don’t carry off

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don’t carry off

my haiku collection!

deer at my hut

–haiku by Kobayashi Issa (English translation by David G. Lanoue), illustrated with a cartoon by Jessica Tremblay (Old Pond Comics)

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Day 1 of the NaHaiWriMo challenge. The goal of the National Haiku Writing Month is to write one haiku a day. I decided to let Issa do the writing, and I’ll create one haiku-comic a day in February.

Michael Dylan Welch, the creator of the event, is providing inspiration with his daily prompt. The February 1 writing prompt was: “ HAIKU (write a serious haiku ABOUT haiku, which is hard to do well)”

I logged in to the Kobayashi Issa haiku database by David G. Lanoue on the HaikuGuy.com/issa website, typed “haiku” and found 11 haiku with the word “haiku” written by Issa.

I think I’ll make it my goal this month to illustrate lesser-known haiku by Kobayashi Issa (if the prompts allow it).

Enjoy!

Haidan (December 2016)

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Here’s the most recent Old Pond Comics published in Haidan (December 2016). I had the pleasure of illustrating twelve haiku this year to accompany articles by Emiko Miyashita published in Haidan issues from January to December 2016.

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Haidan (December 2016). Photo by Emiko Miyashita.

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warmth

tearing a sponge cake

the hand’s shape

  • Haiku by Eriko Tsugawa

Though it can never fly

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Though it can never

fly in the sky, put my wife

upon this carpet

  • Haiku by Michio Nakahara translated by James Kirkup from “Message from Butterfly”, cartoon by Old Pond Comics.

This cartoon was published in Haidan (November 2016) in Japan.

as nature withers

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as nature withers

light

when all has withered away

strenght

-Haiku by Momoko Kuroda translated by Abigail Friedman from I wait for the moon: 100 haiku by Momoko Kuroda

This comic was published (in a slightly different version) in Haidan, October 2016 issue:

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Haidan (October 2016 issue). Photo by Emiko Miyashita.