naviarhaiku526 – Turning around

Turning around,
I see my shadow
in the moonlight

by: Sumitaku Kenshin

(Tr. Nakaoka Naomi & Kurose Hiroko)

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The deadline for this challenge will coincide with the anniversary of Sumitaku Kenshin's death, so I thought it'd be appropriate to commemorate this remarkable poet with music from Naviar's community.

Sumitaku Kenshin was a haiku poet who practiced free-form haiku. He started writing poety after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and dedicated the last 2 years of his life to haiku, leaving 281 poems, mostly published by the free-form haiku magazine Kaishi.


Haiku by Sumitaku Kenshin

Picture by Marco Sebastiano Alessi

Join The Naviar Haiku Music Challenge

This haiku poem is part of the Naviar haiku music challenge, where artists are invited to make music in response to a weekly assigned haiku poem. Participation is free and there are no limitations in the songs’ length or genre.

You have seven days from the posting of this haiku to submit your track. For information on how to make a submission, visit the Naviar Haiku Music Challenge page.

Submission deadline: 7th February 2024

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