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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

spring sky

spring sky . . .
a cloud parting
from itself

First published in kernels

Saturday, April 27, 2013


sitting on this stone
where a wall used to be . . .
the gentle rain

Third place, Caribbean Kigo Kukai, April 2013. Kigo: stone

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


first dandelion!
and the second
and the . . .
. . . . . . . . . . 
. . .

Sunday, April 21, 2013

old pond

old pond
the frog
blinks first

First published in Kernels, a new e-journal

As some of you will be aware, this is neither the first old pond nor the first frog in the history of haiku.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I have just learned that I am one of eight recipients of the 2012 Touchstone Award for haiku, awarded by the Haiku Foundation

The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems are bestowed annually on haiku and senryu that represent noteworthy additions to English-language haiku in the estimation of a distinguished panel of haiku poets, editors and scholars. The Awards are open to any English-language haiku or senryu published in the current calendar year. 

An honor indeed. The haiku singled out, which has been posted here before, is

first date
the way she pronounces
Van Gogh

Monday, April 15, 2013


morning breeze
an infant's smile
at the young leaves

I posted a slightly different version of this as a comment at Gillena's blog, which is cooled by the breezes of the Caribbean.

Friday, April 12, 2013

first spring day

first spring day
in my pocket I find
an acorn

Left as a comment at Daniele's blog, which is always worth a visit if you read French.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

half full

my cup half full
of lukewarm coffee . . .
morning gray

Shiki Kukai, March 2013, keyword "sky colors"

Thursday, April 04, 2013


autumn breeze
a butterfly drifting
out of the garden

International Kukai, March 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


down time . . .
a caterpillar
changes direction

Second place, Shiki Monthly Kukai, March 2013

Monday, April 01, 2013


April Fools' Day
she smiles at a joke
I've told before

Left a moment ago as a comment at Gillena's blog