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Haiku Classic: June 17, 2018

manikin no tekubi ni kirime shimokuren


    the store mannequin's

    wrists are slit! deep purple

    magnolia in bloom


    Aiko Chie (1976-) From "Selection Haijin Plus. Shinsen 21." Translated and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay

    If one looks closely at a store window dummy, one can see the slits around which the joints can be rotated. Normally one would need to be fairly close and look carefully to notice them, but in this haiku, the poet seems to have been struck suddenly by the presence of slits in the wrists. Perhaps thoughts of suicide were subconsciously on their mind and that drew their attention to the slit wrists on the model. The deep purple hue of the magnolia bloom, where most blooms are white, matches well with the imagined blood spilling from the mannequin's wounds. For some reason I imagine that the blooms have not yet opened and their full buds are about the diameter of a woman's wrist.

    Selected, translated and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay

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