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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3


Shisan: White Clover


evening breeze—
the little girl in me
picks white clover


late spring (white clover)

a swallow weaves
through the thick scent of sea

tateshi  late spring (swallow)

a victory seeker
in such silence which starts

* * * * * * * *

eensy weensy spider
avoids the waterspout


summer (spider)

blushed to see me
a kappa-couple
in their wet embrace

yoshiko  summer (kappa in water)

as if in a dream
the ascent to a grand view

* * * * * * * *

soldiers left with a bright moon
after the lost-battle


 autumn, moon (moon)

telegraph poles walk
the middle of a long night

eiko  autumn (nights lengthen)

homemade tortillas
and a table laden with
bowls of stuffings

* * * * * * * *

'Obrigado Zico!
viewers in unison


“Sakura in bloom,”
the news from the south isle
on Old New Year Day

kikuyo  new year, blossom (specified)

who plays the samisen...
I sip winter sake

tateshi  winter (specified)

Composition started on May 23, 2005 and completed on June 24, 2005.

kappa: mythological water spirits/creatures
Shizugatake: the mountainous site of a vital battle near lake Biwa in 1583
Zico: coach of the Japan national soccer team

Authors: Kris Kondo, Kikuyo Sugiura, Tateshi Tsukamoto, Yoshiko Uchiyama, Eiko Yachimoto (sabaki)

Related items in this issue of Simply Haiku:
~ Shisan: White Clover (Japanese version)

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