Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Carmel Mission

After one of out Asilomar Haiku Retreats, a group of us visited The Carmel Mission, an historic site that is nearby. Emiko Miyashita, Japanese haiku poet and translator, who was at the Retreat that year was with us. When she posed with Kiyoko Tokutomi in front of an old door, they laughed and put their fingers together and said "Phone Home" as in the movie E. T. because they were both far from Japan, I think. We were all having such a good time. Kiyoko's final illness was just beginning then, so the photo of this time is especially poignant.

a smile on her lips-
I know who is behind
those sunglasses

Kiyoko Tokutomi

Kiyoko's Sky; The Haiku of Kiyoko Tokutomi
translated by Patricia J. Machmiller and Fay Aoyagi,
Brooks Books, 2002, page 29

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