A blog devoted mainly to haiku and senryu and to thoughts about, and inspired by, haiku and senryu.

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Haiku is to poetry as espresso is to coffee.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

winter tree

winter tree
letting in
the dark

Shiki Kukai, January 2013. Assigned keyword: window

Sunday, January 27, 2013

first calm

after the holidays
familiar strangers
at the bus stop

Shiki Kukai, January 2013. Assigned kigo: "first calm," that is, first of the new year. This "first" business is derived from traditional Japanese haiku and is well grounded in traditional Japanese culture. It has never traveled well, and there is no reason it should. Even in Japan, it's a throwback to the old lunar calendar, according to which the year began on the threshold of spring. Thus, the arrival of the new year was followed almost immediately by the first signs of spring, which were celebrated in poetry.

Around here, January 2 is just another winter day.

Monday, January 21, 2013

at the mall

at the mall
in search of discounts
Martin Luther King Day

Saturday, January 19, 2013


year's end
8 movies
on my 10-best list

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

long night

long night . . .
another minute
clicks into place

First published in Frogpond

Sunday, January 13, 2013

book chat

book chat
her opinion
of my Kindle

Posted as a comment at Gillena's blog

Wednesday, January 09, 2013


my kitchen window
the moon in the middle
of the sky

Sunday, January 06, 2013


winter moon
a tired old man
in my mirror

I've been too busy to spend as much time as I'd like at my blog or yours, but things are clearing up.