Haibun by Toshiro Takeshita
Light Of My Life
Since my wife died, the night is the hardest time. As with most families, night time is the time for family to be together, share stories of the day's happenings, or just to spend quality time together. Now my nights are long and lonely. Though I have friends, no one can take the place of my beloved. Many nights I just sit in the dark and remember her.
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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