Great Spotted Woodpecker

Tapping Woodpeckers

Great Spotted Woodpecker

But for a woodpecker
tapping at a post, no sound
at all in the house

kitsutsuki no
hashira wo tataku
sumai kana

(from pg. 153, "The Essential Basho", translations by Sam Hamill, Shambhala Productions, 1998. ISBN: 1-57062-282-5)


Naia lives in Fallbrook, California, USA. She is a member of Haiku Society of America, Southern California Haiku Study Group, Tanka Society of America, Yuki Teikei Society, and belongs to numerous online haiku lists. Naia writes haiku, haibun, cinquain, haiga, and some tanka. Her work has been published in The Heron's Nest, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Acorn, Haiku Headlines, Autumn Leaves ejournal, World Haiku Review ejournal, "Jacaranda" anthology of the Southern California Haiku Study Group, "Haiku Society of America Anthology," "the loose thread: The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku 2001" by Jim Kacian, and the 2001 "Basho Festival Anthology."

A country girl at heart, Naia enjoys reading, gardening, grandparenting her two grandchildren, and sharing 2/3 acres of approximately 26 fruit trees with her husband, two golden retrievers, and a cat.

fourth month
a small green swell
under the plum blossom

-naia (Modern Haiku Vol. XXXII Nr. 3, Fall 2001)