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Sniff of Water


Painting by Japanese woodblock artist Koson Ohara

 a sniff of water

the intuition of animals

in the wild

to replenish their needs

no matter how far away

Tanka/Waka by Carmen Sterba

Not Black and White

Passing by the old Cedars, we see half black and white feathers scattered on the ground. Inspecting them, we identify that they belong to a Mourning Dove. Wondering what kind of animal would attack like this, we consider a cat or a Raccoon. It could not have been one of our neighbors, the Mule Deer since they are Vegetarians. The unknown question is why couldn’t it fly away? The family of Mourning Doves has vacated our field for good.


wayward wind

as usual the dove

coos true



Haibun (prose and haiku) and Photo by Carmen Sterba