Carpe Diem if taken in my hand

if taken in my hand
it would vanish in hot tears
autumn frost             
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

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My inspiration is not for mother’s lost but for mother’s who have lost.

new buds frosted
withering on the vine
fruit untasted

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broken branches
no roses in my garden
thorn in my hand

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trampled plant
bud broken before flowering
wilting in my hand

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my garden
blanketed in snow
awaiting spring
dreams melt in my hand
glistening tears holding hope

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