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Book of the Week: The Tree As It Is

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Bernard Lionel Einbond was a charter member of the Haiku Society of America, and won the Japan Air Lines Contest in 1989 with a poem that legitimized the English-language haiku enterprise to many in Japan and elsewhere. This 2000 volume from Red Moon Press shows where he had moved on to since then.

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

All haiku in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

morning sunshine-
in her plain brown hair
a thousand colors

in the museum,
this three-thousand- year-old comb,
so clearly a comb

long corridors
of the school I attended
still haunting my dreams

still roving
over parched fields-
wanderers' dreams

how noisy
it must be up close-
the sun

identical layout-
the apartment downstairs
where my best friend lived

blue water-
each drop of it
colorless

after the rainfall,
following an ice-cream stick
in the gutter stream

in the New York rian,
the pavement darkens its grey-
yellow taxicabs

there in the distance
the Statue of Liberty-
on deck my eyes moist

tossing from the deck
crumbs to be caught
by gulls in mid-air

as the train pulls out
a child flattening her nose
against the window

the old violin
even when not being played
a thing of beauty

Old Master portrait-
whichever way I go
its eyes follow me

bootprints in fresh snow-
a young boy looking backward
at where he has been

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