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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


I'll be taking a break until August 5 or so. Stay well, my friends.

night in Manhattan
trusting the stars
to be where they belong

Monday, July 17, 2006


watching the clouds
drift and dissolve
a day on the lake

Friday, July 14, 2006

dead tree

dead tree
the full moon
in its branches

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

no moon

no moon
but something
lights the path

Monday, July 10, 2006

Zidane's folly (la folie de zidane)

head butt
which end
is up?

old neighborhood

old neighborhood
Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's
in Spanish

Thursday, July 06, 2006

companion piece

This tanka comes out of the same moment as the senryu posted under the heading "fourth." As polona's comment on that poem suggests, it may not be clear to all readers, and especially to readers outside the United States. A reminder: The fourth of July is Independence Day, which celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence: "America's birthday," as some say. Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, is a Mexican national holiday, widely celebrated among Mexicans living in the United States.

Fourth of July
my Mexican neighbor
hands me a hamburger
Mexican food's fine, she says,
for Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


This is a tribute to my neighbors in Queens NY, the most ethnically diverse county in the United States:

Fourth of July
best time we've had
since Cinco de Mayo