A Parcel of Plums

Dear Stephen and Kazue-san,

The season of our plum harvest has returned.

Due to the rain and our delay at harvesting, some of the ripened ones may be bruised. Sorry for that. We selected those relatively young and green to avoid the above mishaps. Please water-wash their surface before taking a bite.

Akira and Shigeko, the residents of Rakuki-sha (落李舎)


Sleepless night,
another impact on the ground …
Ah, the ripened plums!

4 responses to “A Parcel of Plums

  1. Thank you so much, Akira & Shigeko. We really enjoyed your gift of plums. We wish you both a happy summer in Rakukisha. For those of you who don’t understand the meaning of that name, it is “The House of Fallen Plums” (rather than of Fallen Persimmons, which was Kyorai’s place).

  2. Hope you enjoy as much as William Carlos Williams did:

    This is Just to Say

    I have eaten
    the plums
    that were in
    the icebox

    and which
    you were probably
    saving
    for breakfast

    Forgive me
    they were delicious
    so sweet
    and so cold

    • We really did, David. Very appropriate comment… and well remembered. Even the ‘icebox’ is just right here.
      How poetic notes can be, if written by true poets such as Kyorai, WCW and Akira!

  3. I love aural-effect haiku—and this is a great one: that ‘thunk’ both startling and satisfying; an “all over” sound and a “Mmm, here we go!” sound at the same time.

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