of a koala pissing
a three-foot stick
in the mouth of the dog
he swallowed it!
“Get a three–foot child to write haiku.” Carpe Diem #425, Daiko-ji (temple 67) When I first read this quote by Basho I thought that the child must have three feet. No, that’s not what he meant. He meant keep it simple. Simple in the words, and in the (in)sight that gives rise to the haiku.
Actually, regarding the koala, there was an aluminium ladder leaning on the tree below him and the piss was dropping on it, amplifying the sound.