Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
September-October 2004, vol. 2, no. 5

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  Junicho: Summer Dawn  





  summer dawn -
the tide laps
on sandcastle walls
  ancient mosses cling
to the cliff face
  shadows slowly fade
as I set out
for Sally Gap
  through the wormy thatch
an autumn breeze
  mushrooms magic
in deserted woods
  divining her man
with a shillelagh
  a ball of malt
before we try again



  children call
through densely falling snow
  out the aircraft window
a thousand miles
of wing
  patching over cracks
in this old mill
  the tulip fancier
for a daff
  sighting home
our ewes come into milk

Norman Darlington
09/08/2004 Knocknalour, Ireland


1 - shilleglagh: a stout wooden staff or club
2 - a ball of malt: a measure of whiskey
3 - acushla: 'beat of my heart', a term of endearment