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Monday, June 20, 2005


filling the kettle
the water's sound


Blogger Anonymous Poet said...

"the water's sound deepens." Did you come up with that yourself? I have never heard that turn of phrase before. But it is a perfect description. One that I wish I had made myself. Simple, yet vivid.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

ap: As far as I know, it's mine, and I don't know of any other haiku—or poems of any kind—specifically about filling a kettle. Of course, there may be a suppressed memory lurking somewhere. This was written as an entry in a kukai, a competition in which you write haiku on assigned topics. The topic in this case was "water." Thanks for your comment.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Anonymous Poet said...

Thanks for your poetic contribution to my site, on "life." It was very appopriate for the topic.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

Let's have a cup of tea!
Thanks for posting your notes on my blogs,


all night long
the sound of water spilt
into my autumn dreams

© DW Bender
haiku from WHF2002 in Japan, written one night when we had a hotel room in a mountain area -- there was a creek singing outside the room where I slept. As I lay listening to it, I couldn't help think of Basho's haiku:

"Furu ike ya /
kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto".

I like your take on the water's sound deeping in the teapot. NICE!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Great to hear from you, Debi. I love your sites and I love your work. "all night long" is magical. Thanks for posting it here.
I thought of the Basho haiku right after I wrote this one, but I'm sure the water's sound from his haiku was echoing in my mind as I wrote.

4:04 PM  
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7:41 AM  
Anonymous Melissa Allen said...

Bill -- I know this is ancient but I am working my way through your archives and I literally gasped when I read this. Just thought you should know. :)

11:27 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Never too late, Melissa. My deepest thanks.

1:39 PM  

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