Your fingers — a haiku

Young man in black robe arranges ferns on the white-painted back of a young Butoh dancer
Young man in black robe arranges ferns on the white-painted back of a young Butoh dancer
Ikebana friend and Butoh friend preparing for a photo shoot in a Kyoto garden, 1992

your fingers
fronding my spine—
green waters


Haiku written in a workshop at Palmerston North on Valentine’s Day 2019. Poem and photo cc by 2.0 Rachel McAlpine: copy and share as you please, with attribution.

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Cherry blossom

8617013454_2779b44d5c_z.jpgCherry blossom

A pink steam tickles your eyes.
You choose the petit mal
of petals and perfume.


photo of cherry blossom at Daigoji Temple by Ryuta Kawakami CC BY,  poem by Rachel McAlpine CC BY