These previously undiscovered classics by the haiku masters were first published in the Western world by the British haiku journal Presence, in issue #7, July 1998, page 8. They were discovered in June of 1996 by Michael Dylan Welch after a long evening of doing absolutely nothing.                    +                    +



                              Bashō:                  drainage ditch—

                                                              the sound of my kazoo

                                                              falling in



                              Buson:                  evening wind—

                                                              water laps the side

                                                              of my tin kazoo


                              Issa:                       hey, dragonfly

                                                              that’s my kazoo

                                                              you’re resting on



                              Shiki:                     summer river—

                                                              beside the bridge, the kazoo player

                                                              wades through water