Archive for March 21, 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.

裏庭に鶯やって来てくれた

ura niwa ni  uguisu yatte  kite-kureta

……….Into the back garden

……….… a bush warbler has

……………….deigned to come.

(trans. from the Japanese by SHG)

tsuchi-no-ko-teaching-haiga

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