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Haiku Classic: Oct. 7, 2018

drawn by the cries

    of the winging wild geese

    the blind dog's gaze


    Kohjin Sakamoto (1929-). From "The Haiku Hundred" (1992) edited by James Kirkup, David Cobb, Peter Mortimer.

    This haiku delights the senses by first causing the reader to experience the sensation of movement, being drawn, and then hearing sounds -- the cries of something. Both movement and sound are imagined in the "winging" of the geese. Then, after the sensation of being deprived of vision through the word "blind," we perceive the scene in front the dog. The wild geese are escaping the winter, while the dog is bound by a leash to its master. One can sense a yearning for freedom in the way its gaze is drawn to the geese. Alliteration is also masterfully employed.

    Selected and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay

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