12 June, 2013

See the Heavy Leaf

Snow on the Gate

see the heavy leaf
on the silent windless day
fall of its own will
-Nozawa Boncho

1 comment:

Hobbes said...

This haiku has an immediate magic, which causes me to feel both melancholy and happy. I have read it countless times over the years, and it still conveys the same touching sentiment, on each iteration.

The haiga is my own match of a pot from our garden that similarly means very much to me: I bought it when I was first starting at Oxford, and it now sits in my lab. This single leaf is the quiet focal point of the photograph, in a similar manner to that of Boncho's leaf.