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Issue #16 Oregon Cascades and Smith Rock, October 11 - 18, 2001. haiku and drawings: Jonathan Machen, with haiku additions by Michael Conti

vermillion sponge
colonizing every niche
mossy forest floor

unlike the toadstool
that slowly pushes the earth
this toad hops away

ferns kissing my feet
their affection seemingly
nourished by the rain

this salmon carcass
found on the tributary
of the Mackenzie

the round white cap stood
hidden low beneath the ferns
a mushroom quite proud

hunters with a mule
express their disappointment
to have missed a kill

solo/group kukai
jonathan machen