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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


after the funeral
the glasses
she never could find

Third place, Shiki Monthly Kukai, September 2014; assigned topic: "lost/found"

Monday, September 22, 2014


Yesterday, Sunday September 21, Pat and I were among the 300-400,000 people who joined in the People's Climate March in New York City


We marched with the interfaith contingent, which included representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Paganism, and, on the Ark that was leading the way, at least one professed atheist. There were clergymen, clergywomen, nuns (both Buddhist and Roman Catholic), and, of course, lots of just plain people of faith – all moving in one direction

march for Planet Earth
a sister of mercy
steps on my foot


evening calm
her garden the color
of moonlight

Indi Kukai September 2014; Kigo: "moon"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

in line

in line
for the r-rated movie
my daughter

In the US, the "r" rating means children under 18 not admitted unless accompanied by an adult.

Pure fiction otherwise. I've never had a daughter. I posted it as a comment at Gillena's blog. It's not about her daughter, either.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


voting for change
another autumn
in the wind

Posted as a comment at Juliet's blog. Scotland, her home, is voting September 18 on the issue of whether to declare independence from England.

Yesterday was also primary election, in which candidates for November's general election are chosen, in New York and elsewhere. Most incumbents were easily renominated, many of them in areas in which one party enjoys a dominance that makes November's outcome pretty much a foregone conclusion.

A few of the incumbents renominated in New York are currently under indictment.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


kiddie swings
the toddler lets go
of my finger

Friday, September 05, 2014


waving goodbye
her words taken
by the wind

Shiki Kukai, August 2014, Topic: goodbye/parting words

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


nine pounds eleven ounces
a cloud begins 
to find its shape

Posted at magyar's blog as a tribute to his just born grand-nephew

And here's one more

weighing the  baby . . .
a new meaning 
to 9-11

Monday, September 01, 2014


sunflower on a cloudy day her smile

Shiki Kukai, August 2014; Kigo: sunflower