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Spring 2008, vol 6 no 1


Hiroko Malatesta


Easter morning—
children skip among the azaleas
in the cemetery
  opening day
her cold hands slimy
from brown trout
railroad tracks
a bear hitches a ride
to the unknown
  autumn dusk—
a buck hangs still
in the garage
autumn day—
venison stew warming
on the stove

Hiroko Morita Malatesta Hiroko Morita Malatesta lives near Seattle, Washington, and works in simultaneous interpretation. She has taught Japanese language, literature and culture at several universities. Her haiku in Japanese has appeared in the North American Post. Simply Haiku has inspired her to try writing haiku in English.