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Haiku by Taneda Santoka323baeaa4d6a425b7afa976b6f3a4e7b

it may be sunset
but still there is no inn
shrikes sing


the dry parched stones
roll and roll


the days are short
evening comes quickly
my backpack is so heavy


birds in the rain
they have nothing to eat


soaking wet
I can’t read the letters
on the signpost


sitting by myself
the mosquitoes
won’t leave me alone


today, still alive
I stretch out my feet


some life remains
I scratch my body


the mountain stillness
makes the rain still


the sky at sunset
a cup of sake
would taste so good!


wearily I return to my hut
the moon fills the sky


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