夏の蛇水盤のへりに喉をおき時やはらかに水呑みてをり

natsu no hebi suiban no heri ni nodo o oki toki yawarakani mizu nomiteori

a summer snake rests

its throat on the water bowl’s edge

with softness of passing time

it drinks water

~ tanka by Takako Hitaka

Fay Aoyagi, translator

from “Gendai Tanka No Kansho 101

(Appreciation of Contemporary Tanka 101)

edited by Ken Kodaka, Shinshokan, 1999, Tokyo, Japan

the uncoiled, expanse of a summer day;

the safe repose of a snake drinking water

from a proffered bowl; the feeling of

peace and fullness, of balanced rhythms;

and finally, the sibilant sounds them selves. ~DF

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KHyal Kouture DF: I saw this on the subway yesterday in NYC and wrote it down for you. It’s a series called SubTalk — “Train Thought”. Pretty great to see poetry on the Metro!

the way a crow

shook down on me

the dust of snow

from a hemlock tree

has given my heart

a change of mood

and saved some part

of a day I rued

~ Robert Frost

Sponsored by The Humanities Initiative at NYU

NY Public Library

Starts a smile to think of someone on a city train in March

taking down the words from a poem on a subway wall

to send to a friend . . . the world is all right, then.

and hope I said thank You.  ~ DF

StephanieElliottPiscataquaRiver

Piscataqua River Sky

photograph by Stephanie Elliott

May the newest new

year of the beginning of

the spring just begun

today like the falling snow

the more heap up our blessings.

~ Yakamochi

[(4516) . . . dated on New Year’s Day 759 . . .

This is the final poem in the Manyoshu.

In the lunar calendar the first day of the year

inaugurates spring. Tanka translation &

annotation by Cid Corman, Peerless Mirror,

Firefly Press, Cambridge, MA, 1981.]

moving my head

the grasses

spring back

~ Donna Fleischer

in Ko

fish     clouds     birds

in a stream

how it goes on

~ Donna Fleischer

in CT River Coastal Conservation District 2009,

CT Environmental Headlines &

bottle rockets

snatching a jellied rice cake
in the mist . . .
crow
~ Issa, 1814

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