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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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Steeped in sunshine, bathed in rain, weeds grow visibly bigger every day Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Only a Blockhead
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On the paddy bank in the last light of evening: a duck’s silhouette Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Blockhead
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This is the month of water falling from a gray sky flowing 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 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Rain on hydrangeas: The leaves and petals quiver Every drop a shock Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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 4 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Full moon, flooded paddies Frogs exalt Another night of sonic ecstasy Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Stare and there’s movement: a snail on a hydrangea a cloud in the sky Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Afloat on the water mirror two ducks, heads down vacuum through the rice shoots Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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There! A sound like tinkling ice in a cool drink; first windbell of summer Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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The colossus dwarfing us all: Mount Fuji over Sagami Bay Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Another day of rain to moisten the magnificent hydrangeas! Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Plop! Suddenly dropping from the tree above A ghost of last night's rain Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Lunch outdoors: local tomatoes picked red, blemished, bursting with flavor Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Strung up by the neck above a vegetable patch: black garbage bag crow Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Dissonance at first light: quiet purr of turtle doves raucous calls of crows ... and an unexpected break in the rain. A chance to do some laundry! Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Baiu* All the weather forecast shows is a row of b... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Wind stirs the grass as it did for Basho and Li Bai and will for poets to come Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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I did it! I completed a year of daily observations in haiku-esque verse, begun on June 8 last year. There were a few times when I thought I couldn’t do it, when ideas ran dry, but my surroundings always somehow got the better of me and inspired some form of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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From sunset The symphony of frogs Noisy nearby, soothing from afar In a recent blog post Austin Kleon quotes from Thoreau's journal, telling us: "The sound of frogs represented to Thoreau the 'mid-summer’s dream.'" May 3, 1852: “The dream of the frog sounds best at a distance — most dreamy.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Dusk: bats zip soundless through the gathering dark and frogs drown out the traffic Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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At night the flooded paddies host a cacophonous concert of frogs Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Late spring evening Beside me on the long walk home Companion moon Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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In the flooding paddies Darkness raises A magnific... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Black flapping Profligate splashing Crow bathing in the neighbor’s garden trough Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Only a Blockhead
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Sawing wood out back I find a very handsome caterpillar (and only after posting this did I notice a certain caterpillarishness to this year's woodpile) Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Only a Blockhead