Old Seed

Modern Japanese Haiku


Chunks of pages. Tattered spine, torn and broken. Masking tape repairs in various stages of disintegration. I bought the anthology “Modern Japanese Haiku” by Makoto Ueda, at the Queens University bookstore in 1977. We’ve lived together ever since.


I close the gate,

and sit alone with the stones

this beautiful night.

              by Mizuhara Shuoshi






6 thoughts on “Old Seed

  1. I like the scene… the old book that’s been with you so long… and been repaired a few times. I have some like that… old friends. And thank you for sharing the beautiful poem….

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