Hokku for the Taste of Seasons

harvest of dirty hands
of an emptied garden –
frostbite of turnips and greens.

blossoming pink petals
of salmon, spears of leeks –
a palate buds on the tongue.

white grapes plucked
from sun-sweet vines –
suddenly: raindrops in hand.

gathering gourds
from a smolder of leaves,
spoons dipping for soup.

Matthew Gilbert is a recent graduate from the M.A. program in English Literature at East Tennessee State University. He has served as the 2018-2019 editor of the student-based literary journal The Mockingbird. His work has appeared in Echoes and Images, The Mockingbird, The Red Mud Review, and Delta Poetry Review.

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