Daily Haiku: Sept. 23, 2021

senryu
 
 
 
my hand still firm
in the hand
gone slack
 
 
 
by Mike Dillon (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 43.2, Summer 2012
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Tanka by Lisbeth Ho (Indonesia)

 

summer dusk

crickets start to sing

calling

the fireflies to light up

the moonless night

by Lisbeth Ho

Cold Moon Journal, July 29, 2021

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 22, 2021

no snow–
the mountains white
with moonlight
 
 
by Jeannie Martin (USA)
bottle rockets, #24,  2011
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 21, 2021

running barefoot
through tall grasses–
deciding on blonde
 
 
 
by Marilyn Appl Walker (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. XXVI, No. 2, 2003
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 20, 2021

senryu
 
pink slip
the supervisor pulls down
the office blinds
 
by Anthony J. Pupello (USA)
Frogpond, XIX:3, December 1996
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 19, 2021

the way the cats
take their turn at the window
summer moon
 
 
 
by Marjorie Buettner (USA)
bottle rockets, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2004
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 18, 2021

low tide
the tinkle
of shellsand
 
 
by Susan Delphine Delaney (USA)
bottle rockets, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2004
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 17, 2021

walking the ocean’s breath block by block
 
 
 
by Susan Diridoni (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 43.2, Summer 2012
 
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Free Verse by Radhamani Sarma

 
 

All Silenced to Why

by Radhamani Sarma (India)

Shot and ghastly sound
Unusual and scary,
Undoing all good in a second.
The jubilant music hall till now
Vibrant with Melody is
Turned into Malady of frozen blood.
Dove has flown now
to far-flung peace.
What you see now
Is a void of cacophony;
Your Sudden Silenced voice
holding your breath and
pulse. Gunmen induced not
pellets but hatred and cruelty
in their instruments, their aids,
to raid their surroundings.
You are a mute witness
To this volley of bloodshed.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 16, 2021

Sunday afternoon
I know the time
by the light

 

by Ellen Grace Olinger

tinywords, Issue 21.1, June 18, 2021

 

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Tanka by Debbie Strange

snow whirls
outside the henhouse . . .
father cups
my hands around
a warm brown egg
 
 
 
by Debbie Strange (Canada)
3rd Place
Fleeting Words Tanka Competition, 2018
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 15, 2021

forgotten grave
only the small bones
of leaves remain
 
 
by Debbie Strange (Canada)
Commended Haiku
Polish International Haiku Competition, 2020
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 14, 2021

 
senryu
 
 
funeral mass
my sister’s hat
blocks the view
 
 
by Roberta Beary (Ireland/USA)
Frogpond, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, 2008
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 13, 2021

summer’s end

cicada buzz caught

in the black cat’s mouth

 

by Dave Russo (USA)

Modern Haiku, Vol. XXIX, No. 3, Fall, 1998

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 12, 2021

faint stars–
the flapping of canvas
on the grape truck
 
 
 
by Yu Chang (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. XXIX, No. 3, Fall, 1998
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 11, 2021

senryu

 
memorial service
for a moment I wonder
what to wear
 
 
by Harriot West (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. XXX, No. 1, 2007
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 10, 2021

my friends’ farm
I view the Milky Way from
their cow pasture
 
 
by John J. Dunphy (USA)
Haikuuniverse, May 3, 2021
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 9, 2021

dying fire . . .
I sit quietly
with my ghosts
 
 
 
by Ce Rosenow (USA)
Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, Sept. 29, 2011
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 8, 2021

senryu

old friends talk

each holding

car keys

 

by Tom Clausen (USA)

Frogpond, Vol. XXX, No. 1, 2007

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 7, 2021

the number of pages
until she sleeps
spring rain
 
 
 
by Sharon Pretti (USA)
Mariposa, 24, Spring/Summer 2016
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3 Tanka by an’ya

3 Tanka by an’ya

 

old memories

like tangled fish hooks

impossible

to pick up only one

without all the others

 

First Place

2008 Tanka Society of America International Contest

 

 

 

that final spring

we were together flying

our kite — until

you let loose the string

and heart from soul divided

 

Ash Moon Anthology, 2008

 

 

cold cemetery
the long sleeves of your old coat
warm my fingertips
even from beyond this grave
you manage to comfort me

 

 Overall Winner

ahapoetry’s Tanka Splendor Contest, 2000

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 6, 2021

morning commute
the horizon bright
with headlights

 

by Dave Read (Canada)

A Hundred Gourds, March 2016

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Poem by Sally Hewitt

The Temple Chimes

by Sally Hewitt

 

The temple chimes ring whenever you’re imbued

with life in my thoughts, not the other kind.

I turn my face to search the front porch

looking this way and that, hoping to catch

a glimpse of your essence, the sky in its blue.

 

In windless doldrums, the chimes rarely sing,

so my countenance puzzles over this humming:

a sound so pure, as if nature wears all white

like snow falling softly on a wintry scene

or a lake so placid it reflects back the light.

 

A gift from neighbors who travel afar —

the chimes, from India, a temple there,

a memento with a monk-like ringing tone

calls universal spirits forward to our porch.

I listen for only you when I stand alone.

 

A hummingbird hovers near the ringing bells

and my life flashes backwards, reaching for our time

when laughter out-rang any clanging chimes

and beauty outlined every nursery rhyme

and you and I lived our lives as if there were

 

No tomorrow, no end of time.

 

 

Published in The Rockford Review, Summer-Fall 2016

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 5, 2021

sensing
what’s next for me
hazy stars
 
 
 
by Gregory Longenecker (USA)
Mariposa, 34, Spring/Summer 2016
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 4, 2021

senryu
 
cough syrup
the aftertaste
of our argument
 
 
 
by Deborah P Kolodji (USA)
Mariposa, 24, Spring/Summer 2011
 
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Read This New Haibun Collection by Ruth Holzer (USA)

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If you like haibun, don’t miss this new book, Home and Away, by Ruth Holzer (USA). Many of you know Ruth as a longtime haikuist, and have read her accessible and thoughtful work on this blog.

Below, is a haibun from her book:

Knuckles

We played a game like gin rummy. The loser had to pick a card and have his

knuckles struck by the winner for that number of times. Soft blows with the

flat of the deck for a black card, hard blows with the side of the deck for a red.

Sometimes we’d use a penknife instead. If you flinched, you’d get five more

hard ones.

ear on the rail

the thrill

of a coming train

Home and Away is Holzer’s first haibun collection, and it reflects on a lifelong journey through changing times and places. It’s available from the publisher at dancinggirlpress.com. (38 pages, $7).

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 3, 2021

heavy rains
expose sugar maple roots
family gathering
 
 
 
by Peg McAulay Byrd (USA)
Mariposa, 24, Spring/Summer 2011
 
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Daily Haiku: Sept. 2, 2021

senryu
 
 
breakfast alone
two eggs
on an empty plate
 
 
by LeRoy Gorman (Canada)
Modern Haiku, Vol. XXX, No. 3, Fall, 1999
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Sonnet by Jeri Frederickson

from: Overripe Apples  (a series of sonnets)*

by Jeri Frederickson 

I am opened like an old cellar door. 

Careful to follow every instruction, 

I slice the apples. The wooden spoon stirs 

up sweet juice, and the fluting starts. I am 

spiced steam. I was clean, good, responsible, 

evangelical. I chop pecans, peer 

quietly under the sink. A bit bent, 

the paint stirrer matches the wooden spoon. 

Tools of parenting I outgrew. The pie 

sizzles even as I tip the long knife 

over and let it drip warm down my lips. 

Mom outgrew the gluten, apple and pear  

 

but still takes just a smell, yum as she leans 

with a creaky spine and secrets below. 

 

 

 * Published in:

You Are Not Lost  

by Jeri Frederickson, Finishing Line Press, 2021 (Soon to be Released)

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 1, 2021

senryu

outside

smoking

the man of the house

by Tom Clausen (USA)

Modern Haiku, Vol. XXX, No. 3, Fall, 1999

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 31, 2021

deadheading the zinnias

the summer gone

without a sandcastle

 

by Susan Antolin (USA), Author

Artichoke Season: haiku and tanka by Susan Antolin

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 30, 2021

senryu
 
 
old brass elevator
bolt holes where the operator’s
stool once was
 
 
by Jeffrey Winke (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. XXXII, No. 3, Fall, 2001
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Register Now: Virtual Poetry Critique Roundtable!

Have you written a poem for publication, a family scrapbook, a greeting card to a friend, or for a special occasion? If you would like input from fellow writers on how to improve it, attend this helpful free critique led by Charlotte Digregorio, author of Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing and other books. This workshop is sponsored by the Winnetka (IL) Public Library through Zoom, and is open to all from everywhere, Sunday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Chicago–USA Time).

To register, click https://winnetkalibrary.libcal.com/event/7895677

See you there!

Charlotte

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 29, 2021

senryu
 
now and then
when my neighbor is away
blackberries
 
 
by Kirsty Karkow (USA)
Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, July 6, 2009
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 28, 2021

senryu

 

grandma’s crazy quilt—
an old needle
rusted in place

 
by Charlie Rossiter (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 42:3, Autumn 2011

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 27, 2021

senryu
 
 
as she fills my tank
we chat
about endangered species
 
 
by Marco Fraticelli (Canada)
Haiku Canada Newsletter, Fall 1990
 
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 26, 2021

abandoned grain elevator
storing
only the past
 
 
 
by Claudia Coutu Radmore (Canada)
a far galaxy
Haiku Canada Members’ Anthology, 2018
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 25, 2021

senryu
 
 
homesick–
my shadow one step
ahead of me
 
 
 
by Marianne Paul  (Canada)
 
a far galaxy
 
Haiku Canada Members’ Anthology, 2018
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 24, 2021

Raindrops
on the way to surgery–
the sunroof open
 
 
by Dan Schwerin (USA)
Frogpond, XXIII:3, 2000
 
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 23, 2021

senryu

 

uncluttering

I shred

my parents’ wills

 

by Maxianne Berger (Canada)

a far galaxy

Haiku Canada Members’ Anthology, 2018

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 22, 2021

senryu
 
photo exhibit
faces of the homeless
in black and white
 
by Tom Painting (USA)
Frogpond, XXIII:3, 2000
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 21, 2021

senryu
 
 
finding him homeless–
the terror in my father’s face
lifted to mine
 
 
by Michael McClintock (USA)
Frogpond, XXIII:3, 2000
 
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 20, 2021

Flicker
sending spring
in Morse code
 
 
by Donna Bauerly (USA)
 

Editors’ Note: Pay attention to the double meaning.

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 19, 2021

senryu
 
 
 
what i mean to say going along with autocomplete
 
 
 
by Mary Stevens (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 44:2, Spring/Summer 2021
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 18, 2021

the dead oak
to the woodpecker
finding its voice
 
 
 
by Peter Newton (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 44:2, Spring/Summer 2021
 
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 17, 2021

not long
for this world
clouds
 
 
by Tom Clausen (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 44:2, Spring/Summer 2021
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 16, 2021

Monday fog

Rhododendrons 

pink with rain

 

by Erin Castaldi (USA)

Blithe Spirit, Issue 30.2, Spring 2020

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 15, 2021

autumn sunshine

walking through

the maple leaves

 

by Dorna Hainds  (USA)

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

 

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Don’t Miss Out! Improve Your Haiku and Senryu

Charlotte Digregorio will host a “Writing Haiku and Senryu” workshop. Beginning haiku poets will learn all about the art of haiku and senryu and getting them published in a free Zoom workshop, open to all, through the Winnetka (IL) Public Library, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Chicago–USA Time). Participants will have the opportunity to read a newly-crafted poem during the event (optional.)

83 seats are taken! Only 17 seats left as of today!

Charlotte is the author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. She is the editor of The Daily Haiku, http://www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com, with poets from 61 countries participating. 

You may register for the September workshop at:

https://winnetkalibrary.libcal.com/calendar/events/?cid=3782&t=d&d=2021-09-19&cal=3782&inc=0

Read Latest Review below: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All by Charlotte Digregorio

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Charlotte Digregorio’s “Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All” delighted my senses. This is a must-read book! It opened my eyes and mind to a different world– the clear, concise, and poignant world of haiku and senryu. For me, the examples of each poetic form are like catnip … I just can’t read enough of them. After reading Digregorio’s book, I wanted to find more haiku and senryu to read and also read again the poems she published.

by Sally Hewitt (USA)

Book available through Amazon, ebay, or through me, Charlotte Digregorio (contact: c-books@hotmail.com)

 

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 14, 2021

 

playing the bride
grandmother’s necklace
around my neck

 

giocando alla sposa
la collana della nonna
intorno al mio collo

 

by Eufemia Griffo (Italy)

brass bell: a haiku journal, July 2021

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