“Four Haiku” by Deborah P. Kolodji

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Deborah P. Kolodji


the mortgage
paid off early




of sleeping towns
the Milky Way




winter solitude
the company
of unshelved books




horse calendar
Grandmother dreams
she’s bareback




Oldflute Shakuhachi by Rick Wilson

from Rattle #47, Spring 2015
Tribute to Japanese Forms

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Deborah P. Kolodji: “Yellow grass waves in the summer sun. Monuments to the fallen dot the battlefield as I walk alone on my first visit to Gettysburg. The words of Bashō pop into my head—translated by Lucien Stryk, ‘summer grasses/ all that remains/ of a warrior’s dreams’—and I start to cry. The sadness of the earth, the memories of the fallen, and the words of a seventeenth century poet in Japan all come together in a moment of connection. Separated by centuries and thousands of miles, Bashō and I are in the same place. This is why I love haiku.” (website)

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