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Collaborative Haiku Poem – サハラダストストーム hazy sky Saharan dust storm across the ocean (Yoko Kelley) かすみ空サハラの砂塵海を超え かすみぞら サハラ の さじん うみ を こえ At the end of June, the word “Sahara dust” was mentioned on TV for the first time. The “Sahara” … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 蝶々専用 caterpillars reside harvest prohibited for the present dil and basil (Yoko Kelley) 蝶宿る摘み取り禁止デイルバジル ちょう やどる つみとり きんし デイル バジル I harvested basil leaves to make pesto and started washing, when I noticed a caterpillar with same green … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – マスクの威力 east to west power of face mask worn globally (Yoko Kelley) 東から西へと広がるマクスかな ひがし から にし へ と ひろがる マスク かな In Asian countries, especially eastern Asian countries, it is a custom to wear face masks in order … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – サービスベリーの実 the third year fruits of serviceberry red and ripe (Yoko Kelley) 三年目サービスベリーの実は熟し さんねんめ サービスベリーの み は じゅくし In our pollinator garden, there are two trees of serviceberry for wild birds. Until last year, the trees were skinny … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 皐月冷え cold spell in May confused irises blooming postponed (Yoko Kelley) 皐月冷え とまどうアイリス開花延べ さつき びえ とまどうアイリス かいか のべ Reversing warm April, May started cool. Irises which grew well and bore big buds, seemed unable to decide whether they should … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 理髪店 the barber shop customer with a face mask caveman (Yoko Kelley) 理髪店マスクをつけたケイブマン りはつてん マスク を つけた ケイブマン A caveman, with unkempt hair and beard, is a familiar character in TV commercials.  Because barber shops have been closed … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 庭仕事 buds on trees garden is ready for new season look askance at virus (Yoko Kelley) 新芽ふくウイルス横目に庭仕事 しんめ ふく ウイルス よこめ に にわしごと While we are occupied in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, plants continue growing. With … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 時事言葉 shelter-in place hear on TV and see in newspaper current words (Yoko version) 足止め令書き留めてみる時事言葉 あしどめれい かきとめてみる じじことば prevent coronavirus Hanami on the internet staying home (Michiko version) コロナ避けインターネットで花見かな コロナ さけ インターネットで はなみ かな In order to minimize the transmission … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 渡り鳥 migrating ducks carry in the wings the south wind (Yoko version) 渡りがも翼に運ぶ南風 わたりがも つばさ に はこぶ みなみかぜ flock and flap continue to the horizon super express (Michiko version) 群れを成し羽ばたく鳥や超特急 むれ を なし はばたく とり や ちょうとっきゅう Migrating birds seen … Continue reading

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 新型コロナウイルス novel coronavirus reminiscence of another crisis jokisen (Yoko version) ウイルス危機思い起こすは上喜撰(蒸気船) ウイルス きき おもい おこす は じょうきせん (じょうきせん) keep doing hand wash and gargle stay safe (Michiko version) 気を付けて手洗いうがいで時を待つ きをつけて てあらい うがい で とき を まつ “Taihei no nemuri wo … Continue reading

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