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  • Celia Jenkins

NaPoWriMo 2017 Haiku 575 - Day Five

Picture I took 2 years ago (before the earthquake) of Kumamoto castle with cherry blossoms

Day five of NaPoWriMo, surprised by how many I managed to write today. We had a hard morning of work and aside from a few scribbles when I first woke up, I didn't do much writing early in the day. But then I had a few moments for reading and so flicked through The Classic Tradition of Haiku, a wonderful collection of translated haiku which always inspire me. So in the end, I didn't do too badly. Here they are.


quiet morning light

cutting air, springtime old house

mobile phone goes off


cold farmyard outhouse

birds tweeting while I'm shitting,

who sings while they shit?


and on viewing all

which blossoms in the park do

your eyes return to?


turning autumn leaves

so beautiful before death

pink of babies cheek


then having fallen

do blossoms regret their flight?

cold, the evening ground


the sun sets first for

the birds up in the tree, yet

down here, oh lament


flyaway tendrils

the spring breeze undoes my hair

teasing fingertips

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