Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,143 Points (25 July 1956)

Kozogami Haikus - Poem by Diane Hine

Castoff outer bark
in shreds is a mussed up sketch
in iron-gall ink.

Stripped mulberry sticks:
Daidarabotchi’s toothpicks
tossed in leafy greens.

Cylindrical flesh:
the inner bark unwinding
in a stewing pot.

Japanese tissue
paper, pegged out in the sun
like a droughty cloud.

Kozogami threads,
wet-torn, unravel like breeze
parted thistledown.

Feather in a web:
painted with thin glue, a long-
fibered patch will knit…

an over-thumbed page;
fragile, bruised and tatty-edged
as worn human skin…

to splint a paper-
making sketch or mend a dis-
assembling poem.

Topic(s) of this poem: haiku


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Kozogami: thin mending paper, handmade from the inner bark of the kozo plant (paper mulberry tree) .
Daidarabotchi: a mythological giant.

Comments about Kozogami Haikus by Diane Hine

  • Mantu Mahakul (3/22/2015 9:30:00 PM)


    Feather in web painted in wonderful way really in this poem shared. Fantastic poem. Nice sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (3/22/2015 8:31:00 PM)


    I enjoyed these very much. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 22, 2015



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