Around this time of year, I sometimes see plums dried in the gardens of houses to be umeboshi or a kind of traditional food consisting of preserved plums. My late mother was a very good umeboshi maker who made beautiful umeboshi every year. A funny thing about this is she never ate umeboshi because she hated tartness.
Imitating the stars in the sky/
Range and dry the plums/
To make umeboshi or pickled plums/
Half shaded earth/
I dry the plums to make into pickled plums/
Calligraphy and translation by Chio
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