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Leaning against an apple tree

the yellow bicycle

Spade, hoe and rake anxiously awaiting.

Oh Haiku! Its definition as difficult as its form…

Haiku (according to Wikipedia)is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterized by three qualities.

  • The essence of Haiku is ‘cutting’ (kiri) this is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or idea’s  and a ‘cutting’ word between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae) in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on
  • a kigo (seasonal reference) is usually drawn from a saijiki (an extensive but defined list of word’s)

As you can see, my attempt is far from perfect, in fact it doesn’t even come any where near the beautiful allusionally evocative nature associated traditional Haiku’s.

BUT Like any stubborn individual I will persevere.

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Down the ancient mass path

through briar and rough grass,

but oh how warm the sun is on my back.

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spring sun lights on worn out paths

how pleasant on far off days

to take this way to mass.

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A door to nowhere 

How bizarre that seems

And high over head a hawk watches.

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How kind to cut and lay this path

look how my feet stay dry

nearby a bee alights.

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Further now we lose our way

but who can tell when one is lost

It is the journey not the destiny

That matters.

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Soft wonderful light,

and shade too

The tree’s are awaking.

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Oh yes ,It was here I fell

nothing broken

but my dignity and a patch of nettles.



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An old gate

a tired bicycle

we make our way home happily.

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blue and yellow flowers

A grassy bank

what else should one do but rest a while.

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Maple leaves unfurl

they know their beauty

and yet they are not vain

the yellow bicycle

though rough and ready

also knows her worth………..