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 27, 2012

a toast

a toast
to the departing year –
snow turns to rain . . .

A slightly different version of this was entered in the Shiki Monthly Kukai, December 2012

And here's a toast to all of us. Let's make it a good one!

Monday, December 24, 2012


All the joys of the season and blessings through the new year, my friends.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Thank you, Mr. LaPierre

on guard –
good guy with a gun shoots
himself in the foot

A response to the NRA's positive contribution to discussions about gun violence in the USA: one death every 20 minutes, and that's not counting the wounded.  

Friday, December 21, 2012

Frosty II

Just foolin' around:

snowy evening
the road less traveled
doesn't love a wall

Thursday, December 20, 2012


passing by woods
on a snowy evening . . .
my unkept promises

First published in A Hundred Gourds

If this reminds you of something you've read somewhere, it should.

Monday, December 17, 2012

why (Newtown CT, 14 Dec 2012)

why ? well –
he had 
these guns . . .

Walking around the mall yesterday, I wanted to hug every child I saw.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


no camera
to let go

Posted as a comment at Juliet's blog

Monday, December 10, 2012


I've been spending too much time blocking anonymous comments (aka spam) lately, and I'm trying to deal with the problem. This may produce some complications at the blog over the next few days, but I hope that whatever problems do arise can be quickly resolved. I do not want to block any legitimate comments.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

journey's end

journey's end
my shadow somewhere
in the night

International Kukai, November, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012


waiting room
the steady hum
of the fish tank

Posted as a comment at Frank's blog.

Sunday, December 02, 2012


after a storm
the absence
of a tree

In memory of Robert Bauer. died Dec. 2, 2012


mountain in the mist
the distance from here
to anywhere

Shiki Kukai, November 2012. Assigned kigo: mist