Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday Haiku - Week 5: John Stokes

Hokusai: Brooklyn Museum

Wednesday Haiku, Week #5

on a gray
winter day
the morning glory
John Stokes

one inch from its tip
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Wrick said...

this morning glory that opens on a gray winter day... seems like i should be able to take on life against such odds. i like that.

Issa's ku... has me traveling down a number of roads on this one. life. again.

how cool - the mid range values of the Hokusai work are used so effectively. very cool.

i'm fascinated with the process by which vines climb - as in the photo - too. it's an amazing world - and fun on Wednesday Haiku.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Wrick, I am so glad that you are enjoying the little editorial dance I've been doing with this new feature. It is what makes editing a creative act ... from poem to picture to poem to picture ...


Charles Gramlich said...

I like the first one a lot. The Issa one doesn't connect with me and that's rare for his work.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Very glad you like John's poem.

The Issa is one that either grabs or doesn't - for me, I imagined a white morning glory opening before dawn, setting up the contrast of very bright and very dark. I can see where it might not work, though.