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.

Friday, February 19, 2010


I'll be taking a short break. See you around the middle of March. Stay well, my friends.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


last of his line
the year of his death
still uncarved

[First published at Temps libre.]

Sunday, February 14, 2010


shaking the snow
from a dozen roses–
Valentine's Day

I posted this at Gillena's blog two days ago.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


snow forecast
I take another sip
black no sugar

I've posted this at Juliet's* and tikkis's** blogs over the last few days

*one day before the snow
**one day after, but with more expected early next week

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


snow snow snow
as the days
grow longer

Sunday, February 07, 2010


Groundhog Day
the toddler points
at her shadow

[I posted this one at tikkis's and kristin's blogs in response to poems of theirs.]

Saturday, February 06, 2010


New Year's dawn
she tells me
I'm her first

[Shiki kukai, January 2010. The assigned kigo was first [of the year], a common Japanese kigo that is not generally recognized elsewhere. As a lark, I decided to make "first" a little more ambiguous. If I had been writing a straight haiku, I would not have included both "first" and "New Year's," since that would be a double kigo; not absolutely forbidden, but generally to be avoided. Scored a grand total of 3 points.]

Thursday, February 04, 2010


old photo
the branches frozen
in black and white

Monday, February 01, 2010


she whispers
are you awake . . .
rain at the window

[Shiki Kukai, January 2010]