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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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One more day of rain Moistening the hydrangeas Jus... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Blockhead
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Sunset on flooded paddies The valley swells with the chorus of frogs Frogs generate a wall of sound That would have done Phil Spector proud! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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For the next week: frogs filling the nights with the sound of the season Now the rice paddies --plowed, flattened, flooded, planted-- host the frogs’ chorus Swelling as night falls Frogs’ discordant symphony Rising from rice fields 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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"Make a poem that does not disturb the silence from which it came." --Wendell Berry "How to Be a Poet" A poem that speaks Without breaking the silence: A haiku koan… Wind ruffles the grass as for Li Bai and Basho and poets to come Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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High up on the list of Japan’s simple pleasures: Onsen hot spring bath Immersed to the neck Marinating in the heat Ah, hot spring heaven! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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A solo cricket Buzzes at night: harbinger of sultry summer Cricket’s solo drone Soon to swell to a summer’s Night time symphony Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Place of pilgrimage Source of rain Mount Oyama crowns the horizon Sacred Mount Oyama Once a raucous playground Now tranquil once more Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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Place of pilgrimage Source of rain Mount Oyama crowns the horizon Sacred Mount Oyama Once a raucous playground Now tranquil once more Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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The morning silence broken by the sudden boom of burning bamboo So grateful to live where the sound of a gunshot isn’t a gunshot Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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From one day to next Steeped in sunshine, bathed in rain Weeds grow visibly! Keeping the yard wed: A losing battle, and a cool past tense of “weed” Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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Picked ripe; full-flavored tomatoes from the market’s local produce shelf Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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A sudden fragrance Wafting from the roadside hedge Sweet honeysuckle Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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After golden fall After bare winter Ginkgo grove a glorious green! Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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Small white butterflies --restless motion, rarely ... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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Skittish butterflies Animating the blossoms Flit. Alight. Take flight Among spring flowers The visiting butterflies Flutter here and there Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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Stare and there’s movement: A snail on the hydrangea A cloud in the sky Snail-paced, imperceptible to the restless glance: nature’s momentum Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2024 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 everywhere Water, water everywhere! Too much to flow through a single haiku Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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On a spring morning The soothing, intermittent Croaking of a frog Every now and then From somewhere in the tall grass The voice of a frog Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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From where woods meet field The harsh cry of a pheasant Scratches the silence Sensing my approach, cock pheasant turns tail in a blaze of red and brown Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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On a spring morning To a soundtrack of birdsong Blue sky; one small cloud And a sky like that / always puts me in mind of / “Little Fluffy Clouds” It’s about Arizona, but what about… Watford? Here’s a UK parody! New book notice (Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior): scroll down... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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The morning sun paints Ghosts of branches on the wall Reflected shadows Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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Woken early by A persistent mosquito Whining in my ear Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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Close by the beach A shrine reminding me of My Nei... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2024 at Only a Blockhead
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A spring weekend Sagami Bay enticing crowds To rival Tokyo Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2024 at Only a Blockhead