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Adventures in Haiku April 8, 2010

Posted by Elisa Hough in Language, Other Arts.
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Today we went to a haiku class at the Yonabaru community center. The woman we’re staying with, Miyuki-san, helps conduct these classes and has traveled all over the world studying haiku. So here’s what I wrote today:

となき しま
うみわ しあわせ
なにも いない

“Life goes on. Fuck it.”
No regrets, no funeral.
“Let’s eat a sandwich.”

お-はな さく
そして はる わく

あかに なる
なつ ばかな がか
やけてる よ

Tonaki Island
The ocean is lucky/perfect/totally satisfying
Nothing stays

Flowers flower
Then spring springs
Special delivery

All is becoming red
Summer is a stupid painter
You’re getting sunburned, yo

I also had a hell of a time trying to explain to the class in Japanese the meaning of this haiku I wrote for my high school French class about an old train yard in my neighborhood, the future site of Curtis Park Village:

Beauté et magique
Champs de gaspillage toxique
Perdu rêves et plombe

Beauty and magic
Field of toxic waste
Lost dreams and lead

I will let Jojo update with his own haikus tomorrow!



1. Josh Fernandez - April 8, 2010

Those are all fucking radical!

2. okidu - April 8, 2010

Hayaku haiku
nanaju ‘syllables’ wa

3. Saya - April 8, 2010

Is that a lyric of Tonaki song?
sounds a little bit funny!!
Thank you for the birthday message!! So happy to hear from you and also happy that you have enjoyed Okinawa life!!

Elisa - April 12, 2010

No, not a lyric of the Tonaki song… yet! Maybe we need to walk out on a seawall in the dark again and re-record it.

Do you have Kinjo-san’s email address? We would like to hang out with you guys again during our last month here!

4. Morgan - April 13, 2010

When I am not lurking on craigslist haiku hotel…

Sonically I
Listen to quiet hum of

Overcast shadows
Clouds passing by slowly
It is not raining today

Pear and cherry trees
Blossoms drift fluttering to
My car windshield

5. Morgan - April 13, 2010

PS nice tie in to CP toxic waste site…was that Monsieur Robbins class? I had that goofy Mormon!

Elisa - April 13, 2010

Thanks. I had that goofy Mormon for two years too, and continued Allan’s tradition of trying to make him uncomfortable by doing all paired skits as a lesbian couple.

That one was for M. Henson, however.

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