Adjusting to life's changes with hope… through poetry, haiku, and commentary

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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