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Morning near Hakone

By Hannah MoorePublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read

Rain sounds on hard ground.

Cherry blooms and falls at once.

We half-turn to home.

Author's note: On our penultimate night in Japan, we stayed in a small house near Hakone. We arrived after dark, exhausted and hungry, but come the morning, I pulled open the paper shoji doors to find the small office space pictured above. I was called, as I am sure anyone here would have been, to take five minutes to write a little haiku. There I am, above, writing it.

I will follow up this haiku shortly with an invitation, as I made a discovery that excited me somewhat in the process of writing it, but that is for another story...

One which you can now find here.


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Comments (17)

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    I just found this one. Beautiful.

  • Alexander McEvoy2 months ago

    'We half turn to home" Wow I know that feeling all too well at the end of a trip, Hannah. The sense that we aren't quite ready to be done yet, but also longing for familiar surroundings, our own beds, and the routines we're used to. Beautiful haiku :)

  • Tiffany Gordon 2 months ago

    Beautiful work Hannah! Your hair is gorgeous btw!!!!

  • Teresa Renton2 months ago

    Lovely Haiku Hannah. I will have a ponder and see if I can come up with anything. Japan is definitely on my list and I’m dying to go. Maybe I could commission a piece on how to go about organising a trip to Japan (for Dummies)?

  • Both your Haiku and photos are beautiful! Happy you're having an amazing time!

  • Kodah2 months ago

    Incredible work!! 💝

  • John Cox2 months ago

    OK, I posted a 7-7. https://vocal.media/poets/petals-n76h09k8

  • John Cox2 months ago

    Lovely Haiku! I will try and give it a go. Thanks for the invite, Hannah, and welcome back!

  • Jay Kantor2 months ago

    Arigato Hannah - I was deployed to Southern Japan for a year, I've written about it "Cultural Exchange." We traveled up down on the 'Bullitt' and the 1st thing I learned to say was: "Ikuradesu (how much does it cost). The Cherry Blossom Season is so memorable. At the Hiroshima peace museum students surrounded us on Sunday's to practice their English and Vice-Versa - So glad you enjoyed - j.in.l.a.

  • Joe O’Connor2 months ago

    I don’t know much about Japan but would love to go! Great photos Hannah:)

  • D. J. Reddall2 months ago

    Deftly done!

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    How delightful! What a beautiful place to put pen to paper! Lovely haiku!

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    A beautiful kaiku that invokes wonderful imagery, including auditory vibes. Well done, Hannah!

  • Thavien Yliaster2 months ago

    Now this, this is a haiku. Especially since You're on Your trip, this feels like a true tribute to the Origin of haikus.

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    Hope you had a great time. What a wonderful way to return, with a haiku (so apt!) and the picture to illustrate it. Paul and I were just chit-chatting about you today.

  • Matthew Fromm2 months ago

    Ohh man I hope it’s been a good trip! I’m very jealous

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Love this and good to have something new to read by you! Hope the holiday has been great! :) Well done.

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