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Four haiku

Natural moments in seventeen syllables.
By Tom Stites
Fall 2007 8.18.07

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Yellow butterfly
finds the garden’s last blossoms—
red maple leaf twirls.
    In my backyard,
    Newburyport, Massachusetts
    October 15, 2000

High tide’s icy crust,
shattered now in the shallows,
will float again soon.
    Plum Island, December 26, 2000

Dry sand’s crust gives way
under the bare foot of spring
—sudden moist coolness.
    Plum Island beach, May 30, 2004

July spectacle—
ahead, lightning; behind, sun;
look right! A rainbow.
    On the way to Maine, July 12, 2001

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