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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Just before Nightfall

just before nightfall
winter branches
scribbled on the sky


Blogger Anonymous Poet said...

I am peering up through those branches.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Anonymous Poet said...

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8:33 PM  
Blogger floots said...

spot on
like a.p. i could see the scene so clearly
(i've recently done a tanka on a similar theme - substitute deer for branches - will probably post it in a few days but it lacks your touch)

10:56 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

i love tree branches at dusk. especially in the winter time.

5:47 AM  
Blogger TwistedNoggin said...

I have a few haiku's and senryu's on my poetry blog. I love the way they make you let go of the unecessary and convey a pure image.
Nice. :)

12:50 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

It's good to know that there are some fans of winter--a much underrated season--out there.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Denis said...


Very nice indeed.
You could say 'bare branches' and winter would be understood. Just 2-cents' worth...

'scribbled' is the perfect word.


10:42 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Good point, Denis. Somehow, in this case, "winter branches" feels right to me, but, to be honest, I haven't thought much about why.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Denis, I just had a second thought about why I chose "winter" over "bare." I think I didn't want to draw the picture at that point because (1) you can draw that particular picture, since (2) scribbled only works if the branches are bare, and (3) I wanted the scribbling to be the main pictorial feature of the ku. It remains the case that "scribbled" might mean neither "winter" nor "bare" is necessary, but I think I wanted you to be definitely in winter before I got to "scribbled." That is, I didn't want: "Scribbled? What does that mean? Oh, I get it: it's winter, so the leaves are bare." I wanted the image to be immediately felt. Don't know if any of this makes sense, but thanks for provoking the thought.

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6:30 PM  
Blogger feminine expressions said...

oh how wonderful, how perfectly wonderful! i feel like clapping...

i read your beautiful comment for anonymous poet and couldn't believe how much wonder and memory you brought to me in so few words...

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12:19 AM  
Blogger Denis said...


Re: bare & scribbled, thanks for elucidating. Makes good sense to me.


1:59 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

darrelamarks: Welcome. I'll check out your blog.

diana christine: welcome to you. And thank you for your encouraging comment.

denis: thanks for stopping by. It's always gratifying, and quite rare, to know I'm making sense. Thanks again for getting me thinking on this.

6:46 AM  
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Blogger Bill said...

Thanks t.a.t. Good to hear from you

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