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a man enters
the room, disturbing the scent
of daffodils
– Yoshino Yoshiko

If the scent of daffodils is too subtle, imagine a room with paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus) or a large bouquet of lilies. Or imagine the windows open and breezes wafting scent from a lilac fully blooming. What room or house comes to mind? In what city? Was it warm out? Did you hear traffic noise? Or conversation? Who walked into the room?


Far Beyond the Field, Haiku by Japanese Women, An Anthology. Compiled, Translated, and with an Introduction by Makoto Euda. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003 (Yoshino Yoshiko b. 1915; p 148).