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Thursday, December 29, 2011

after: 24

the lanterns lit
this holiday eve
nobody around

after Hosai (1885-1926)


Blogger Monika said...

Il est un peu triste, ce haïku de Hosai...touchant, Bill !

11:37 AM  
Blogger Chen-ou Liu, 劉鎮歐 said...


Emotionally poignant poem. Its pathos reminds me of Hosai’s haiku below

Tomorrow is New Year’s Day
only Buddha and I will greet it
in this lonely hut


6:26 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

thank you, Monika.

Yes, chen-ou, Hosai is one of the great poets of loneliness.

6:21 AM  
Blogger HaikuKelly said...

I had a similar insight over the holiday weekend. So many twinkling Christmas lights strung outside homes. So few cars on the streets.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

thanks for sharing your experience, kelly (and/or alison)

8:00 PM  

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