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Bells Ring

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young wind blows
through the old tree’s branches-
bells ring anew

Harvest Moon

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birds jostling
for position at feeder-
harvest moon

Final equality

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oak maple locust
leaves fall to the ground-
equality in death

quiet stroll

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quiet evening
stroll along the shore-
fiddler crabs

Another Day

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sunlight brings
enlightenment to room-
forgotten mop

Evening Star

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kitchen Bodhisattva
serves up dharma-
evening star

Not happy with original posting (see below)

serving dharma
kitchen Bodhisattva
evening star

Gloomy morning

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dawn–
mimicking me awakening
cloudy sky

The below haiku from Issa was my inspiration. Plus I really do not want to start the day. πŸ™‚

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dawn–
mimicking me striking fire
croaking frog

ariake ya hi wo utsu mane wo naku kawazu

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by Issa, 1819

This haiku is difficult to picture and, therefore, to translate. My best guess is that Issa is starting a fire at dawn. Every time he hits a “fire chip” (tsukegi-tsuki)–a chip of cypress wood coated with sulphur–a nearby frog answers with a croak.