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Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
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Winter 2009, vol 7 no 4
 

HAIKU
 

Assemblage 3: its whisper

 

cave drawing
tides change
its whisper
 
   
  Washington Monument
    still there on its southern wall
the panhandler's shadow
   
Bird-of-Paradise –
dewdrops
on a spider's web
 
   
  spring marathon walk on stilts walkman on still
 
mardi gras greed in fox mask for flax seed dumplings
   
  this morning I am longer than the sunrise
   
birth spot on my back
my mother stole a carrot
with me in her womb     (*)
 
   
  into a steel pail wetness whitely jet
        ting out of pink teats
 
the hidden history in the wrinkles of my father's face  
   
  the sunshine ends here
or begins here —
old man dreaming
 
with one hard bite
of the apple's color,
waiting for autumn
 
   
  moon jellies
shimmering in the bay
twilit waves
 
heat lightning –
the soft sounds
of a mosquito
 
   
in the circle of fireflies my father adds new moons  
 
with a face
ready for it,
the medicine
 
   
  the voice of the reeds,
when the old man is quieted,
rambles on
 
hospital visit —
seeing my fear
in her eyes
 
   
  silkworm
choosing the white kimono
for her burial
 
in a nest  on a branch  in a pine  above  her tombstone  nothing  
   
  leaving my room
smoke of the blown-out candle
in winter sunlight
 
winter solstice
slowly my father's fingers trace
the wood grain
 
   
  deep midst the mountains
a disappearing sutra
visiting a grave

山中に消えゆるお経墓参り 
 

Authors (from the top): "cave drawing" Francis Attard; "Washington Monument" Ed Markowski; "Bird-of-Paradise" Francis Masat; "spring marathon...," "mardi gras..." Francis Attard; "this morning..." Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah; "birth spot..." (*) A Bulgarian superstition has it, a pregnant woman who steals a fruit or a vegetable from neighbor will beget a child with a birth spot in the form of the stolen item. Kalina Trendafilova; "into a steel pail" Peter Yovu; "the hidden history..." Dietmar Tauchner; "the sunshine ends here" Tyrone McDonald; "with one hard bite" Jeffrey Woodward; "moon jellies" Susan Constable; "heat lightning" Francis Masat; "in the circle..." Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah; "with a face," "the voice of the reeds" Jeffrey Woodward; "hospital visit" Susan Constable; "silkworm" Nora Wood; "in a nest..." Ed Markowski; "leaving my room" Michael Lindenhofer; "winter solstice" Wende DuFlon; "deep midst" Danny Blackwell (original in Japanese)