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US Citizenship Achieved & Recognition in Haiku

These are some haiku poems that a client wrote in relation to her naturalization, and pictures from the event.

“I would like to express my gratitude to my young friend and benefactor Reiko Hillyer. It was her steadfast support and guidance that helped me obtain, after 43 years of living in America, my long-desired US citizenship. It is for her, with deep appreciation, that I compose these seven haiku.”

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星条旗家毎に翻る時は春
countless Stars and Stripes
over every house wave —
spring is in the air

宣誓の逞しき手や百合香る
to pledge allegiance
my hand raised and resolute —
sweet smell of lilies

國籍は変れど新しき地球の民
my citizenship
may have changed but my new home
is the wider world.

憲法はポエジーを知る夏木立
the Constitution
is a grove of summer trees
fresh poems on each bud

学生は州の名唱え踊りけり
students sing and dance
voices proudly reciting
the names of the states

個の幸福を追求の國バラ繁る
in my new country
the pursuit of happiness —
roses in full bloom

アメリカは民族の坩堝春爛漫
the United States
the melting pot of the world —
spring colors ablaze

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