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Friday, June 06, 2008


a jazzman's trumpet
aims at the stars
(Shiki kukai, May, 2008)


Blogger Tikkis said...

A distant voice --
a servant polishing
his master's trumpet

12:42 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Hey, tikkis. A real trumpeter wouldn't let anybody touch his horn.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Masago said...

Thumbs up!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

Bill, Yeah; first of all I had Mr Duke in my mind, and Harlem. When Mr Duke was younger he didn't have a servant, but afterwards, perhaps in a Museum?

Ps: Duke Ellington; "he played the piano but his real instrument was the Orchestra."

Ps 2: Something in Finnish:

1:01 AM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

line 3 ("aims at") is very interesting!

(i had to use the dictionary... -- blush...)

best wishes,

8:31 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Vaughn.

Angelika, that's what dictionaries are for.

Tikkis, some of our jazz musicians are certainly musical royalty.

9:09 AM  
Blogger polona said...

wow, i love it. but for me, it's the kind of haiku that doesn't work immediately but becomes better with every reading.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for reading it more than once, polona. The literal image is of the bell of the horn raised as the musician reaches for a high note, probably (midsummer) at a concert under the stars. Everything else is built on that.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

I like it!

10:46 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Gautami.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous GINA said...

again ... masterly ...

i didnt know they called that part of the instrument a bell .. the poem captures the whole concert for me (been there !) ... luverly piece >>> Gina

7:58 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks a lot, Gina, a very gratifying comment.

9:40 PM  
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6:15 AM  

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