Autumn leaves a handful of etegami

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This first etegami, of a maple leaf, with poetry from Shoutetsu (正徹), was mailed to Gail for a (late! sorry!) birthday..  Poem is titled “Grass roots”, and the words translate to:  “I hear the wind/ in the mountain trees / and the voices of the leaves/ blown through air/ then let go, falling” (see Ooka Makoto’s Oriori no Uta: Poems for All Seasons (New York: Kodansha, 2002).

The colors of fall inspired quite a few cards, here are a few more… A couple with poetry from Emily Dickinson (“The maple wears a gayer scarf”), and one with lyrics from Sufjan Stevens.

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