Ah, Kiyotaki!

The Kiyotaki Stream is famed for Basho’s 清滝や波に散り込む青松葉 haiku, which he finished on his deathbed in Osaka in 1694 (Ah, Kiyotaki! / Scattered into your current’s swirls / Green pine needles). Four Hailstone poets joined People Together for Mt. Ogura volunteers for an enjoyable picnic & swim event on 18 Aug.  Several haiku were composed, amongst which:
lying in the current
the summer heat is streamed away —
ah, Kiyotaki!
. (Akira)


water flame?
a flickering current reflects
green leaves
. (Shigeko)
Cool mountain stream:
The dipper’s pool, usurped
For our midday swim
. (Tito)
…… *dipper = かわがらす


N.B. There are 2 new haiku from the event given in the Comments below

3 Responses to “Ah, Kiyotaki!”

  1. Akira Kibi Says:

    This visit to Kiyotaki was a moment of coolness sandwiched between unbearable heat of summer of 2013. We were given a break in which we could breathe and come up with poems, which is a very rare event in our daily life, at least for me. One of the partcipants, Akira.

  2. Thank you for transporting me!

  3. Two late offerings by participants at this event came in this week:

    Poets swim / While frogs hide in sheer rocks – / Ah, Kiyotaki!
    (Haruka Hasaba)

    At Kiyotaki / In the muted summer heat … / A flipflop escapes / Downstream
    (Tom West)

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