Oriori no Uta : Poems for All Seasons

Dog’s fleas

jump off

into the cold sand

Saitō Sanki

From Kyō(Today,1952). Sanki was a popular haiku poet while alive, and even after his rather early death at the age of 61, in 1962, he has continued to attract many devoted readers. The delightful flavor of his autobiographical writings is one reason for his popularity, but his haiku are uneven in quality. It is not unusual to find a commonplace poem sitting insouciantly next to an inspired one. This poem dates from just after the end of World War ll. It must be a mixture of reality and fantasy; it is chilly and funny. One of Sanki’s best poems from this period.

犬の蚤inu no nomi寒き砂丘にsamuki sakyuu ni跳び出せりtobidaseri

西東三鬼(Saitō Sanki)

『今日』(昭和二)所収。三鬼は生前も人気俳人だったが、昭和三十七年六十一歳でのいささか早すぎた死の後も、多くの愛読者を持っている。自伝風な文章に絶妙の味があるのも人気の一因だが、俳句のほうはムラのある作者だった。秀作・凡作平然と同居している場合が少なくない。これは戦後まもないころの作。実景と想像を混ぜ合わせた句だろうが、寒くて、おかしい。三鬼の当時の秀逸句の一つ。