Kyoshi Takahama’s ‘A Gold Bug’ – Haiku

Today at Carpe Diem Haiku, Kristjaan published Takahama’s ‘A Gold Bug’

くがね むし
なげうつ やみ の
ふかさ かな

Romaji Version-

kogane-mushi nageutsu yami no fukasa kana

English Version-

a gold bug –
I hurl into the darkness
and feeling the depth of night

After reading Takahama’s haiku, I was reminded of my ancestral home in Agra where I spent my childhood. Agra is a modern city but the parts I lived in was near the Air Force Station and due to some odd reason, we were not provided the luxury of electricity. But it was a delight to live without electricity, we had lanterns, candles, diyas (clay pot candles) and fireflies. As a poet and writer, I can say I had a lovely childhood with no electricity and a home that looked ancient. Of course, places like these gave birth to Haiku tales that I am proud of and one of them is here.

My take on Takahama’s ‘A Gold Bug’-

Last candle flickers
as my room turns black
fireflies glow

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6 responses to “Kyoshi Takahama’s ‘A Gold Bug’ – Haiku

  1. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your story! I agree, it seems a great place to birth some wonderful haiku–and the imagery of this one evokes such a warm, serene feeling. Nicely done!

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