Author Archives: hokku

It may be due to the Celtic side of my ancestry, but I have always been quite taken by “otherworldly” music — music that sounds somehow related to the mythic unseen world of the ancient British Isles.  Sometimes the connection … Continue reading

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HOKKU AND A BIT BEYOND

The three-line hokku is a very useful format for expressing Nature.  But now and then, there are experiences that we may wish to extend slightly. The following experience, for example, can be written in a longer or shorter form, with … Continue reading

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THE SUMMER BEAMING FORTH: JOHN CLARE’S “SONNET”

This morning I was reading through old summer poems in English — a rather disappointing experience, because most are so heavy-laden with personification that they fail to adequately express the season.  It is refreshing to turn from them to the … Continue reading

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WHY DID I WAKE? WHEN SHALL I SLEEP AGAIN?

In the past few days,  have noticed a great many people coming to this site for my discussion of the “Days of Wine and Roses” poem by Ernest Dowson.  In it, he discusses the brevity of life, which appears as … Continue reading

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MORNING WARMTH

Two more days, and it will be May Day — the old celebration about halfway between the Spring Equinox and the summer Solstice.  Here is a simple hokku from this morning: (Spring) Morning warmth; The sweet smell of cottonwoods Along the … Continue reading

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DAFFODILS

(Spring) A sunny morning; The daffodils I planted Are now my neighbors’ spring.   David  

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VANISHED SPRINGS: ISSA’S VIOLETS

Issa wrote a spring “question” hokku about violets: (Spring) Who was it That lived here before me? The violets…. “The violets” is not an answer to his question, but rather the context.  He is wondering what kind of people were … Continue reading

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