Archive for March, 2009

Haiga sensei’s haibun

Posted in Haibun, Haiga, Spring on March 21, 2009 by Tito

The Bush Warbler

by Tsuchi-no-ko

It was still quite cold, but at eleven in the morning on the twenty-first of February this year, a bush warbler appeared. I watched in silence. It flew down to the old deutzia clump … then to just beside the boiler for the bath … on to the nandin bush … and around the square drainage sump – all places where little insects might be had.

I had some cheese which I pinched out a little of, every now and then, and made into rounded pellets. These I set outside.

Somehow or other, all this filled me with glee.


ura niwa ni  uguisu yatte  kite-kureta

……….Into the back garden

……….… a bush warbler has

……………….deigned to come.

(trans. from the Japanese by SHG)


Saint Patrick’s Day!

Posted in Spring, Uncategorized on March 18, 2009 by Ellis


We bellow it
out the window–
“Oh Danny Boy…”


Posted in Haipho, Winter on March 15, 2009 by Hisashi Miyazaki

A night market Tai-pei

(Night market in Taipei)

to us, lazy men,

in the Tao temple

a tremendous winter thunderclap

(Jan. ’09)

Kamogawa musings

Posted in Haiku, Spring, Winter on March 10, 2009 by John Dougill

I’d forgotten
The bright beauty of  ‘boke’ –
Storm clouds dispersing


Watching me
The slender black cormorant:
Winter’s last gasp


Yukiyanagi –
On your sprawling branches
First touch of spring snow


Posted in Haiku, Winter on March 6, 2009 by Gerald

a simple crutch

for this frail

plum treeー

cold rain

Feeding Frenzy

Posted in Spring, Uncategorized on March 5, 2009 by John Dougill


Ducks tussle with egrets
Swooping hawks, crafty crows,
But the seagulls? Gone.