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.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29

the old man takes
his first walk in months
leap day

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


deep winter
a basket of knitting
warms her lap

John MacDonald wrote a knitting-ku. Tikkis answered John's with one of his own. I left this as a comment at both of their blogs.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

going out

going out to see
the daffodil shoots
I dress warmly

Just posted as a comment at Annie Juhl's Water Dragon blog


Thursday, February 23, 2012

the sound

the sound
of my own footsteps . . .
winter dawn

First place, Caribbean Kigo Kukai, February 2012. Kigo: "footsteps"

Saturday, February 18, 2012

a closer look

the doctor wants
to take a closer look . . .
coffee gone cold

le docteur demande

à voir de plus près . . .

la café refroidi

First published at Tempslibre. French translation by Serge Tome

Thursday, February 16, 2012

One more honor

This haiku, which has been previously posted at this blog, has recently been recognized as one of the ten most popular haiku to appear in The Heron's Nest in the year 2011

the difference
a sparrow makes –
bare branches

On the basis of four poems published in the same journal over the year, I have been identified as one of the year's "popular poets."

The complete archives of The Heron's Nest are available online. Go to www.theheronsnest.com

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

anthology pieces

I am honored to have two of my poems selected for Carving Darkness: The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku 2011

mood ring
what she's not
telling me

a voice that says
my call is important
cold rain

Both have been previously posted at this blog. "mood ring" was an entry in the Shiki Monthly Kukai for December 2010 (it ran out of the money). "a voice" was first published in Modern Haiku.

This marks the fifth time in six years that I have been included in this anthology. For further information on this and other publications of the Red Moon Press, go to www.redmoonpress.com.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day
she tells him how much
he loves her

Friday, February 10, 2012


morning after . . .
I think her name
begins with L

Monika's translation of this can be found among the comments on "kiss," february 5.

As Monika has reminded me, the original of this was a response to a comment on "kiss." I've made a slight revision in line 2. Let me know if you have a preference.

Sunday, February 05, 2012


midnight kiss
still making promises
to myself

Shiki Kukai January 2012; kigo: New Year's resolutions

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

snow in the city

snow in the city
the homeless man
deep in a doorway

Second place, Shiki Kukai, January 2012.