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For Bashō and Issa (Understory, 2018)

Authors: 
Rob Jackson
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
Understory

For Bashō and Issa

Why did they give their
lives to haiku, coloring
within the same lines

of a poem’s form,
never breaking free to dance
with the maple seeds

spinning through the air
or ride the winds like snowflakes?
Were cherry blossoms

the reason?  Did they
watch petals tear like wet skin
and wonder, each spring,

how can I save them,
never melting in sunlight,
never touching the ground?