Archive for July, 2009

July 22 Total Eclipse, Southern Japan

Posted in Haibun, Summer on July 27, 2009 by Tito

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湯泊 Yudomari、屋久島 Yakushima、11am

….. The rain let up and the sky was breaking. We were at a farm. The moon’s shadow raced towards us across the rough East China Sea. White crests dimmed. Then … wham! We got four whole minutes of totality. Could no longer see the waves, or many of the fields. The street lights came on.

….. A chill went down my spine and I began to run along the lane of puddles in the direction the light had gone: a sort of delirium.

In the seaside field

Darkness falls;

The cows don’t stop

Their cropping.

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From the Icebox inbox 8

Posted in Haiku, Submissions, Summer on July 20, 2009 by Tito

Fourteenth of July –

Gunpowder and lavender

Scent the warm night air. ……………………… (Kamome, Eastbourne, UK)

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first day of summer

a skunk

also friendless ………………………. (Raquel D. Bailey, Tallahassee, Florida)

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new facades

can’t disguise this old town

light of the June moon …………………………. (bandit, St. Paul, Minnesota)

Mt. Atago Pilgrims’ Path II

Posted in Haiku, Summer on July 18, 2009 by Gilad

along the Old Atago Path
the fresh smell of tatami
and his red nose

Mt. Atago Pilgrims’ Path – Salute to Moya & Jane

Posted in Event report, Summer on July 14, 2009 by Tito

Stone lanterns old shrines

Along now crowded streets still

Line the sacred way ……. (John McAteer)

Fourteen pilgrims participated in a walk on 5 July in Kyoto to pray for our poet friends, Moya Bligh and Jane Wieman, who both, in quite different ways, have recently dipped beyond the horizon. Accompanied by Moya’s son Ronan (and a visiting Gilad), we set out from Kaminoki 神ノ木 Benzaiten Jinja at Arisugawa on a breezy early summer’s day. A haiku we came across on a stone by Itsukinomiya, our first resting place on Sanjo: 往く道は一つしかない茜雲 (喝夫坊)

The road ahead / just one alone – / scarlet sunset clouds ……. (Priest Katsuobo)

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snip snip snip around a corner two men pruning pines (Moya Bligh)

butterfly – an iridescent greeting at the open door (Jane Wieman)

verdurous temple – ……. lights sway with branches

spots on moss … ………… your soul might be visiting ……. (Keiko Yurugi)

Saimei Shrine – Rokuoin – and then to the Sanjo bend in the Oi River and a view across tall reeds and ayu fishermen’s rods towards distant Matsuo.

remembering / the last time / I heard her voice – /my toes cool in the river ……. (David McCullough)

Past the stone lantern where Stephen and Margarite had once been mistaken for mountain gods returning … north to Ichijo and, just off it, the Seiryoji Kyogen Hall, where we ate our lunch and read some more of Moya & Jane’s poems. Zen Nakamura hosted. A few walkers left and a few others arrived.

Moya-Jane Salute Walk 020-Seto Stream fields – / And poets file / Past orange lilies / She would have drawn … ……. (Tito)

John McA. offered a walking shoe each – for Moya & Jane – at the Sen-ou-no-mizu Benzaiten spring 仙翁の水.

Discarded shoes – …………………………..

Before the Jizo statue …………………….

New-born cicada …….. (John Dougill)

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an afternoon firefly

stopping on his arm –

postman with

a distant card?

….. (Mari Kawaguchi)

The walk ended at the Noborigame Stone beside the First Sacred Arch of Atago Shrine in Adashino. Once back in the Kyogen-do at Seiryoji, a small celebration with beer and tofu was held.

In the cathedral of bamboo

a web stretches wide –

………..Hush! ……. (Moya Bligh)


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Posted in Haiku, Summer on July 11, 2009 by Gerald

vending machine…
all alone
in the hot sun

mosquito bites on places i usually wear clothes

wild bamboo over there…
wanting to see the call
of the cuckoo

morning commute green season in the ricefields

sunset…
a bucket of frogs
from his grandma