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First East Wind

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New Year kasen renku begun
  1. New Years
    first wind from the east
    sound of the ocean
    strong and eloquent
                            Shinku
  2. New Years (Go to comments)

    gulls wheel calmly
    the year begins
                            Ebba
  3. Spring
    two brothers
    blowing soap bubbles
    at the veranda 
                            Fumiko
  4. Spring (Go to comments)

    marinated horsetail shoots
    on unmatched dishes 
                            Fay
  5. Spring moon (Go to comments)

    in soft light
    glimpse of the moon
    its face looks young
                            Lynne

  6. No season (Go to comments)

    no holidays for
    research and development 
                            Fay

  7. No season (Go to comments)

    DNA sequencing–
    a gene for writing poetry
    discovered
                            Alex
  8. Love (Go to comments)

    he touches my arm lightly
    at just the right moment
                            Alice
  9. Love (Go to comments)

    Maria Callas–
    the two of us enveloped
    in her soaring voice
                            Patricia
  10. Love (Go to comments)

    the peak of joyous rapture–
    then her hair comes tumbling down
                            Lynne
  11. Summer (Go to comments)

    fins of a colorful gold fish
    moving gently
    as if it dances
                            Fumiko
  12. No season (Go to comments)

    accepting the inspection
    to avoid the war
                            Shinku
  13. Moon (Go to comments)

    sent to help unload
    the portable barricades
    – early moonrise
                            Alice
  14. Autumn (Go to comments)

    All Soul's Day
    prayers at the church
                            Patricia
  15. Autumn
    after the excited game 
    of hopscotch, I return
    slightly cold home      
                            Kiyoko
  16. No season
    stuffed animal
    imitating a Maltese dog                  
                            Fumiko
  17. Cherry blossoms (late Spring) (Go to comments)

    adrift
    cherry petals scattered
    across the crowd
                            Alex
  18. Spring (Go to comments)

    lingering daylight–her smile
    Aunt Helen at one hundred!
                            Patricia

  19. Spring
    spring rain
    wets the rail
    going around the island                                
                            Toshiyo
  20. No season
    travelling alone with
    light baggage, light heart
                            Atsuko
  21. No season
    draining a glass of vodka
    I join the circle
    Cossack dance
                            Shinku
  22. No season
    at the former palace
    paintings open to the public
                            Fumiko
  23. No season
    a dormant volcano
    starts its activities
    again, these days
                            Toshiyo
  24. Winter
    by the computer
    I integrate and differentiate
                            Shinku
  25. Winter
    I pull
    a blanket over 
    my empty head
                            Atsuko
  26. Love (Go to comments)

    her enchanting sidelong glance
    even melts icicles
                            Fay
  27. Love (Go to comments)

    we stand before 
    the full-length mirror
    still rosy with love
                            Ebba
  28. Love
    Tuesday morning paper
    	selling a scandal
                            Fumiko
  29. Moon
    to buy more soy beans
    a tofu seller walks
    under the moon
                            Atsuko
  30. Autumn
    the owner of the field
    goes out to thank the scarecrow
                            Lynne

  31. Autumn
    the letter has come
    her refreshing
    fine penmanship
                            Kiyoko
  32. No season
    clothing for donation, clean
    and carefully folded
                            Alice
  33. No season
    acceleration
    her toddler asks about
    all the noise
                            Alex
  34. No season
    here comes the father lugging
    three box kites and one bat kite        
                            Patricia
  35. Cherry blossoms
    in the garden 
    with blooming cherry blossoms
    I forget I'm in the foreign land        
                            Kiyoko 
  36. Spring
    between us and distant peaks
    a gauze of thinning haze
                            Ebba

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