Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Room of My Own: The Past Is A Foreign Country

hometown memories
wrapped in shared privacy
the old dog and I

now in Taipei
and dreaming of Taipei...
first hometown visit

a spider web
in winter sunlight
threads of memory 


  1. The title comes from Leslie Poles Hartley's 1953 novel, titled The Go-Between, whose opening sentence is as follows:

    The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there", has become almost proverbial.

  2. The second haiku alludes to one of Basho"s:

    Even in Kyoto --
    hearing the cuckoo's cry --
    I long for Kyoto.