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Only a Blockhead
Chigasaki and Beverly
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."
Interests: books, art, photography, beauty, pleasure, the world, politics, everything, poetry
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Early summer night: companion moon hangs with me on the long walk home Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Blockhead
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Full moon, frogs exalt In the bright flooded paddi... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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In a blog post, Austin Kleon tells us, "The sound of frogs represented to Thoreau the 'mid-summer’s dream.'" and quotes his journal: May 3, 1852: “The dream of the frog sounds best at a distance — most dreamy.” How true! After the sun sets the frogs sound harsh from nearby... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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From flooded paddies darkness unleashes a cacophony of frogs Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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This week: listening to the frogs filling the darkness with the sound of the season. Now the rice paddies --plowed, flattened, flooded, planted-- host the frog’s chorus Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Way up on the list of Japan’s simple pleasures: Onsen hot spring bath Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
You see people on TV Younger, in charge You know they haven't Listened to the Grateful Dead You wander through back Catalogues of Los Lobos While language posits New pronoun/verb agreements You cannot know or really care What will happen to Raymond Chandler He didn't hear A Box of Rain... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Wet June evening, but… glorious beer fireworks point to summer nights to come! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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This entry was submitted to and failed to win a recent haiku competition ; ) Plop! A sudden drop Plummets from the canopy Ghost of last night's rain Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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On a June morning A passing whiff of incense The first drops of rain Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Rain on hydrangeas Leaves and petals aquiver Every drop a shock Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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One more day of rain to moisten the hydrangeas just like yesterday Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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This week… Skies darken and the air fills with moisture. As a friend wrote on his Instagram, "Here comes the rainy season." The rainy season: All the weather forecast shows is blue umbrellas Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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This is the month of water falling from a gray sky sluicing down culverts pouring out of pipes into flooded paddies dripping from the leaves of hydrangeas which --white, pink, blue, purple— decorate the margins of everything. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Wendell Berry’s poem "How to Be a Poet" ends with: “make a poem that does not disturb the silence from which it came.” Something to aspire to. Wind ruffles the grass As for Basho and Li Bai And dabblers to come Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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The morning silence broken by the sudden boom of burning bamboo Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Local tomatoes Picked red, blemished, full-flavored Delicious for lunch Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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One day to the next Steeped in sunshine, bathed in rain Weeds grow visibly! Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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A sudden fragrance Wafting from the roadside hedge Sweet honeysuckle Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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This week: plant life After golden fall After bare winter Ginkgo grove a glorious green Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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You feel a small quake and hope that it’s not somewhere else's tragedy (Detail of photo by Tubbi via Wikimedia Commons license) Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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This morning no rain! A long-legged wasp drifts by Sun paints the flagstones Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Stare and there’s movement: A snail on the hydrangea A cloud in the sky Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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A solo cricket buzzing at night: harbinger of sultry summer Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
I prefer it without the last line, but then I guess it wouldn't be a haiku.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2021 on June 2 at Only a Blockhead