Giboshi: Twice in the Garden
I cross an arched bridge to reach the Kurimoto Garden bell tower. It's here I plan an escape from the hot sun and crowded, noisy pathways.
The tower has a black ornament on the top, called a giboshi that is said to represent the top of a Buddha's head.
Sitting next to the 1500-pound bell, I read Buson:
on the one-ton temple bell
folded into sleep
Eyes closed, my hand becomes the moth, fingers antennae, exploring the etched surface . . . settling . . . resting . . .
Footsteps, a child's voice, Mom, can I? Please, can I? Let me, please!
A clinking of chains as the massive wooden clapper is pulled back and released.
The baritone "goooooong" fills my chest, sings in me . . .
moon moth –
into the garden
from deep within
a stone lantern –
* The haiku in the text is my rendition of a translation of Buson's haiku by X.J. Kennedy. The version on the image is X.J. Kennedy's unmodified translation.
Revision of a haibun published in Haibun Today, Thursday, January 29, 2009.
The haiga image is from my photograph of the Kurimoto Garden's bell tower and an image of a moon moth.