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The much needed rains have taken a day off here at our home. The break in the rains allow the opportunity to do a couple of chores on the little patio. The wooden clogs purchased sixteen summers ago are rehung for display. Looking a little worse for wear these days but still great to bring back good memories. Vines are trimmed back from the smoker, Buddha and angel. With the lack of rain in previous years, the landscaping has a few bare areas. With the help of the worms composting our kitchen waste there is good soil to add to the bare spots. Some seeds, a little moisture and a summer garden may be born.
clop clop echoes
from the passing wayfarer
a bow and nod
© Janice Adcock
A portion of the inspiration post:
Of course it wasn't easy to walk on these tengu ("one barred" wooden clogs) certainly not in the mountains, but En no Goja used them always. So it's not a strange idea that Basho prays to the wooden clogs, the tengu (one barred), because he needed the strength for his journey.
natsu yama ni ashida o ogamu kadode kana
a summer mountain
I pray to the wooden clogs
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on