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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014


Doris Lynch
Bloomington, Indiana, USA

On the Way to September

There's an ease to late summer, a fullness. The pampas grass is thick—its contiguous green spikes offering a refuge for squirrels and rabbits. On the far side of the house, the walnut tree has begun its staccato droppings. The sunflowers and tall daisies reach for sky as the tomato branches curl downward under the weight of heavy fruit. Can old age be like this? This feeling of abundance, of having survived the tornadic winds of spring, the rollicking thunderstorms of June and July to come to this day full of stillness and the world's beauty.

in the garden
half gold, half green pepper—
how veined your hands

Haiku originally published in Modern Haiku XXVII: 3, Fall 1996.



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