Saturday, December 31, 2005

overgrown pasture
all the shadows point back
towards the farm

Friday, December 30, 2005

midnight siren
she whispers me
back to bed

Thursday, December 29, 2005

with a fine cigar
and a shot of whiskey
grandma's six o'clock news

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

in a plastic cup
handing the nurse
warm urine
holding hands
our wedding bands

Monday, December 26, 2005

in the rock garden
snow hiding
the plastic bonsai

Sunday, December 25, 2005

for a moment i forget
that i'm all alone . . .
time square lights

Saturday, December 24, 2005

christmas light contest
only the smallest church

Friday, December 23, 2005

still in the stream . . . more information on wabi sabi

above the babble
of the city street
winter sun

Thursday, December 22, 2005

longest night
the cat
shares a flea

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

once i too
believed in magic
winter's ache in my bones

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

phases of the moon:
"The full moon is given different names, depending on when it appears. For example, "Harvest Moon" is the full moon that appears nearest to the Autumnal Equinox . . . some other full moon names include:
January Moon After Yule, Wolf Moon, or Old Moon
February Snow Moon or Hunger Moon
March Sap Moon, Crow Moon, or Lenten Moon
April Grass Moon or Egg Moon
May Milk Moon or Planting Moon
June Rose Moon, Flower Moon, or Strawberry Moon
July Thunder Moon or Hay Moon
August Grain Moon or Green Corn Moon
September Fruit Moon or Harvest Moon
October Harvest Moon or Hunter's Moon
November Hunter's Moon, Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon
December Moon Before Yule or Long Night Moon.
interesting things:
Jim Breen's Japanese page has links to sites dealing with japanese literature, japanese character and text dictionaries, cultural information, educational resources, etc.
winter soltice

almost christmas
this crowded city street
where nobody knows my name

Monday, December 19, 2005

i've just started reading a translation of makura no soshi (pillow book) by sei shonagon . . . in the introduction was a new-to-me word: 'zuihitsu' which the author defined as "occasional writings" or "random notes" . . . my google search didn't come up with much more . . . "random jottings" and "a japanese concept similar to weblogs" and "running brush" and "miscellany" . . .

and to follow another tangent, the link above on sei is part of a the site: Other Women's Voices, translations of women's writings before 1700.

solitary footprints
the sound of snow
sparkled by sun

Sunday, December 18, 2005

december moon
grapes on the vine

Saturday, December 17, 2005

where the footprint is
the package
marked fragile

Friday, December 16, 2005

icy rain
the open hearst door

Thursday, December 15, 2005

not moving as fast these days
the slow thickening
of ice on the pond

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

boiling water
the sound of raw spaghetti
shaken from its box

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

at the mall
trying not to stare at girls
my daughter's age

Monday, December 12, 2005

four bare walls
the gentle slap slap slap
of the paintbrush

Sunday, December 11, 2005

suddenly awake
did the pastor just say
something about snoring

Saturday, December 10, 2005

an interesting essay (modern haiku magazine) on itaru ina, interred in a family camp during world war II.

as it's swallowed
a frog blinks
in the snakes mouth

--itaru ina
i find
the missing shovel
snowman's lopsided grin

Friday, December 09, 2005

each snowflake
a masterpiece . . .
up to my ass in art

Thursday, December 08, 2005

making the first tracks
in new snow
garbage truck

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

her new sex position
the recliner

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

. . . a great article entitled: 'flawed beauty' . . . about photography, zen, mono no aware and wabi-sabi . . .
"hello . . . hello . . ."
the phone that didn't ring

Monday, December 05, 2005

under the thin snow
my butt
discovering ice

Sunday, December 04, 2005

trying to recall
the names of her grandchildren
how quiet the falling snow

Saturday, December 03, 2005

bitter wind
the scarecrow leans
towards the farmhouse

Friday, December 02, 2005

a day in town
the old farmer brings home
pork fried rice

Thursday, December 01, 2005

the teacher's squeak
a startled look
from the escaped rat