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revise Basho's "a midday nap"

a midday nap
putting the feet against the wall
it feels cool

(c) Basho (translation by  R.H. Blyth)

this coolness …
my feet rested on the wall… 15 more words


A Poem-a-Week (April 18th)


Yorohi nagara no hi ni ataru nari

Warriors prepare for battle in the campfire light

This stanza seems to be totally random. In the first few stanzas there are images like the coming of spring, cherry blossoms, spring mists, and then suddenly this image of a warrior dressing for battle.  334 more words


poem twenty: a change is as good as a rest

Above our heads the
sky in a grey cloak of clouds
reminds us we must come
home to truth. You and
I forget ourselves. I have to go… 152 more words


Haiku Police Department

A haiku is what a happens at a certain place at a certain time, said Basho. The Haiku Police Department agrees (Old Pond Comics

Old Pond Comics

Four Haiku

Tilling the field,

He wipes his snotty hand

On the plum-flowers.


The mud-snail

Crawls two or three feet,—

And the day is over. 38 more words


Nothing Lasts

Nothing in the cry
of cicadas suggests they
are about to die

- Basho


A [SPRING] Poem-a-Week (April 11)

I’m posting this a few days later than I intended to–classes started last week and I was just too busy. Since I missed my “one post per week” quota, WordPress started sending me nasty e-mails and calling me at work. 353 more words