Author Archives: hokku

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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HOUSMAN’S FLOWERS: I HOED AND TRENCHED AND WEEDED

Today we will take a look at poem # 63 — LXIII in Latin numerals — the last poem in Alfred Edward Housman’s collection A Shropshire Lad: I HOED AND TRENCHED AND WEEDED I hoed and trenched and weeded, And … Continue reading

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CANDLEMAS AND CONTROVERSY

Yes, today is Candlemas — Imbolc — the beginning of spring in the old calendar.  It hardly seems like it, waking to a freezing wind and the likelihood of snow, but nonetheless the Wheel of the Year has turned, and … Continue reading

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AFTERMATH: A POST-HOLIDAYS SENRYU

After the New Year, A Christmas tree At every trash bin. It may look like hokku, having the same outer form — the same “shell,” but it is not.  It is the subject matter that makes it something else, and … Continue reading

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