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Speaks

yagate shinu keshiki wa miezu semi no koe Of its approaching death The cicada speaks Not a word ~Matsuo Bashō, translated by Hart Larrabee, from Haiku: Classic Japanese Short Poems © 2016 Does Bashō think the cicadas are frivolous, or does he admire their ability to live solely in the moment? We don’t know.  Because …

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And now, for something completely different…

I’m re-reading I Wait for the Moon:  100 Haiku of Momoko Kuroda, ©2014 by Abigail Friedman.  It does a wonderful job of placing the haiku in context and providing supporting details not generally known in the West.  The commentary really makes the haiku come alive, making it much more rich and colorful. These two little …

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Sorrow

Draw & Wings is on the web HERE.

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Do Not Apply

I found this haiku on a xeroxed sheet tucked inside a book I bought from a charity sale, so I have no idea who the author is.  Pity, because I really like it: I think for myself. The warning signs do not apply to an immortal.

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Noisy

Sometimes silence is An act of revolution In a noisy world. ~Marilyn Cox (source)

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Happy New Year

Trusting the Buddha, good and bad, I bid farewell To the departing year. ~Kobayashi Issa

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Brevity

Another excerpt by Billy Collins from his introduction  to Haiku in English, edited by Jim Kacian, ©2013: Haiku is both easy and impossible to define.  One can merely use dictionary language to say that a haiku is a short poem, usually in three lines, that uses natural imagery to evoke a feeling or mood.  But …

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Was Here

Billy Collins writes of haiku in the introduction to Haiku in English, edited by Jim Kacian, ©2013: Many people don’t get haiku.  They typically ask what the big deal is about a frog leaping into a pond or a piece of green pepper falling off a salad bowl.  So what indeed?  Maybe the best answer …

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