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

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Thursday, March 29, 2012


memories of a place
I've never been

First place, Caribbean Kigo Kukai, March 2012. Kigo: saltfish

According to Gillena Cox, who is based in Trinidad-Tobago, saltfish is a favorite during carnival season. Originally poor people's food, it has become quite fashionable. Along with my haiku, I sent Gillena this message:

I haven't had saltfish since I was a kid; for us, it was Depression food, consistent with what you said about its history in your part of the world – a poor people's food that the rich have caught on to.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I wonder

bare branches . . .
I wonder how many
more winters

First published in One Hundred Gourds

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


black no sugar
I turn
to my horoscope

[The "daily horoscope" is a feature of many American newspapers.]

I left this on March 17 at Polona's blog. It was directly inspired by her

steaming coffee
the fortune teller
pours in some milk

Sunday, March 18, 2012


first warm night
trust me
she says

Left as a comment at Andrew's blog

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


out early . . .
I exchange greetings
with a violet

I left a slightly different version of this as a comment at Rita Odeh's blog.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


my neighbor's
ancient cat . . .
I blink first

A slightly different version of this was left as a comment at Juliet's blog.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

sun in the city

sun in the city
one of those shadows
is mine

Left as a comment, in a slightly different version, at Dalloway's blog

Sunday, March 04, 2012

cold dawn

another cold dawn
she whispers me
back to bed

Shiki Kukai February 2012; Kigo "lingering cold"