Ezio Infantino (Italy)

lunar eclipse–
a child hides
behind the skirt

Comment: a poem built on a convincing juxtaposition (toriawase 取り合わせ) that creates a simple but effective parallelism between a naturalistic event (the ‘lunar eclipse’ or gesshoku 月食) and a human reaction (the awe of a child hiding behind his/her mother’ skirt). The wit (okashimi おかしみ) and lightness emerging from the last ku 句 wisely combine with the dark and mysterious charm of the eclipse, binding the whole scene to the aesthetics of yūgen 幽玄and fueki ryūkō 不易流行 (‘constancy and change’).

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