sun’s peak

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1460 heat at zenith (hizakari)
Today’s classical kigo is taken from the sub-division “The Heavens” and is a kigo for late-summer. Today’s kigo is: heat at zenith (hizakari). This kigo points to the heat of the day as the sun is at its highest point. (Say around 12:00 PM).


Jizo, patron of children and travelers

In the sunlight
Jizō’s face *
Smiles brightly

* Stone statues of Jizō Bosatsu are often placed at crossroads or other places frequented by travelers. Jizō (Ksitigarbha) is the patron of children and travelers and is usually shown standing, holding a pilgrim’s staff in his right hand and a pearl in his left. His head is shaven, and he has a compassionate smile.

Hizakari naite mo warōte mo hitori.

In the heat of the day
Crying or laughing–
Only one.

© Santoka Taneda

the heat of the day
walking beneath the leaves of willows
ah! that coolness

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

underneath cool sheets
blinds drawn in mid-afternoon
out of sun peak time


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I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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