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Summer 2005, vol 3 no 2


Haiku ~ Patrick Sweeney


sulphur baths . . .  
a rice cake before  
every yellow-toed Buddha  
  trimmed bamboo
  does it fill up
in the cold rain
rice field scarecrow  
the only one who dresses  
  Hazy moon:
  it's been six weeks
  since my last confession
misty rain . . .  
aura 'round  
a lump of goat dung  

Patrick Sweeney is an elementary school teacher living in Misawa, Japan. Pat and his wife, Amy, have been married for twenty-three years. They have two children, Norah and Eamonn.

Patrick first learned about haiku at the Saint Francis College Library from a 25-cent "officially withdrawn" copy of Nancy Wilson Ross's East-West Anthology. Patrick is originally from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

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