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, April 28, 2009


moonset Literary Newspaper invites haiku poets to submit their signature haiku. Here's mine. It's a revision of one I posted here, in the original version, in 2006. The original took first place in the Shiki Kukai for April 2006, so this is a kind of anniversary, if you're sentimental about those things.

February wind
I want to believe
the crocus

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Assisi sunset
the pilgrims gather
at a gift shop

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

earth day

she prays the seed
into the earth
April 22 is EarthDay. Click on "gillena" in the list of blogs to the left to see a sequence of Earth Day haiku.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


five o'clock
forsythia at the end
of the tunnel

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


first light
an unknown bird
sings me awake
[First published at Temps libre]

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Easter Sunday
she teaches her grandchild
to light a candle
Happy Easter and best wishes of the season.

Thursday, April 09, 2009


Here's one I recently posted at tikkis's blog, in response to one of his. I don't know whether it stands alone or not; maybe you had to be there.

low tide
I check
my watch

Saturday, April 04, 2009


Here's one I posted at Elaine Erig's attractive and interesting blog; you can access the blog by clicking on Elaine's name at her post on "garden."

the mountain I've seen
in so many paintings . . .
changing light

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


my friend thinks I should friend
a friend of her friend