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Haiku Classic: Sept. 15, 2019

shinu toki-wa hashi oku you-ni kusa-no hana

    when dying

    as if laying your chopsticks down

    flowers in the grass


    OGAWA Keishuu (1961-). From "Yobirin" (Doorbell) (2012).

    There are so many different ways to die. Some happen so suddenly, like a car accident, where there would not even be time to react. In other cases, there can be a long struggle against an illness such as cancer. Would that one could die in a peaceful state of mind, such as at the end of one's meal, having placed the chopsticks together, in order, side by side, in front of one's plate before moving on.

    Selected, translated and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay

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