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Collaborative Haiku poem – 小鳥とリス small birdsintimidate a squirrelby grouping (Yoko Kelley)小鳥でも10羽揃えばリス脅しことり でも じゅっぱ そろえば リスおどし Every morning, we enjoy winter birds as they come to feeders in the porch right outside our house. The exchange between birds and squirrels is also … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 竜巻の進路 tornadocoming this way or notbirds at feeders (Yoko Kelley)竜巻の進路を知らす鳥えさ場たつまき の しんろ を しらす とりえさば On December 14, tornadoes ran through Nebraska, Iowa and other neighboring states. Some areas suffered significant damages. It is said to be difficult … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 在宅勤務の逆 rent an officeopposite movementto WFH (Yoko Kelley)事務所借り在宅勤務の逆をいくじむしょ かり ざいたく きんむ の ぎゃく を いく As we all know, we had to take many unexpected ways to cope with the inconvenience resulting from the corona virus infection. Those … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 黄葉 the sun hitscolorful leavesstreets sparkle cross roadsbeautiful yellow leaves aheadfail to turn right (Yoko Kelley)黄葉の衣装きらめく街路かなおうよう の いしょう きらめく がいろ かな We all wait for the color change of leaves in Autumn.  I thought that oak leaves turned … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 絵文字 a massage chairwith a touch screenfull of emoji (Yoko Kelley)マッサージ絵文字操作に一苦労マッサージ えもじ そうさ に ひとくろう Our 15-years old massage chair finally broke. Deciding that there was no other way but to buy a new one, we went to … Continue reading

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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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