Monday, January 19, 2015

Bright Day in Autumn

At the same Watsonville Obon, Kiyoko's oldest grandchild, Nicholette, is dancing.
With her mother and her sister she danced at another festival in 2014!

Bright day in autumn--
I visit my daughter
in her ninth month

End of autumn
what they call a grandchild
has been gifted to me

Kiyoko Tokutomi

(from Kiyoko's Sky pp. 32-33)

It might be easy to forget that some of the clearest and most heartfelt haiku come from the life experiences we share with so many others. These haiku of hers illustrate how deeply and completely haiku was integrated with Kiyoko Tokutomi's life. jhh

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