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Haiku Classic: Oct. 20, 2019

joudan-to ii-tsutsu honne kusa mushiri

    --

    just joking

    they say as they speak their mind

    weeding the garden

    ---

    Kamo Masuda. From "Rose Mallow" (Fuyoh) (Issue 70, 2006).

    Perhaps the wife is pruning flowers while the husband is pulling weeds, or perhaps a young wife is pulling weeds while her mother-in-law looks on? Whichever of these it is, weeding the garden resonates well with the act of searching through possible words to say in order to convey one's message without offending another person. A true thought portrayed as a jest, and the subjective act of deciding which plants are weeds and which are ones that should be kept -- these also resonate well.

    Selected, translated and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay

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