Iris and Strength Reversed: Christine

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Irises blue bloom
Among the bones of old dreams
Every springtime
Beauty breeding its false hopes—
Again—pretty—so pretty

(for Christine)

Depth Charge: While looking for Japanese poetry that references the iris, I came across a haiku by Shushiki:

Dead my old fine hopes
And dry my dreaming, but still…
Iris, blue each spring

I could totally hear Morticia Addams saying these lines, which immediately brings my friend Christine to mind. Then there is, of course, the inescapable T.S. Eliot, give or take a month.

This year for my birthday we are having fun with Hanafuda and Tarot cards.

To see all the Hanafuda/Tarot tanka posted to date, click here.

To read the chapbook Happy Birthday Hanafuda by Andrew Grimes Griffin just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”


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