Saturday, August 16, 2014

Grasshopper Underbelly


We are on the way to town; and there is a grasshopper on the windshield. Or is this a leafhopper? I whip out my new minicamera Elph (about half the size of my iPhone) with the good macro sense and now here he is! Look at the beautiful veins on his wings! Her wings?

I have been reading all the submissions for the annual haiku anthology today. Some of them are very, very good, and I would like to put many of them here, right now, but that will have to wait until after the anthology comes out in December.

Have you seen the pocket editions of poetry put out by Shambala? The pocket haiku translated by San Hamill, Shambala, 2014 is 4.8 x 3.1x .4 inches of treasure. And on page 7 just what is needed here tonight.

Nothing in the cry
of cicadas suggests they
are about to die

Basho, translated by Sam Hamill

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