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Iguanas

Ever since we watched a featured program on the Galapagos Islands on TV, my wife's had a liking for iguanas there. It's not that she likes iguanas, or reptiles in general, but somehow she got to like the ones on the Galapagos. Yes, on the Galapagos. The iguanas on the Ga-la-pa-gos! She insists we go there to meet them. Hm...it's not bad, perhaps, but I'd rather see Tama-chan.

Where are the Galapagos Islands anyway? ... Oh, they belong to Ecuador?! Hola! Speaking of South America, I want to visit Easter Island some day and see the mysterious giant statues. Easter Island sounds so remote and isolated to me that I can't feel it is there as a real one. Exotic and mysterious and, in a sense, extraterrestrial.

So, visiting the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island has been in our future, kinda, would-be, *uncertain* travel plans anyway.

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Talk of Easter Island makes me remember a haiku by Ban'ya Natsuishi. Have you heard of him? I'd first heard of him as an "avant-garde" writer, then later as "post-avant-garde". He's been trying to help retool haiku into a more global cultural expression. Many in the English-language haiku world, however, do not approve of or understand his work. I'm more sympathetic. Here's his Easter Island haiku, from _A Future Waterfall; 100 Haiku from the Japanese_, Stephen Henry Gill, et al., Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 1999, p. 46....

Tsuyu no kyoseki no retsu no matsubi e ayumunari

To the tail-end
of the row of dewy monoliths
I walk

...About iguanas, when I was a child, we'd had almost any kind of pet one could reasonably expect to be available to children at that time. That includes two 4 ft. iguanas. We kept them in a very large aquarium tank, and would have to clean the tank regularly, of course. On cleaning day, we'd let these two have the run of the house, then spend literally half the day trying to catch them! Iguanas are excellent climbers of living room drapes.

MNW

Here's the more accurate citation for Ban'ya's book....

_A Future Waterfall; 100 Haiku from the Japanese_, Ban'ya Natsuishi; Stephen Henry Gill, Jim Kacian, Susumu Takiguchi, Alain Kervern, Paul Rossiter, Ion Condrescu, trs.; Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 1999; p. 46.

MNW

Oh, you've had iguanas! Great.

I didn't know about Natsuishi. Actually, I have little, if any, knowledge about the haiku world. So I searched the Net and learned he is a leading haiku writer in Japan.

I have the impression that Japanese haiku in general are hard to comprehend or appreciate, and I tend to have "So what?" moments, which is why I haven't been interested in them. But, honestly, I've found your English haiku are very interesting.

I forgot to write this yesterday:

When I first read the romanized Japanese of Natsuishi's haiku you showed here, I couldn't get the meaning very well. Then reading the English translation, I thought, "Aha!", though I don't think I understand the depth of this haiku. I found it interesting that "Kanji" play such an important part in Japanese haiku.

I think Natsuishi's attempt is interesting. The way one feels about a certain place in the world must be different from person to person.

Hi, Kiyo-san.

We spent a nice few days on Bintan Island last weekend. There, when playing golf, we saw a wild iguana crossing by the golf course! It was the first time I saw any of its kind. So if you don't feel like travelling as far as Easter Island, just bring your wife to Indonesia!(and play golf)

Good you had a nice trip! Yeah, I want to see iguanas there. But we don't play golf!

Hi, I happened to view this bulletin board.
There is a homepage where Natsuishi's haiku can be viewed in visual form, haiga. The URL is;

http://www.mahoroba.ne.jp/~kuni/haiga_gallery/pg1.html

Just for your information.

kuni

Hi, I happened to view this bulletin board.
There is a homepage where Natsuishi's haiku can be viewed in visual form, haiga. The URL is;

http://www.mahoroba.ne.jp/~kuni/haiga_gallery/pg1.html

Just for your information.

kuni