turning 20...
she attempts to laugh
more elegantly

—Keiko Izawa
        

Twenty is the age considered as the beginning of adulthood in Japanese society.

About the author: I started composing haiku last year inspired by the work of my American penpal. Ever since I have encountered and been impressed by so many beautiful English language haiku made by poets from all around the world. I feel very happy and honored to know as a Japanese this poem that originated in Japan is loved this much in the world.

 

Responses to the haiku for 30 March 2007 by Keiko Izawa

  1.  
    Andrea (andrea dot cecon at gmail dot com)
    2007-03-30 00:42:23
     

    This haiku had quite an effect on me... very well done work, very japanese: thanks for sharing!

  2.  
    Bill Kenney
    2007-03-30 05:09:39
     

    Keiko, this makes me laugh quite inelegantly, but its strength is in its combination of humor and pathos.

  3.  
    elena
    2007-03-30 05:46:37
     

    Funny. Been there.

  4.  
    Alan Summers
    2007-03-30 06:37:23
     

    Another very individual haiku, and reminds me of Machi Tawara and her tanka.

    Now when is your book coming out? ;-)

  5.  
    Aurora
    2007-03-30 06:48:45
     

    Ditto Bill's comment. :)

  6.  
    Magyar
    2007-03-30 09:05:28
     

    _Ah... Keiko, so well pointed out, and such contrary truths in your words. From this side?

    turning 65
    I always laugh without...
    the red tape
    _M

  7.  
    chenn
    2007-03-30 11:06:10
     

    great haiku. loved it. thanx for sharing.

  8.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-03-30 13:31:51
     

    fifty...
    some snowy winters
    today's mint green leaves
    in autumn

  9.  
    il.balan
    2007-03-30 14:41:23
     

    hahahahaha!

    oh, oh, excuse me!

    ha ha ha

    Well done, Keiko.

  10.  
    judith Ingram
    2007-03-30 14:47:55
     

    I'm not trying to one-ups-men everyone,
    but . . .

    sometimes lonely
    still I laugh
    hug my memories
    at eighty

  11.  
    kala ramesh
    2007-03-30 20:43:32
     

    Hi Keiko,

    Truly enjoyed reading it!
    But why is everyone calling it a haiku ?
    I think it's a senryu?
    Of course not that it takes away any of the enjoyment either way!!!

    kala

  12.  
    Collin Barber
    2007-03-30 22:38:39
     

    Keiko,

    Great senryu! (for kala)

    I love your poetry, and I also enjoyed your Shiki winner this month.


    Collin

  13.  
    laryalee
    2007-03-31 20:19:58
     

    This is so delightful!
    A touch of humor, and very
    true-to-life...

  14.  
    ed markowski
    2009-03-25 14:44:18
     

    keiko,
    i thnik everyone misses your excellent haiku and senryu. this has always been my personal favorite. such an excellent excellent poem!
    ed

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