Tag Archives: Haiku

A Cherry Hung with Snow…

Simply trust, Simply trust! Cherry blossoms in bloom                 Japanese haiku poet Kobayashi Issa It’s Japanese practice (as I understand it) to display each seasonal decoration, like this cherry blossom bonsai, a little in … Continue reading

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Spring in the Heart

Coming along the mountain path Somehow it tugs my heart Wild violet (trans. Lesley Downer) The mercury slunk down to – 12 Fahrenheit last night. Or thereabouts. At such low temperatures, what difference does it make? All is white, white, … Continue reading

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solitude– in a world of one color the sound of wind. Basho Can you hear it?

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From Ireland… and Stockbridge…

It’s been a long while — to be exact, since Christmas — since we heard from Berna, our Irish correspondent over in County Kildare. Here she is, walking again at Clongowes, in what’s becoming spring in Ireland, while we in … Continue reading

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Plum Blossoms

Only slight taste of it — Spring makes its Bronx debut With ume and orchids — Photo and Haiku (after Basho) by David Elpern In Shochikubai: Three Friends of Winter we met the pine, the bamboo, and the plum blossom (bai, or … Continue reading

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New Year’s: The Temple Bell

The temple bell stops — but the sound keeps coming out of the flowers. —–       Basho New Year’s is the most important holiday of the Japanese year. People return to their provincial hometowns, clean and purify their … Continue reading

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