Hototogisu (Nightingale)

Hototogisu

 

Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I was now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.”  Chuang Tzu, philosopher

Early one morning, I happened to be awake and heard a nightingale cuckcooing outside my window.  When I woke up, I thought maybe I had merely dreamed that I had heard the nightingale.  Chuang Tzu’s quote came to mind.  Later, I sat down and composed this haiku.  Hototogisu is the Japanese word for nightingale.  I carved the woodblock print of a nightingale to go along with it.

A copy can be purchased at KoyoDesigns.

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About poeticmeditations

A 19th-century romantic poet trying to get by in the 21st-century.
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