It’s my hope that you’re enjoying these sumo haiku as much as I’m enjoying writing them, even if you’re not a part of a cross-over, niche world of readers who are both haiku and sumo fans. Whether you’re one of those or the other (or neither), I’m happy to introduce you to some of these combat athletes as they appear out in the world – in actual clothing, no less! (Pun not intended.)
Today is the third day of my Sumo Haiku project. Thursday will be the last TALC posting day of February. NaHaiWriMo will be over, my next post will consist of February Favorites, and then I have some newsy-news for you that I can’t wait to share!
If you haven’t seen it already, click here to read Sumo Haiku Day One with its introductory, explanatory opening text. I’ll go ahead and re-post the disclaimer part here, though:
[DISCLAIMER: In these haiku, you’ll read purely fictitious portrayals of the wrestlers, simple whims of my imagination as I considered each one. I actually know nothing of the inner lives and selves of these guys.]
I’ll introduce each haiku with the name and photo of the wrestler. The haiku about that wrestler will appear beneath his photo.
Have at it!
Sumo Haiku 3: Third (Ishiura, Ikioi, Sokokurai, Nishikigi)
(by Kristi Garboushian)
Self-conscious, he keeps
room for flexibility
in his bright jacket.
takes out-of-season fables
from spring libraries.
talent for dance instruction
willed to him at birth.
Goal for the new year:
enchant beasts of granite strength
with handfuls of stars.