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Monday, August 24, 2009

on the cusp

between seasons;

neither here . . . nor there

4 comments:

Alan Summers said...

I love this!

on the cusp
between seasons;
neither here... nor there


It reminds me of an old Samurai legend I was told by Maki Nishida (our one time Japan wing of With Words) told me when we visited Sumadera.

I have two versions:

the end of summer
tsukutsuku-bôshi heard
at suma temple


(Suma Temple just outside Kobe)


samurai legend —
tsukutsukubôshi cicadas
at Sumadera


Alan Summers 2002
World Haiku Review Japan Article:
"Vending machines and cicadas"

n.b.
when these cicadas sing it means a special 'inbetween season' at Suma temple, between Autumn and Winter.

all my best,
Alan
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Kelly Marszycki said...

Thank you, Alan -- what a small(er) world when these connections are made or felt! :!)

Alan Summers said...

It's nice to have these links amongst haiku. I did like the use of cusp

all my best,
Alan
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Kelly Marszycki said...

Alan -- I just recalled that a friend who practiced traditional chinese medicine referred to these "between times," usually when approaching a seasonal equinox, were believed to be times of anxiousness, the body sensing the coming change. Perhaps the tsukutsuku-bôshi sensed the change also --