Old bent pine

leans on his stick

softly stirred by

warm Kanazawa

breeze

No – of course it’s not a real haiku. But it’s hard to resist the impulse to try summoning a mood, a scene, a feeling, in seventeen syllables. In Kanazawa, in the Kenroku-en gardens, there are many ancient trees propped up by wooden stakes.

Seventeen syllables

do not a haiku make

necessarily

 

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