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The Sweet Bean Movie in Haiku

cherry blossoms in
spring and a flutter of wind
he must start early

sentaro performs
pancake griddle ritual
for dorayaki

wanaka and her
high school friends eat these ho-hum
sweet cakes every day

he buys red bean paste
in bulk but tokue creates
from scratch by her heart

she has a secret
she is in her seventies
tokue is hired on

in dark of early
morning she teaches him how
to make the best an

wanaka and friends
love the new dorayaki
new customers come

word of mouth reveals
tokue’s secret and cherry
blossoms quickly fall

it is cold now and
wanaka and sentaro
miss tokue a lot

they visit her where
she has lived her secret for
so much of her life

their bond is special
they give much to each other
his heart makes her an

cherry blossoms in
spring and a flutter of wind
he must start early

a sweet story for
those with a gentle heart not
critical spirit

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Poet, Writer, US Army (Retired)

I dreamed of writing when I was a youngster. The love of books and writing may have helped to dull the pain of severe sexual abuse as I was sexually abused by two men at my father’s place of work from age 8 to 12 or so. I learned about this for the first time when I was 50 years old. So, as a boy, reading was the only place I had to go to. My fantasy world was better and safer than my real world. I loved reading and writing.
Reading books and writing poetry are a joy to me still and are an important part of my life. (See my About Me page on my blog for the complete profile.)

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