Daily Haiku: April 22, 2019

senryu
hooked to catheter and headset
the old musician’s playing
an invisible guitar
 
by Margaret Peacock (USA)
Frogpond, XX:1, May 1997
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Daily Haiku: April 21, 2019

one deep breath

for a moment the pine

is part of me

 

by Harriot West (USA)

Editor’s Choice, #3

The Heron’s Nest, X:4, December 2008

 

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Daily Haiku: April 20, 2019

wild iris

a familiar song

in its throat

 

 

by Debbie Strange (Canada)

Readers’ Choice Awards, 2018

Shamrock Haiku Journal

 

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Daily Haiku: April 19, 2019

haunted graveyard

a summer breeze

unzips the grass

 

by Robert Witmer (Japan)

Presence, Issue 61, Summer 2018

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Daily Haiku: April 18, 2019

small town business

a meeting

of roadside crows

 

by Rich Schilling (USA)

bottle rockets, #40, 2019

 

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Daily Haiku: April 17, 2019

windy

I warm my hands with a pack

of roasted chestnuts

 

 

by Vessislava Savova (Bulgaria)

World Haiku Review, March 2018

 

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Daily Haiku: April 16, 2019

quiet rain
my signature
in his guestbook

 

by Barbara Tate  (USA)

Modern Haiku, 49.1, 2018

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Daily Haiku: April 15, 2019

senryu
dermatologist’s office
on the bare white walls
a diagram of acne
 
by Robert Epstein  (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. XXII, No. 1, 1999
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Daily Haiku: April 14, 2019

rusted bucket
cherry blossoms patch
every hole
by Debbie Strange (Canada)
2nd Place
Second International Ohanami Haiku Contest, 2016

 

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Daily Haiku: April 13, 2019

blistering heat

black bear tracks

in the asphalt

 

 

by Lew Watts (USA)

The Heron’s Nest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2017

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Daily Haiku: April 12, 2019

spring snow melts . . .
far from the sea
a marmot sings

 

by Robert Witmer  (Japan)

Frameless Sky, No. 8, June 2018

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Daily Haiku: April 11, 2019

top stories
disappearing
in city fog

by Rich Schilling (USA)

Mayfly, Issue 66, 2019

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Daily Haiku: April 10, 2019

Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

 

by Ellen Grace Olinger (USA)

This World: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 2013

 

 

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Daily Haiku: April 9, 2019

faded pink
of summer
plastic flamingo

by Lori Becherer (USA)
bottle rockets,  #37, 2017
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Daily Haiku: April 8, 2019

Yellowstone—

in spring snow a bison bull

steams

 

Lew Watts  (USA)

A Hundred Gourds, Vol. 4:2, March 2015

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Daily Haiku: April 7, 2019

rapid transit
the coming and going
of magnolias
by Debbie Strange (Canada)
Judges’ Favorites
Golden Triangle Haiku Contest, 2018

 

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Daily Haiku: April 6, 2019

kjmunro, a regular contributor to The Daily Haiku, has a haiku collection that has just been published by Red Moon Press. It is called “contractions.”

 

munro_contractionscover

 

 

 

Below are two of her poems:

 

 

postcard from Niagara
the years
fall away
white hair
almost invisible
woman
by kjmunro (Canada)

 

 

 

 

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Letting Go of Winter

Winter is still with some of us, and it was a particularly brutal one. The memories linger. Below is the last winter poem we will run until next December:

Our canine engine appears
erupting from a kennel in the wilderness
Sherman, Mitzie, Arty Suzie, Roger and Lola
harnesses strain
joyful yipping yelping
I am kissed by wet noses
shout my commands
Mush Let’s Go!
Come Gee!
Come Haw!
thrust into the frosty frigid air
hurled forward
their white misted breath
ears back, tongues hang
stiff iced whiskers
crusted snow crunches beneath us
winds crack frozen branches above us
we are propelled, we speed
trough trails of balsam, fir, spruce, pine and poplar
the heavily blanketed boreal forest surrounds us
whoooooosh…….. 30 miles to go
we take our short respite on beds of fresh straw
before continuing on our journey
to a far away mushers village
having a dog gone great time
celebrating the long Alaskan winter
by RM Yager
Reprinted from
Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry, Winter 2019

 

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Daily Haiku: April 5, 2019

stroll through the carnival
my shadow
on stilts
 
by Stanford M. Forrester (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2008
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Daily Haiku: April 4, 2019

flower illiterate
I wander the garden
wordless
 
by David G. Lanoue (USA)
Walking the Same Path
Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 2004
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Daily Haiku: April 3, 2019

senryu
spring cleaning
a new ribbon
for the old letters
 
by Yu Chang (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. XXI, No. 1, 1999
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Daily Haiku: April 2, 2019

all night long

the poem and its ache . . .

north star

 

by Margaret Peacock (USA)

Frogpond, XX:1, May 1997

 

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Daily Haiku: April 1, 2019

autumn leaves
turning my windowpane
to stained glass
by Ce Rosenow (USA)
Frogpond, XX:1, May 1997
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Your Responses Published on Why Haiku and Senryu Matter

This was what I asked of readers a few days ago:

Readers and Followers:

Why do haiku and senryu matter to you?

Tell us in just a few words or in just one sentence below. Then include your name and country. (Some people forgot this, so I edited their responses.)

I will compile the listing with your name/country, and post it on Sunday.

Thank you.

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

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They matter because they succinctly describe or capture something of importance in life.

Gregory Longenecker, USA

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These short poems heighten our powers of observation, challenging us to write and share the experience in the briefest of words.

Ingrid Baluchi, USA

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Supporting voices of people who create these wonderfully personal and pertinent poems.

Alan Summers, England (Call of the Page)

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Haiku and senyru keep me in touch with the immediate world around us all.

Rick Daddario, USA

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I love the brevity and conciseness of these forms
Maureen Sudlow, New Zealand

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I love the brevity of the form and how it illuminates the moments of my days.
Carol Raisfeld, USA

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Unlocking the magic of the moment through quiet contemplation.

Paul Beech, Wales

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A moment in time–a story in few words

Barbara Tate, USA

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Why wouldn’t they?

Michele, Italy

 

I don’t know how you think. That’s why I ask.

Charlotte

 

A great answer! And in an age of extremes, and not to mention the EU and U.K. poetry has never mattered more. But it is surprising, isn’t it, that it takes the great religious extremes (from various ones) and politics, and venal men in power, for people to ‘notice’ poetry again, as something that is grounded and could be trusted.

Poetry has again become a rock, but we poets, whether haiku writers or longer genres, have always known that, yet never taken it for granted.


Alan

 

Your answer is great, Alan. Perhaps Michele of Italy could have responded with your second sentence

 

Charlotte

 

I can assure you that Michele wasn’t being flippant.

It’s just straight to the core, when something matters as much as breathing, as haiku is to me, we sometimes can only say, why not?


Alan

I didn’t say Michele was being flippant, Alan. I was just looking for specificity. I don’t know that haiku matters as much to Michele as breathing does.

 

Charlotte

 

I wasn’t suggesting you thought he was, I just wanted to suggest he was choosing a different approach to the answer. Honest.

humblest regards,


Alan

 

I know Michele was choosing a different approach, but personally, I like specificity and it can be achieved in a few words or just a sentence. If that’s all he has to say, that’s okay. But maybe he can tell us “why” it matters to him. “Haiku and senryu matter because . . .” that was was the question.

 

Charlotte

 

It would be great to have a colon instead of a period/end stop and more to the statement, I agree.

C’mon Michele, tell us just a little more.

Alan

 

Well, we’ll see if Michele tunes in again.

Charlotte

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Haiku and senryu help me see the world in new ways and to pay deeper attention to it.

 

Doris Lynch (USA)

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Haiku’s strict form forces my runaway mind to focus, discard the daily obfuscation and see deeply.

 

Herb Pierson (USA)

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They are a way that I can express the ‘in a nutshell’ thoughts that I have when observing people and nature.

Claire Vogel Camargo (USA)

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Thank you all for taking the time to respond!!

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: March 31, 2019

grasshoppers everywhere
one jumps
into my scream
by Jo Balistreri (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2018
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Daily Haiku: March 30, 2019

senryu
uncorking a dinner for one
 
by Terry Ann Carter  (Canada)
Posted in Beginning Writers, creative writing, Daily Haiku, Haiku, loneliness, Senryu, solitude, Terry Ann Carter | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Haiku and senryu matter because . . .

Readers and Followers:

Why do haiku and senryu matter to you?

Tell us in just a few words or in just one sentence below. Then include your name and country.

I will compile the listing with your name/country, and post it on Sunday.

Thank you.

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

 

 

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Daily Haiku: March 29, 2019

half-risen moon:

the sculptor’s slim hands arise

from his shadow

 

by Lenard D. Moore (USA)

3rd Honorable Mention

10th Annual Haiku Contest—(Season Word Category), 1986

Hawaii Education Association

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Daily Haiku: March 28, 2019

wisps from a steam iron

coil through time

my young mum sings

 

by Paul Beech (Wales)

The Museum of Haiku Literature Award

Blithe Spirit, 28:4, November 2018

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Daily Haiku: March 27, 2019

senryu
baggage claim
his and hers
the second time around
 
by Robert Witmer (Japan)
Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, February 2019
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Daily Haiku: March 26, 2019

light of dawn
an unfinished dream
she left to me
by Chen-ou Liu (Canada/Taiwan)
Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, February 2019
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Daily Haiku: March 25, 2019

senryu
kicking a pebble
down the sidewalk–
homework overdue
by Sari Grandstaff  (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. XXX, No. 1, 2007
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Daily Haiku: March 24, 2019

senryu
honeymoon over my suntan peels
 
by Collin Barber  (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. XXX, No. 1, 2007
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Daily Haiku: March 23, 2019

boyhood friends–
side by side in trenches
still together row by row
by Carol Raisfeld  (USA)
Simply Haiku, 6:3, 2008
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Daily Haiku: March 22, 2019

after the war
what stays in your heart
deep trenches
by Christina Nguyen  (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 34:3, 2011
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Daily Haiku: March 21, 2019

senryu
obedience school
I learn to give treats
on cue
 
by Mike Stinson (USA)
cattails, April 2018
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Daily Haiku: March 20, 2019

where the house
once stood
only cherry blossoms

 

 

by Mary Kendall  (USA)

Kokako, #29, 2018

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Daily Haiku: March 19, 2019

piano practice
leaves swirl
allegro con brio 

by Roberta Beary  (Ireland/USA)

The Heron’s Nest, Vol. XIV, No. 2,  June 2012

 

 

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Daily Haiku: March 18, 2019

senryu
food truck
the sound of reggae
rounds the corner
by Susan Beth Furst  (USA)
Honorable Mention
Golden Haiku 2019
Posted in Beginning Writers, creative writing, Daily Haiku, Haiku, literacy, Poetry, Senryu, Susan Furst | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Daily Haiku: March 17, 2019

back road

at least a thousand acres

of clouds

 

by Tom Clausen (USA)

Dim Sum, Route 9 Haiku Group, 2015

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Daily Haiku: March 16, 2019

from the hammock

birds fade into crickets

crickets fade into stars

 

by Ben Moeller-Gaa (USA), Author

Wishbones

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Daily Haiku: March 15, 2019

weekday commute–
leather and chrome streaks
on the boulevard
by Mike Montreuil  (Canada), Author
The Neighbours Are Talking
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Daily Haiku: March 14, 2019

coming late
to get a head start
Zen teacher
 
by Michael Fessler (Japan), Author
arrangements
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Daily Haiku: March 13, 2019

rice grains–
my baby’s
first teeth
by Rosa Maria Di Salvatore (Italy)
The Manichi, October 2018
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Daily Haiku: March 12, 2019

senryu
a fresh start
in a new town
the same girl
 
by Angela Terry  (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 41:2, Spring/Summer 2018
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Daily Haiku: March 11, 2019

senryu
really wrinkled
the map
of nude beaches
by LeRoy Gorman  (Canada)
Frogpond, Vol. 15:1, Spring-Summer 1992
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Daily Haiku: March 10, 2019

new in town
the lingering stare
of a stray
by Chen-ou Liu  (Canada/Taiwan)
Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 13, No. 1,  2019
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Daily Haiku: March 9, 2019

argument over
we pause
the sunset must have been beautiful
 
by Peter Newton (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 33:2, 2002
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Daily Haiku: March 8, 2019

morning calm

the pacing of pages

between us

 

by Ben Moeller-Gaa (USA), Author

Wishbones

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Daily Haiku: March 7, 2019

senryu
 
betting window
a rosary nestled
in grandma’s purse
 
by Barbara Tate (USA)
Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2019
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