by Neal Whitman
I lay awake cold.
My left thumb rests on my chin
below chestnut moon.
Neal Whitman is a member of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society of San Jose and the Haiku Poets of Northern California. Though contemporaries vary the syllable count, he likes to stick to the traditional Japanese 5-7-5 structure.
Kingyo are Japanese words associated with each of the five seasons (New Years is considered its own season). In English, we call these words “kigo.” One autumn kigo is “chestnut moon.” The moon, not quite full, holds particular beauty.