the last snow…
each and every goodbye
Comment: a piece of work endowed with a deep sense of humanity (ninjō 人情), where each falling snowflake represents a parting. The ‘s’ sound in the first line induces a subtle (hosoi 細い) and roughly sketched suggestion in the reader’s mind; it is then prolonged by the ellipsis, which serves both as a cut (kire 切れ) and trait d’union for the two parts of the poem. Finally, this haiku is also characterised by a sense of fragility (shiori しをり) and sensitivity (aware 哀れ).