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Collaborative Haiku Poem – マルハナ蜂との縁 ten yearsstrong connectionswith bumble bees (Yoko Kelley)十年来マルハナ蜂との深き縁じゅうねん らい マルハナバチとの ふかき えん I still can’t believe what I witnessed on Sunday, September 26.I noticed two insects flying busily outside the window where we were eating a lunch. At … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 虫の声 call of insectlasts all morningend of summer (Yoko Kelley)虫の声昼なお響く夏の末むし の こえ ひる なお ひびく なつ の すえ The call of insects described in Japanese poems (waka) expresses the loneliness of Autumn at night, reflecting the poet’s own … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 伐採士 after the storm  seen all over the towntree cutters (Yoko Kelley)嵐去りいたる所に伐採士あらし さり いたるところ に ばっさいし Even one month is gone since a big storm passed this area early in July, yet the noise of electric saws and … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – トマト収穫 the hottest days are gonetomatoes and eggplantsharvest time (Yoko Kelley)酷暑過ぎトマトとナスビ収穫すこくしょ すぎ トマトとナスビ しゅうかく す Everyday in the last week was near one-hundred degrees. But that was what tomatoes and eggplants needed to ripe and be harvested this … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – ラスベリー raspberriesdense growth of thorny plantssearch of fruits (Yoko Kelley)ラスベリー棘かき分けて実を探すラスベリー とげ かきわけて みをさがす Every year, the raspberry bush gives us red fruits and provides nectar to bumblebees and other insects. There is one trouble, thorns! Although the thorns … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – マスク後 mask gonethe face looks unfamiliardo I know her? (Yoko Kelley)マスク無し名前と顔が一致せずマスクなし なまえ と かお が いっち せず A recently seen newspaper article, told by a college teacher: she was greeted by an unmasked student. The teacher returned the … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – マスク廃止令 picture of masktake it or wear it?store entrances (Yoko Kelley)マスクの絵取るか着けるか店の前マスク の え とるか つけるか みせ の まえ Midnight of May 25th, the mask mandate is cancelled in Nebraska (the governor issued the notice on TV). The coronavirus … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 霜予報 frost is forecastplant beds are coveredhope for the best (Yoko Kelley)霜予報植え床覆い神頼みしも よほう うえどこ おおい かみだのみ It is not certain whether the young tomatoes and basils, which were planted during warm days last week, will survive and see … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – アライグマ birds are gone a new face in the feeding area raccoon (Yoko Kelley) 小鳥去り餌場に新顔アライグマ ことりさり えさば に しんがお アライグマ As weather gets warm, feeding areas, which were packed with birds during Winter, are now almost empty. But, … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 新型コロナワクチン接種 seniors gather in a big hall wait for vaccine shots (Yoko Kelley) 一堂に会してシニア注射待つ いちどうに かいして シニア ちゅうしゃ まつ I received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine in late February. The order of vaccination is determined by phases, … Continue reading

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