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Yellow bones
curl around a gray sky –
the birch leaf flies.

Inspired by:

After a meeting
held in the corner garden,
the leaves scattered.

Richard Wright
(Haiku: The Last Poems of an American Icon, p. 169)

For Carpe Diem Utabukuro 5, where our task is to share a haiku or tanka that we admire.  We then explain why we admire this haiku, and compose a haiku inspired by it. 

I admired the simplicity of this poem – which could also be called an American sentence, for example:  “After a meeting in held in the corner garden, the leaves scattered.”  There are no tricks and no frills.  There is no word play.  The main character (the wind) is implied – but not included.   [My “yellow bones” haiku doesn’t have the same simplicity, of course.  But – the “gather and release” of the Wright haiku made me think of the empty spaces in these birch leaves.]

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