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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


unheard melodies
in the summer wind
shadows dancing

Third place, Caribbean Kigo Kukai. A bit poetical for my taste, but I guess I was in the mood.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


almost all 
I'll ever know

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


power plant . . .
a world without birds
or plants

This began as a reflection on a news story about the harm being done to birds by solar power plants. Recognizing that solar power is a less bad option than available alternatives, I widened the view to include power plants in general.

But have we reached a point in our despoiling of the planet where the less bad option is the best we can hope for?

Monday, February 23, 2015


oscar also-ran
at a weekday matinee
I am the audience

Friday, February 13, 2015


ps: Since posting "56" I have learned that the correct number might be 67. Seems the House has lost count, too.        

Monday, February 09, 2015

what he says

what he says about
a nuclear winter . . .
snow softly falling

I've just posted a slightly different version of this at Daniele's blog. The haiku to which I was responding was written to the prompt "nuclear."

Saturday, February 07, 2015


In my most recent post I noted that I have lost count of how many times the US House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. I can now report that, as of this posting, the number is 56.

John McCain, US Senator from Arizona and Republican presidential candidate in 2008, recently asked, "Isn't that the definition of insanity, voting for the same bill over and over again?"*

To be sure, he wasn't talking about voting to repeal Obamacare in the House, but of voting to defund the Department of Homeland Security in the Senate. But the principle seems applicable in both cases, and, after all, the Senate has only voted on defunding three times. So far.

*According to an article in Salon, this is the most overused cliche of all time. And, in the interests of accuracy, it's doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Let's get our cliches straight.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


House votes
to repeal Obamacare
snow on snow

Am I the only one who has lost count of how often the House of Representatives (or, more precisely, its Republican members) has done this? Ah, well, every "major political party" should have a hobby.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015


winter gray
a jet engine whines across
my nerves

grisaille invernale
le couinement d'un moteur
me tape sur les nerfs

I posted my haiku as a comment at Daniele's blog, and she responded with this elegant translation.

Monday, February 02, 2015


first pussy willow
I open my notebook
of unfinished poems

The pussy willow was sighted in Scotland by our friend Juliet, the crafty green poet. This ku was posted as a comment at her blog.