© 2017 by Celia Jenkins

NaPoWriMo 2017 Haiku 575 - Day Fourteen

April 14, 2017

Was having quite a lethargic afternoon after a tiring morning, feeling like I wouldn't really get any haiku done, and then WHAM. A mixed bag today - I was reading some haiku online, mixed themes, so some random inspiration from that. Also, today is the one year anniversary since the first of the Kumamoto earthquakes (the first one was on a Thursday evening, just as I was leaving the supermarket) so I've been thinking about that today, about my old students, etc. And then of course some naturey ones because I've been doing farming work today, so lots of time out and about. Some pictures from the last few days, mostly in Hiroshima.


when they made their nest
did the birds know that it would
end up on the ground


autumn's tree disrobed
cloaked or shivering in snow?
blessing or white curse?


pirates conundrum - 
does the mark of wooden leg
count as a footprint?


Miyajima port
tourists pet and feed the deer
as they lick their balls


a year to the day
earthquake shook us from our bed
who were we back then?


thinking back one year
my last class, the last student
before the earthquake


I was in the mall
laden down with random things
when the earthquake stuck


in the first tremors
only dust brought down, no more,
shocking for spiders


having left that aisle
wine and glass flooded the floor
in the earthquake's grip


Nanako, girl, 12,
riding home after our class,
earthquake knocked her down


Teacher Janes' Museum
one year ago, still standing
my heartbreak from quake


quiet beach side house
window looking out to sea
dreams floating away


thinking of my friend
who liked making things with beads
incense smoke drifts on


fierce old gust of wind
multitude of blossoms fall
flour, sieve, tumbling 







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