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 marthamagenta

Martha Magenta lives in Bristol, England, UK. Her haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in a number of journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded Honourable Mentions for her haiku in The Fifth Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards, 2017, and the 71st Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest, 2017, and for her tanka in UHTS “Fleeting Words” Tanka Contest 2017. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017. https://marthamagenta.com/
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