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.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

boxing day

Boxing Day
the homeless man
sleeps late

This was directly inspired by a "boxing day" ku written by my friend Chen-ou Liu.

Further information on Boxing Day, for those who may not be familiar with it, is available at Wikipedia

after: 24

the lanterns lit
this holiday eve
nobody around

after Hosai (1885-1926)

Friday, December 23, 2011


Christmas angel –
lifting my granddaughter
to the top of the tree

Christmas blessings to all, and may your year be filled with haiku moments.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

15 december 2011

war's end
I cross an item
off my to-do list

Monday, December 19, 2011


winter solstice
the teenagers make a vow
for now

(Jumping the gun by a few days, I know. In spite of the kigo, this feels more like senryu to me. Maybe it's haikyu or senryku.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

after: 23

a stray cat
crying in the garden

After Shiki (1866-1902)

Friday, December 09, 2011


midnight swim
the curve of her hip
in my hand

First published in Notes from the Gean

En francais (Monika's translation)

bain de nuit
la courbe de sa hanche
dans ma main

Monday, December 05, 2011


random thoughts
the bath water
gone tepid

Shiki Kukai, November 2011; keyword: BATH

Thursday, December 01, 2011


crisp wind
the taste of the apple
just after picking

First published in Tempslibre, where it is translated into French:

vent piquant
le gout de la pomme
juste cueillie