Lakshmi Iyer (India)

waning moon
I fall into
my memories

Comment: a haiku with a convincing, unmarked juxtaposition which ties an intimate situation in the poet’s life to a classic natural element such as the ‘waning moon’ (kagengetsu 下弦月). The ‘fall’ in line 2 is thus associated with the gradual tapering of the satellite, making this passage of time even more tangible. A poem with a subdued taste (wabi 侘) that unifies setting and emotions (keijō itchi 景情一致) under the aegis of yūgen 幽玄.

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