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still comes to the fallen
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When I considered the American culture I have lived in all my life, there were any number of reasons to believe that, for better or worse, it would keep going along as it has for the foreseeable future. There was a lot wrong with it; still, it seemed rooted more or less stably in its own traditions. But that turned out to be wrong… One day I was gazing at the white blossoms of a camellia bush when one of them suddenly gave a little shiver…and then fell right off onto the ground. It had been on the verge of falling the whole time I stood there gazing at it…and I hadn’t known.
It was shocking.
how close it was to falling
while I gazed at it
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after a night
resting on the fence
in every petal
of my flamenco skirt
a red dancer
in my face
the true colors
of the family
Nurtured by Nature: Notes and Credits
Clark Strand is the haiku selector and columnist for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. He lives in Woodstock. New York.
Alicia Viguer-Espert is a poet from Spain living in Los Angeles who loves visiting the Huntington Gardens especially in camellia season.
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