an’ya

last homecoming

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.