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Woodstove Hokku (Autumn and Winter)

 

Gathering kindling;
Queen Anne's Lace caught
In the basket weave.

 

 

October rain;
The sound of water dripping
In the woodstove.

 

Woodcutting;
The thud of a dropping limb
On the frozen ground.

 

Winter wind;
Sawdust stings
Chapped hands.

 

The cold iron
Of the woodstove grate--
A November morning.

 

The warm stove;
The flames' reflections dance
On the wall.

 

Bitter cold;
Leftover wood ash frozen
To the bucket.

 

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Lake Hokku (Autumn, Winter, Spring)

An October sunset;
The old fisherman sits
On the driftwood.

 

On a stump,
The seagull's feathers ruffle--
Winter wind.

 

Winter wind;
An old sailboat locked
In ice.

 

Snow falls
On the rolled sail--
A spring morning.

 

Spring wind;
The sailboat tips over
Rounding the buoy.

 

Sunset;
Rolling a sail up
In the stillness.

 

Farming Hokku ( Spring, Summer)

In the barnyard,
Melting snow drips
From the hay wagon.

 

Lengthening days;
Tilling towards the pink streaks
In the western sky.

 

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(Planting corn)

 

A sparrow alights
On a ripened head of wheat;
Harvest time.

 

Summer humidity;
Wheat chaff sticks
To sweaty skin.

 

A moonlit cornfield;
The chatter of raccoons
From the corn's shadows.

 

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A summer evening;
The scent of corn pollen
In the falling dew.

 

End of summer;
The last turning
Of the hay rake.

 

A dark barn;
The forge's glow
On the blacksmith's face.

 

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(Roscoe Village, Ohio)