Jennifer Hambrick (U.S.A.)

the hole
where the crocus was
tiny coffin

Comment: a poem focused on the (missing) crocus (kurokkasu クロッカス) in line 2, a flower that represents the beginning of the spring season and therefore a ‘new life’; but this flower has been uprooted and prematurely taken away from this world, just like the child in the last ku 句, creating an emotional context that leaves a lasting mark (the ‘hole’ or ana 穴 in line 1) in the reader’s mind. A haiku that brings a sense of fragility (shiori しをり) and inexplicable depth (yūgen 幽玄).

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