Daily Haiku: Jan. 24, 2021

something
out of antiquity
the pine beetle’s pose
 
 
 
by Marje Dyck (Canada)
Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, October 2020
 
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Tanka by Paul Beech

TANKA

floral smock chalky

she holds the new boy close

wipes his terrified tears

and lets him sit

with the girls

by Paul Beech (Wales)

Poetry in the Plague Year, 2020

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 23, 2021

after a rain

smell of clover

… benign

 

by Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff  (USA)

Modern Haiku, 51:3, 2020

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 22, 2021

Below are three haiku from Australian Poet Gregory Piko’s new book, “breaking my journey.”

empty ocean

the shearwater’s belly

catches the sun

 

her cotton skirt

falls softly to the ground

steady rain

 

ragged edge

the cabbage moth’s wing

and the cabbage

 

This book was published by Red Moon Press last month.

www.redmoonpress.com

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 21, 2021

creak of a gate
an old turtle retires
into itself
 
 
 
 
by Nikolay Grankin (Russia)
Frogpond, Vol. 42:2, Spring/Summer 2019
 
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 20, 2021

a war veteran

with eyes closed

leaf viewing

 

by Elmedin Kadric (Sweden)

The Heron’s Nest, Vol. XXII, No. 2, June 2020

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 19, 2021

wooden pier
my reflection on the water
double loneliness
 
 
 
by Lidia Rozmus  (USA/Poland)
In Silence, International Art/Poetry Exhibit
 
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Haiku Sequence by Renée Owen

 

making art
at your bedside
the vibrancy of blue
 
 
faint footprints
all I love
in shadows
 

each breath
I hold for you
shavasana
 

your old quilt—
sleeping with the stars
between us
 

sweat bees
must I give up
everything
 

stream bubbles
so much of life
about choices
 
 Renée Owen (USA)
Frogpond, 35.1, 2012
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 18, 2021

cottonwood seeds in the wind

first morning

of an empty nest

 

by Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff (USA)

Honorable Mention

2021 Haiku Calendar, Snapshot Press

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Tanka by Mary Davila

Tanka
 
 
I blow dust
from an old polaroid
buried in the attic . . .
it seems like yesterday
dad told me to smile
 
 
by Mary Davila (USA)
red lights, 12:1, 2016
 
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 17, 2021

new boy in town
throwing snowballs
at his own snowman
 
 
 
by David Gershator (USA)
The Heron’s Nest, #7, 2005
 
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A Haiku Sequence by Mary Stevens

Toledo Steel

Sun side
of the arena
heated bull

within a whirling cape
the matador’s stance

Toledo steel—
he waves an ear
for the cheering crowd

workers rake sand
over the scent of blood

flamenco moon
the special at the inn
rabo de toro

 
by Mary Stevens (USA)
Presence, Issue 68, November  2020
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 16, 2021

senryu
 
 
my favorite doll
still talks when I pull the string
summer garage sale
 
 
 
by Sari Grandstaff (USA)
En Grand Prix Haiku Contest, 2012
 
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Free Verse by Mary Beth Bretzlauf

Waxing Lemons 
 
Memories of summertime 
Bring back those innocent days 
When lemonade could get us money 
When Grandma made the sweet tart treat 
fussing about in the kitchen
Apron on in this heat 
Cardboard table set up  
Front lawn our domain 
Sun the color of our fruit and
Watered down  
Melting ice cubes 
Forgotten on the quiet street 
By us –the lure of pogo sticks, 
Hopscotch too much to pass up 
Watery lemonade refreshing from our fun – 
No money made that day 
 
 
 
by Mary Beth Bretzlauf (USA)
Coffee, Tea and Other Beverages, 2018
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 15, 2021

dawn snow
a white lie
to stay in it
 
 
 
by David Kāwika Eyre (USA), Author
The Nothing That Is
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A Haiku Sequence by Michael Ketchek

Four Seasons of Sun

spring sun

for her he plucks flowers

from a neighbor’s garden

 

summer sun

his pregnant wife’s lips

dripping tomato

 

autumn sun

trying to brush the burrs

from her long brown hair

 

winter sun

the diamond he bought her

after his affair

 

by Michael Ketchek (USA)

Modern Haiku, 43.1, 2012

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 14, 2021

stop sign–
one last look
at my father’s house
 
 
 
by Yu Chang (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 31:3, 2008
 
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 13, 2021

senryu

snowy sidewalk–
footprints in a U-turn
at the army recruiters
 
by John J. Dunphy (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 31:3, 2008
 
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A Haiku Sequence by Donna Bauerly

leave taking

watching the lights go out 

one red maple         after 

another      

 

winter maples 

the red-haired girl 

  

knee deep in autumn 

remembering 

green

 

by Donna Bauerly (USA)

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 12, 2021

early snow
turning off the alarm
i watch silence
 
 
 
by Rick Daddario (USA)

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A Haiku Sequence by Frank Higgins

Death of a Friend     
 
chemo
her face lost
in the pillow
 
a final gift
smell of the rain
in the wet clogs
 
 empty bed
 fluffing the indent
 from the pillow
                        
 
                                                                       
by Frank Higgins  (USA)              
Frogpond, XX:1, Spring 1996
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 11, 2021

one ant drags another
I block a friend
on Facebook
 
 
by Mary Stevens (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 38:3, 2015
 
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A Haiku Sequence by Ruth Holzer

One April
 
deathwatch days  a cloud of gnats
 
April breeze  grieving for the living
 
Thursday’s child  she doesn’t know it’s there anymore 
 
so often crying wolf now the wolf crying for you
 
no more lovable when terminal
 
nursing home wing  they call it  Transition Care
 
at journey’s end another journey
 
disappearing into the light spring rain mother
 
                
by Ruth Holzer (USA)
LYNX, October 2013
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Tanka by Dorna Hainds

Tanka
 
tonight
i count the stars
maple leaves falling
one by one
without a sound
 
 
 
by Dorna Hainds (USA)
 
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 10, 2021

Sunday silence
raindrop in sun
on a leaf

 

by Ellen Grace Olinger (USA)

                                                       https://ellengraceolinger.wordpress.com/

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A Haiku Sequence by Doris Lynch

ON THE CUSP OF THE SOLSTICE
 
how quiet
the quiet before
winter dawn

first snowfall
the neighborhood runner
walks in tights

six crows
silent in a snowy field—
noon whistle

nickel-sized snowflakes
old man at the bus stop
wearing one glove

past midnight
can’t stay indoors
when the barred owl calls

not so close
small skunk

 
by Doris Lynch (USA)
LYNX: a Journal for Linking Poets, XXVII:1, February, 2012
 
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 9, 2021

senryu

stifling a yawn
in the company
of myself

 

by Tom Clausen (USA)

www.tomclausen.wordpress.com,

Jan. 29, 2014

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A Haiku Sequence by Roberta Beary

Baby​ ​Grand:​ ​a​ ​Haiku​ ​Sequence
 
 
under​ ​the​ ​piano
i​ ​hide​ ​from​ ​father 
i​ ​am​ ​5
 
pushing​ ​me​ ​off
the​ ​piano​ ​bench 
teenage​ ​breakdown
 
leaving​ ​home​ ​…
the​ ​piano​ ​also​ ​hides
deep​ ​cut​ ​scars
 
father’s​ ​death​ ​day
centered​ ​on​ ​the​ ​piano 
his​ ​chilly​ ​smile
 
inheritance​ ​— 
opening​ ​the​ ​piano 
childhood​ ​secrets fly​ ​away
 
 
 
by Roberta Beary (Ireland/USA)
Failed Haiku, Vol. 2, Issue 22, Oct. 2017
 
 

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 8, 2021

autumn . . .
colours
of the wind
 
 
by Nisha Raviprasad (India)
 
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A Haiku Sequence by Robert Witmer

waving goodbye
 
tiny hands reach
for mother’s breast
full moon
 
 
pollywogs in clear water
my first child
in my father’s arms
 
 
starting college
only one of us
waving goodbye
 
 
spring cleaning
nowhere to put
the kids’ childhood
 
 
calloused hands
the carpenter smooths
his daughter’s gown
 
 
a perfect spiral
from my aging father
autumn afternoon
 
 
her widowed voice
breaking
the news
 
 
wind
through holes
in my father sweater
 
 
my late mother’s birthday
cherry blossoms
choke the stream
 
 
old marble
streaked with rain
my father at mother’s grave
 
by Robert Witmer (Japan), Author
Finding a Way, Cyberwit, 2016
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Daily Haiku: Jan. 7, 2021

sweltering noon
the swing sways 
empty
 
 
by Bisshie (Switzerland)
Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, 3:2, Spring/Summer 2020 
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A Haiku Sequence by Peggy Bilbro

Above the Clouds

I check each night

for my childhood

Milky Way 

 

even this rock

with electrons in constant motion

another galaxy

 

each alone

observing social distance

solar system

 

words between

the dark matter

a poem forms

 

loose floating

nuts and bolts

orbit my mind

by Peggy Hale Bilbro (USA)

Hedgerow, 132, November 2020

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 6, 2021

a crow calls
through the mist
autumn chill 

 

by Susan Farner (USA)

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Vol. 4:1, Autumn-Winter 2020-2021

 

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A Haiku Sequence by Kathe Palka

Hershey Gardens

mid-October—

among the roses

a few slow bees

 

garden lovers

on nearly every bench

a dedication

 

in the arboretum

hiding among old pines

a young sequoia

 

chasing each other

in the children’s garden

chipmunks

 

overflowing

from a claw-foot tub planter

scent of Alyssum

 

air so sweet

you can taste it

Hershey Gardens

by Kathe Palka (USA)

LYNX, Feb. 2013

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 5, 2021

senryu
 
 
 
retirement day–
I move spam
to my inbox
 
 
by Lew Watts (USA)
Modern Haiku, 45:2, 2014
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A Haiku Sequence by Marilyn Fleming

The Biting Earth

newborn in a sling

her back stooped

gathering twigs

 

market baskets—

the art of teeth-splitting 

elephant grass

 

hands outstretched

in joyful patterns

catching guinea hens

 

banyan saplings

bitten and stripped

barkcloth

 

 by Marilyn Fleming (USA)

Presence #62, 2018

 

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 4, 2021

church bells
the cow bells
fade into
 
 
by Bisshie (Switzerland)
Modern Haiku, Summer 2020
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Free Verse by Michael Escoubas

Morning Chores in January

by Michael Escoubas

Dad would roust out

my brothers and me

on icy mornings

when the chill

in our upstairs rooms

wrapped us in a shawl

of ice-crystals.

Chores waited:

Holsteins needed emptying

their udders heavy with milk.

Lambs needed bottle-feeding

(the weak ones).

Cows needed hay

pitched down from the mow.

Acrid straw from horse-stalls

needed mucking

into the compost pile.

Needs, needs, needs—

I hated it then, at age ten.

Why then, do I hear myself

saying to my own boys,

as if channeling my Dad,

“You will thank me later.”

 

Michael Escoubas is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Monet in Poetry and Paint, Steve Henderson in Poetry and Paint, and Little Book of Devotions: Poems that Connect Nature, God and Man.

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 3, 2020

from my window
the maple tree blinks light . . .
all seems possible
 
 
 
by Mary Jo Balistreri (USA)
 
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Special to The Daily Haiku: Jan. 2, 2021

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The Nothing That Is  by David Kāwika Eyre

A masterful haiku collection of Eyre’s aesthetic experience with fresh images that capture the beauty and mysteries of nature, people, and creatures. The poet demonstrates astute observation and insights with each deeply-felt haiku. This book merits coming back to again and again to fully appreciate its revelations and wisdom, along with the sensitive and stunning artwork complementing the poetry.

–Charlotte Digregorio, Author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

 

Samples from Eyre’s collection:

 

on curve

of moon

morning

 

bones journal, Issue 20, 2020

 

low tide–

breathing moonlight

in and out

 

Frogpond, Spring-Summer Issue, 2019

 

winter dawn

a wave folds

and whitens

 

The Heron’s Nest, December 2020

 

For more information about this collection, published by Red Moon Press, click this link:

https://www.redmoonpress.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=32&products_id=347

 

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 2, 2021

dawn
mother’s kiss on my forehead
remembered
 
 
 
Paula Moore (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2012
 
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Haiku Sequence by Mac Greene

to life

since the diagnosis

tears well up

whenever I  say goodbye

 

I cry softly

and the rain too

 

I dream a grave

yellow        yellow

silver on the wind

dandelions

 

birds sing

I try to get used

to dying

 

what to do with  my ashes?

why do I care?

by Mac Greene (USA)

Frogpond, Vol. 42:2. Spring/Summer 2019

 

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Daily Haiku: Jan. 1, 2021

mind the gap
green gloves grip
what’s left
 
 
 
 
by Roberta Beary  (Ireland/USA)
noon: journal of the short poem
Issues 17 & 18, December 2020

 
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Tanka by an’ya

Tanka
 
 
 
nowadays
i measure my life
in sunsets
that lacquer the sea
with transient light
 
 
by an’ya (USA)
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Daily Haiku: Dec. 31, 2020

his hand

moves the hair back from her face . . .

mistral

 

la sua mano le sposta indietro i capelli… maestrale

 

by Lucia Cardillo (Italy)

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2020

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Daily Haiku: Dec. 30, 2020

senryu
 
 
wondering what he sees in her tulips
 
 
 
by Anna Maris (Sweden)
FemkuMag 7, 2019
 
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Daily Haiku: Dec. 29, 2020

gold maple leaf
dances
on the way
down
 
 
 
by Stephen M. Joseph (USA)
 

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Daily Haiku: Dec. 28, 2020

breath of sunrise
aroma of spring rain
yet to fall
 
 
 
by Barbara Tate (USA)
A Splash of Water
Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 2015
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Daily Haiku: Dec. 27, 2020

Chopin’s waltz
floating in the air
cherry petals
 
 
 
by Marta Chocilowska (Poland)
World Haiku Review
Autumn 2020 Honourable Mention
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Daily Haiku: Dec. 26, 2020

once again
you visit my dream–
pink camellias
 
 
 
by Paula Moore (USA)
 
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