January 21st 2016

Today was a long day. I picked up my daughters at the music center after work. From the roadside, before going in, I could see a student practicing.

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windowlit
····snow—the girl playing
········violin

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January’s moon will be a ‘wolf moon’. About a week ago I heard the coywolves out in the back woods. They like check in once or twice during the winter—much more during the summer.

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Snowballs

As I drove into work today, I saw some children at play. And now while I’m having a bite to eat, couldn’t resist this quick little diversion before I get back to the very serious business of haiku.

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blessèd
····are the peacemakers for they shall throw
········snowballs

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I understand that Basho, Buson and the others would often paraphrase Buddhist texts and sayings in their own haiku. When my appointed hour comes, I know Issa will defend me, or at least the poet Senryū Karai.

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