Wednesday, May 16


Tray of seedlings in hand,
I'm startled by my reflection,
on the way to the window.

This is for One Deep Breath, the haiku meme. People who care deeply about correct meter will not like this haiku, but from what I have read the standard 5-7-5 format was never meant to be taken too literally. And of course, too, Japanese is a very different language from English, generally richer in nuance and sub-layers. So a lot more is usually being packed into that tight little package of words when writing in Japanese than can be expressed using English. With this poem, I just got tired of trimming to fit a size that wasn't really meant for me anyway. Startled by the revelation!

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