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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


the quiet . . .
white chrysanthemums
full of moonlight
Happy Thanksgiving to all those who'll be celebrating it.


Blogger Devika said...


All the beauty of white chrysanthemums in three lines...

i grow chrysanthemums...


8:40 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

delightful Bill and best to you and family

1:04 AM  
Blogger Magyar said...


4:13 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Devika, do you know Buson's

chrysanthemum growers—
you are the slaves
of chrysanthemums!

Which once inspired me to write

reaching for my pen
at the first chrysanthemum—
a slave to haiku!

Thanks for the visit, Devika, John, and Magyar. And thanks for the wishes, John.

6:27 AM  
Blogger polona said...

exquisite, bill.
and a happy holiday to you and yours...

10:22 AM  
Blogger Masago said...


5:13 PM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

How beautiful! I like the expression "full of moonlight" very much.

We don`t celebrate Thanksgiving here but I hope that you and your family had a wonderful day.

Best wishes,

12:48 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Polona, Vaughn, Angelika, my deepest thanks.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Devika said...

Oh I missed to reach back here...

"chrysanthemum growers—
you are the slaves
of chrysanthemums!" ---

but i grow many other plants as well...and have many other work to do too, Bill...

i cannot just afford to be a slave of chrysanthemums :)

Buson's haiku is lovely, though..


9:38 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

your haiku is lovely ...

i love this one ... why 'full of' and not 'filled with' ... i know you will have made the choice ...

i am not suggesting it should be but would love to know ..

as always, lovely poetry Bill >>> Gina

3:25 AM  
Blogger jem said...

I like the way the first line sets the scene and the second two reinforce it.

4:55 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Gina and jem. Gina, I wanted to suggest that it looked as though the moonlight were part of the chrysanthemums' essence, and I felt that "full of" said this more clearly.

7:02 AM  
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