Carpe Diem Special #145, Shida Yaba’s “no strength left”

The following haiku by Shida Yaba he wrote when he heard the news of Basho’s death (1694):

chikara na ya hiza o kakaete fuyugomori

no strength left –
I wrap my arms around my knees
in winter solitude

© Shida Yaba


My only brother died three days after his 13th birthday. He was diagnosed with leukemia one month earlier.

 at the graveside
I leave my heart
in autumn slumber


 leaves weep
my steps hollow
I walk alone