A Twist on Buson
There on my Buddha-bell, sound asleep,
a fearsome wasp!
Buson’s original has, asleep on the temple bell, a butterfly.
I came up with this little haiku a few days ago, while sitting in casual clear-mind on our porch next to my hanging bell (which has a rich, resonant and long-lasting sound), when I noticed a wasp had settled on it, and remained still for (it seemed) quite some time.
This “sequel” is a bit more in Issa’s style perhaps:
Fearsome wasp on my Buddha-bell,
I’m going to wake you up now!
The “spirituality” here? Depends on what metaphors one might find. The haiku itself discloses no particular “meaning”—that can only arise in engagement by the mind of a reader.