changing of the robes –
deliberately I go to the neighbour
to hold her child
Shiba Sonome (Tr. Gabi Greve)
a paper lantern in hand
to illuminate her face
Kim M. Russell, 20th February 2019
In today’s episode we have a haiku by another classical haiku poet, Shiba Sonome (1664-1726), a female Japanese zen poet and acquaintance and friend of Matsuo Bashō.
This was a tricky haiku to work with as I wasn’t sure what it means.