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Saturday, January 29, 2011

old moon

old moon
another friend
has died

Shiki Kukai, January 2011


Blogger John McDonald said...

sad one Bill

12:31 AM  
Blogger Marcel Peltier. said...

Simple, mais profond. Mes condoléances.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thsnks, John and Marcel. I'm at an age when news of old friends' deaths comes all too often.

"old moon," by the way, is a traditional English name for the full moon of January. It can also refer to the moon that appears as a waning crescent at the end of the lunar cycle, to be followed by – you guessed it - the new moon.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

old moon/new moon; there is, intended or not, an intimated theory of death as transition in your haiku; have a blessed Sunday Bill; much love gillena

11:55 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Gillena. I was thinking of the second meaning of "old moon" as placing old age, decline, and death in a cyclical context: Held in the old is the promise of the new. But your "transition" is a welcome additional layer. The fact that, in our calendar, the "old moon" is the first full moon of the new year points in similar directions.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Marcel Peltier. said...

Je trouve ce haïku particulièrement profond, c'est pourquoi je me suis permis de le reproduire dans mon blog à côté de ceux d'autres auteurs.

Merci pour l'explication du kigo.

2:48 AM  

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