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Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1


Haiku ~ Richard Titus


viewing the leaves  
old women Virgin of the Rocks
in heavy makeup National Gallery guards
  discuss their pensions
a dark night  
for the moon January rain
this dogwood blossom on mourning doves
  fleas burrow deeply
the wind  
drops a flower petal  
into the ocean  

Richard Titus writes: “At the time that I studied architecture at Harvard and MIT there was great enthusiasm for things Japanese. Besides looking at and reading about Japanese buildings, interiors, and paintings, many of us read about Zen and tried to understand it. Some years later I encountered haiku and read many collections and commentaries. This was followed by my attempts to capture certain experiences in 17 +/- syllables. Boxes were filled with 3 x 5 cards. Lately I've been trying to find the wheat, if any, while continuing to add to the chaff."

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