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

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Night before Christmas

Christmas Eve
a couple of guys smoking
outside a singles bar
I hope that all of you make all the right connections--with family, friends, and, where appropriate, with interesting strangers (possibly even in singles bars)--over the holidays and into the new year. See you on or about January 2.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


the years . . .
she answers my question
before I ask it
[This is a revised version of one I posted at Angelika's blog in response to one of hers.]

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


This was originally posted at gautami's blog, in response to a poem of hers.

snowy day
hugging the clothes
out of the dryer

Sunday, December 14, 2008


This haiku, first published in the premiere issue of Magnapoets, January 2008, and posted here in February 2008, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

snow in the city
nobody home
in the cardboard box

Thursday, December 11, 2008

diary #3

my old diary
the name is familiar
but . . .
[This completes the "old diary" series, three poems submitted to the Sketchbook kukai for November. This one finished out of the money, but I confess to a certain fondness for it; you know what they say about one's ugly children.]

Monday, December 08, 2008

diary #2

old diary
the thoughts I tried
to cross out
[Third place, Sketchbook kukai, November 2008]

Thursday, December 04, 2008


new year
my old diary full
of empty pages
[First place, Sketchbook Kukai, November 2008; assigned topic: old diary]

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


turning cold
an old man asks
what day it is
[Shiki Kukai, November 2008]