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Haiku and the Yearly Round

Summer | Autumn | Winter | Spring


Summer

Yellow straw bales
Cooling on the fields:

Winter flakes


An oak cluster
Already turning yellow:

July fifth


Wisteria's full green
Trailing blue orphans
Aging in the afternoon sun


Summer Heat

In the thicket of trees
The enormous black bull:
Balls and eyes hanging


Karen's Sunflower

Sunflower's face still
Nodding at Eleven

September


The sad-eyed man
At the Solar Fair
His arms full of sunflowers

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Daniel Marlin - Bay Field
Daniel Marlin - Bay Field Neponsit, New York

Autumn

A single leaf
Drifting:
Autumn


Starting the car:
Your moist mild dark
So long coming to morning
Autumn


To Eda At Nine

Overhead the sky flew westward
Half moon winked in the moving stream
I asked the air to where they're going
My breath followed in a cloud of steam


Lone cricket trilling
To the tinted moon:

Hallowe'en


The Professor

Campbell tells how to die
And just out the window
Brittle brown leaf waves


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autumn by Helen
Photo by Helen Buttfield

Winter


Praying for my mother
A moment silent
By the winter rose vines

Dedicated to Rose Cecelia Ray
April 21, 1914-April 13, 1969


Stand here in the frozen stubble
The snowy adieu
December leaves


"Poor January babies
Friends broke--
Just forget about a present"

Opal Minor, Willits, January 1991


January frog
Rough warbling in the garden
With Bessie's Hot Five


Falling winter
Yellow yoke sun
You break my heart


White moth tracing
The long edge of window-pane:

Many more winter weeks


Bats weave twilight;
Frogs tuning;
Bamboo leaf shivers:

February rain


All winter rising
To prepare the bowl for her
Our new-buried cat


Rains slanting on the goat
And the dropping sun:

Early February


Wind! Rain! Darkness!
Oak trees crashing!
Sky split with lightning!
And everywhere:
Peace

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Winter photo from Tao Te Ching Jane English
Photograph by Jane English

Spring


Lit from our table
Diamonds of first Spring rain
Make up for the stars


Nature's First Rust

In the unceasing winds
Furls turn tassels then spikes
Feather-like
Become rusty slick drooping hands
Sun gives them their green
Darkening they rise and spread
As oak leaf, a skin far from bone
The density of our own


Thin scarecrow hanging on the fence
He'll get fat this summer



Van Gogh, Beeches

Mansfield Mass. Beech Tree

We didn't know the tree's name
Only its sweet heaven fragrance


High ridge back of the house
Half my life I drank your waters


Distant lights of town in window
She works at the bright cloth
Aging girl


Spring morning working on the gate
Fleeting rainbow in the West


Quail plump as softballs
Skip to snip the young shoots


Cleaned window to 'Appalachian Spring'
On the floor
A brindled moth


Under cherry tree
The cushion of wet petals
Rained to earth


The downed orchard trees:
Their tips just coming into blossom


Plum blossom petal
Blown by the storm
To my car door

So much life


Herons feeding in the wetland
No more rain today


Grey heron near the cattle
No enmity on the creatures' earth


Pinto herding the kid
Nod once, twice, good--
You're in the goat band now


The llama comically alert
To buttercups across the road


Saxophone meanders soul to soul
Fingertips rest on the cloth threads
Bartok, Satie, our Jewish George
I shut my eyes the blindness is warm
Sounds suffuse and grow
Dust motes rise and fall
The universe of
A morning in June


Seashell ear at the night window
Oh the cricket myriads
SEE-shall


Skate-flies
A lone sparrow
My hand curved in the river:

Early morning


Sunlight in the web
Of my thumb and forefinger
Early morning Tai Chi


For A Married Couple

1
On the pond two ducks
Drifting together in sleep
Sunlight will wake them

2
Across late sunlight
The speeding birdflock--above
Clouds flying faster


Gwendolyn The Dog

Brown eyes big as suns
Still there blinding me
In the West


Little Richard on Macon Georgia

"When the rooster crow
And the train go by--
Sleep!--
You done had yo' nightlife!"


Old Memory
Seven Haiku

1
Though asleep
I knew you lay nearby
And touched your side
We were joined once

2
As you slumber
I touch the rib
Formed while you slipped
Soundless from my side

3
As you slumber
I touch the rib
We shared before soundless
You slipped away

4
You sleep
I touch your side
When did you slip
Dreaming
From my heart?

5
Asleep I touch
A perfect form
When did you slip
Dreaming
From my heart?

6
Soundless you slipped
Out my side
In the dark now
The dream is not finished

7
Soundlessly you slipped
Out my side
We sleep floating onward
In the dream


Theban Girl, Photo by Roloff Beny


Rain
Great rain
O great
Great
Rain


The Tao

Life brief
Gods obscure
Nothing still

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Flowering trees photo from Roloff Beny
Photo by Roloff Beny




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