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

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Location: New York, New York

Haiku is to poetry as espresso is to coffee.

Friday, April 22, 2011


spring breeze
somebody's dog running free
or nobody's

I'll be running free for a couple of weeks. I'll be back around May 10. Stay well.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


in the water I draw

Ringai ?-?

For an explanation of "afters," see the post for Nov. 2, 2010

Sunday, April 17, 2011


a friend has died

First published in Notes from the Gean

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


the colors
in an old quilt
autumn deepens

First published in Acorn

Sunday, April 10, 2011

spring moon

spring moon drifting from dream to dream

First published in Notes from the Gean; one of my rare one-liners

Thursday, April 07, 2011

after: 18

even neglected
the potted plant flourishes –
spring day

Shiki 1866-1902

For an explanation of "afters," see the post for Nov. 2, 2010

Monday, April 04, 2011

long afternoon

long afternoon
a squirrel's leap
from tree to tree

Shiki Kukai, March 2011

kigo" "signs of spring"

Like "long day, " "long afternoon"is a traditional spring kigo. To be sure, summer days are longer still, but our awareness that the days are growing longer is a phenomenon of spring.

Friday, April 01, 2011

April 1

bare branches
beaded with raindrops
April Fool's Day