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Haiku by Toshiro Takeshita

preparing
for another year--         
cherry tree

 

Christmas tree
now back in the box--         
another year

 

snow plow
finally clears the road. . .
and buries the cars

 

freezing morn--
dancing to the rhythm
of my teeth

 

lying awake
this winter night--
the silence

 

watching children
sled over the hill--
how old I am

 

meditation-
my bladder hears
the temple bell


Toshiro Takeshita is a Japanese poet living in America. He was born in Sakai City, Osaka but was brought up in Orlando, Florida where he still lives. He has a long career as a poet, writing haiku, tanka, senryu and haibun, for over forty years.

During that time, he has belonged to many literary circles. He has closely studied all the major haiku masters from the beginning to modern times. He especially likes the work of Taneda Santoka.

His current memberships include the World Haiku Club, Evergreen English Haiku Society, MIFA international Haiku Circle, HaikuOz, and the Dragon Haijin.


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