War haiku


Poets in wartime

Yasuhiko Shigemoto (Japan - Hiroshima)

Hiroshima-ki uo mo yakedo shi uki shi hi yo
Hiroshima Day --
when the fish also floated
with burst intestines

SPRING

Hibakuju ya kaki wa arata ni tsukuroware
A-bombed tree
enclosed with a fence
newly mended
Genbaku no domu ni komoru kasumi kana
In A-bomb Dome
mist staying
motionless
Hibakuju ya nisei no ko-no-me ide somuru
A-bombed tree --
second generation trees
are starting to bud
Koi-no-neko ya genbaku domu kake nukeshi
Cats in love
ran through A-bomb Dome
screaming

SUMMER

Bakushinchi heiwa no ike no mizusumashi
A-bomb blast centre
water-striders are swimming
on the Pond of Peace
Enten ya genbaku shikiten akago naku
The sun is blazing --
a baby crying bitter
in the A-bom rite
Hotaru tobu genbaku domu no yume o miru
Mysterious dream --
fireflies are flying about
in the A-bomb Dome
Genbaku no shikiten kokage nadowa naku
A-bomb ceremony
there is no trees' shade
anywhere

AUTUMN

Genbaku no domu no naka mo ryoya kana
O the full-moon light --
flooding the interior
of the A-bomb Dome
Hibakuju no ko-no-mi o hirou kodomo kana
A-bombed tree --
children picking up
the fallen nuts
Chichi haha no ryuto kata yose hanare zaru
Father and mother
their lit paper lanterns floating
side by side
Gennbaku no domu taizen taifu-ka
A-bomb Dome
standing calmy as it was
ather the typhoon

WINTER

Shimogakoi saruru kinenju bakushinchi
Memorial trees
all protected from the frost
A-bomb blast centre
Orizuru ni hatsuhi sashikuru genbaku-hi
New Year's first sunshine
on folded paper cranes at
A-bomb monument
Yami ni tatsu genbaku domu no seiya kana
Christmas Eve --
A-bomb standing
in the dark
Hibakuju mo kareki no nakama bakushinchi
A-bomb blast centre
the A-bombeb tree is also
among the leafless

WATASHI NO HIROSHIMA HAIKU II / MY HAIKU OF HIROSHIMA II, by Yasuhiko
Shigemoto. Hiroshima: Keisuisha, 99 pp., 2005, 857 yen (paper).

ISBN 4-87440-886-9

68 haiku

Contact : haiku@fureai-ch.ne.jp

Yasuhiko Shigemoto
18 Nabara Kabe-machi
Asakita-ku, Hiroshima 731-0215
Japan

Review of his book by David Burleigh quoted in Gabi Greve's pages:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/1865

http://www.fureai-ch.ne.jp/~haiku/



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My Haiku of Hiroshima (1995)

Copyright Yasuhiko Shigemoto, 2005