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“Shinrinyoku”

“Shinrinyoku”(c) 2021 by Michael L. Utley I have bathed in forest’s em’rald essenceI have nestled, secreted away, inJade konara copseI have placed my palmsSoft upon the scabrous skin of giantsWhose slowly beating hearts have shattered stoneWhose deeply delving fingers grip the earthIn lover’s embraceEternity is far too brief a timeFor such a love as this, …

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“A Few Haiku (16)”

(c) 2021 by Michael L. Utley (#91) How can hope surviveSolitary kitchen chairAnd the empty bed ….. (#92) These old feet are numbMemories are bitter coldI must watch my step ….. (#93) I sought from the foxWisdom; he gave me insteadA flash of his tail ….. (#94) Breeze in bamboo groveSake choko clatteringEmpty memories ….. …

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“A Tanka Trio (9)

(c) 2021 by Michael L. Utley (#25) Old stones squander heatIn the fire pit at nightAfter flames have diedWrapped in fading embers’ armsLove succumbs to apathy ….. (#26) I pick up the eggsFallen from a sparrow’s nestObserving the cracksThere is silence as the earthContemplates what might have been ….. (#27) In the summer leaFluted vessels …

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