Haiku – Luca’s Lily Pad


tarot reading
the chattering
of magpies

Martha Magenta

Luca Cenisi’s Comment: This haiku strikes for its incisive juxtaposition between the two parts. There’s no cutting mark (kireji 切れ字); still, the switch from a deeply human (and esoteric) moment (the ‘tarot reading’) and a simple, natural one (the voice of magpies) is pretty clear, nearing the overall scene to what is called fueki ryūkō 不易流行, i.e. the connection between ‘immutability’ and ‘contingency’. The poem also emphasizes the transition from the silence required by the gypsy and the noisy assembly of birds outside.

Luca’s Lily Pad, a weekly column – My Haiku Pond, 26 November 2018




About Martha Magenta

Martha Magenta is an award-winning haiku poet living in Bristol, England, UK. She has a passion for herbalism, gardening, veganism, animal rights, Earth and the environment. She has worked for ActionAid, and Friends of the Earth. Her poetry, haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded first, second and third prizes and Honourable Mentions in contests for haiku, tanka and haibun in 2017 - 2019. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017 and 2018. She collects her published work on a blog: https://marthamagenta.com/
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