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Collaborative Haiku Poem – ひまわりすだれ sunflowersblock afternoon sunlike a bamboo blind (Yoko Kelley)ひまわりや西日遮る簾かなひまわり や にしび さえぎる すだれ かな  All these years, a hot, summer afternoon sun was blocked conveniently by maple trees in a neighbor’s yard, until one of trees was felled … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 夏間近 summer is nearpruning and cleaningraspberry bushes (Yoko Kelley)夏間近慌てて剪定ラスベリーなつ まぢか あわてて せんてい ラスベリー When new leaves begin sprouting, all plants start growing vigorously. Not just raspberries but also butterfly bushes need pruning, and yards have to be cleaned … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 小鳥の交代 green tinted treebirds change placesrobins are here (Yoko Kelley)木の芽時小鳥の交代ロビン来るこのめどき ことり の こうたい ロビンくる As trees start green tint, winter birds juncos are gone, replaced by robins, like a calendar.  木々がうっすらと緑色を帯びてくると、冬の小鳥ユキヒメドリが去り、入れ替わりにロビンがやってきます。暦通りです。 Collaborative Haiku PoemYoko KelleyIllustration by Norman KelleyOmaha, … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – チリディナー chili dinnerpast two years withoutstand in line (Yoko Kelley)チリデイナー3年振りに列に立ちチリディナー さんねん ぶり に れつ に たち “The Chili DInner is a fundraiser for the Keystone Community Task Force Annual Scholarship Program” (KCTF newsletter). We were unable to participate … Continue reading

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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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