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Wednesday, August 08, 2012


Rust Belt
an empty house at the end
of autumn

First published in A Hundred Gourds


Blogger John McDonald said...

Q4love it bill

8:51 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

why is Rust Belt in caps is it the name of a place

much love...

9:49 AM  
Blogger Monika said...

I didn't understand this haiku before I read about Rust Belt in Wikipedia. Now I'm able to appreciate it fully - especially the "house at the end of autumn".

12:03 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, John.

Gillena, I find that "Rust Belt" is commonly capitalized, although most Americans would recognize the term with or without capitals. It refers to an area of the US fallen on economic hard times due to the withdrawal or decline of large-scale manufacturing.

Thanks for mentioning the Wikipedia article, Monika. It's a good place to start for anyone who wants more information.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Frank... said...

I too was puzzled by 'Rust Belt'. Once people leave decay seems to set in quickly. Nice observation, Bill...

5:18 AM  
Blogger Danièle Duteil said...

I did like Monika and know i can really appreciate this haiku !

11:11 AM  
Blogger Adelaide said...

another good one, Bill


1:57 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Frank, Daniele, and Adelaide. Just got back rom a long weekend in the mountains with a side trip to the opera in Cooperstown NY.

11:03 AM  

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