11 thoughts on “(commencement)

  1. Love the haiku, and how you get away with such a long word in the first line. πŸ˜‰

    The image is fantastic! I couldn’t quite make out the artist’s name, but I love it!


  2. If you click on the image, Alan, you can see a much larger version. The artist is Charles Livingston Bull and this is an illustration from a 1902 book called “Beautiful Joe’s Paradise” which I am dying to see…


    … not least because this image reminds me so powerfully of Kaneko Tohta’s haiku “ookami ni…” (a wolf/one firefly clinging to it) and of Kuniharu-san’s haiga of this haiku:


    I really, really want to know what is going on in this story and why the wolves are covered with fireflies.

    • Yep, I clicked onto the image, and then clicked again, maybe just my eyesight. πŸ˜‰

      Yep again, got the allusion to Tohta Kaneko, my all time top haiku writer. πŸ˜‰


    • That’s a great one, Sully. I think it’s in Stan Forrester’s firefly anthology — is that where you saw it? If you haven’t seen that book yet, you’d love it.

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