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    the haiku blog of paul david mena

    Sunday, December 05, 2004


    raking leaves —
    all the apologies
    I've never made


    Admittedly, the image and haiku have nothing to do with one another. ¡qué lastima!

    I've always viewed raking leaves as an acquiescence of sorts—acknowledging that Fall is over and that Winter is inevitable. The harshness of the December wind brings with it an urgency to complete the chore. The task is physically intense, forcing the mind to wander.

    The original version of this haiku was somewhat more sinister:

    raking leaves —
    all the apologies
    I'll never make


    Once back inside, my perspective softened. Soon I'll view the snow as beautiful and quaint—in a New England sort of way—until I have to break out the shovel...

    1 Comments:

    Blogger Prof Yabut said...

    I like both versions, Paul. Here's another twist from Issa (translated by David G. Lanoue), that I used at my site two weeks ago:

    world of man--
    even raking leaves
    brings a scolding

    12:37 AM  

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