Daily Haiku: Aug. 17, 2019

sultry breeze
a pear ripens
on papa’s easel
 
by Roberta Beary (Ireland/USA)
Seashores, Vol. 2, April 2019
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 16, 2019

monarchs mingle
along a sandy shore
long walk home 
 
by Marilyn Ashbaugh (USA)
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 15, 2019

senryu
summer tryst–
his hand on the back
of her sway
by Sondra J. Byrnes  (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 38:3, 2015
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 14, 2019

autumn leaves
the caregiver finds time
to rest
by Ellen Grace Olinger (USA)
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 13, 2019

sparrowhawk fence

an ending to the summer

as leaves start to stutter

by Alan Summers (U.K.)

Bacopa Literary Review, June 2019

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 12, 2019

silent flight
of a raptor—
your breath on my neck
 
by Marilyn Fleming  (USA)
Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2017
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 11, 2019

robins congregate
in an abandoned garden
cold October rain
by Mike Stinson (USA)
Autumn Moon, Winter 2017
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 10, 2019

senryu
garden party
words populate
the wind chime
by Roberta Beary  (Ireland/USA)
Seashores, Vol. 2, April 2019
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 9, 2019

first autumn rain
the tortoise shell
brightens
by Dyana Basist  (USA)
Mariposa, Spring 2019
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 8, 2019

cemetery visit

the silk flowers show

their fall colors

 

by Susan Farner (USA)

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 7, 2019

rows of crows
on the telephone wires
beauty salon gossip
 
by Sharon Rhutasel-Jones (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 42:2, 2019
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 6, 2019

strong wind
an eagle flies higher
than the clouds

vento forte
un’aquila vola più in alto
delle nuvole

 

 

by Eufemia Griffo (Italy)
Hedgerow, #127, 2019

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 5, 2019

senryu
spicy chicken . . .
this impulse to ask
if she’s married
by Chen-ou Liu  (Canada/Taiwan)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 43:1, Winter-Spring 2012
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Educate Yourselves About Haiku

Dear Readers and Followers,

I am heartened each day to see how many of you are following my blog and even commenting. For those of you who are new to haiku, I realize that although haiku may look like a random thought to you, it goes deeper and its layers may be missed. Some of you new to it have been posting your own poems under the comments’ section and I respond by giving you my email address.

Very few poets, including experienced ones, rarely start writing publishable haiku right off the bat. It takes time to read and study it. If you are new to haiku, besides reading The Daily Haiku each day,  if you live in the USA, please check out my book from libraries to orient yourselves to the form. It is Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All by Charlotte Digregorio. I am certain it will help you understand haiku basics and supplement your reading of The Daily Haiku. (Senryu is written in the haiku form, but its focus is on human nature, rather than nature.)

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And, for those of you in the Chicago area, watch for my haiku exhibits at libraries and dozens of other venues, like galleries, and community centers. I do many solo exhibits and group exhibits, too. Currently, I have haiku exhibited at Wilmette Public Library in Wilmette, IL.

You can never get enough of haiku and senryu, and each time you read them, you become more knowledgeable about them.

Keep reading The Daily Haiku and writing each day, and commenting about poems on this blog.

Wishing you much haiku/senryu inspiration,

Charlotte Digregorio

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 4, 2019

where there was war
a sheepdog keeps
the flock in line
by LeRoy Gorman  (Canada)
Frogpond, Vol. 41:3, Fall 2018
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 3, 2019

distant forest fire
the tanager
we only hear
 
by Tanya McDonald  (USA)
Mariposa, Issue 34, Spring-Summer 2016
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 2, 2019

forest fire–
believing I’ll be
reborn
 
by Cyndi Lloyd  (USA)
Full of Moonlight
Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 2016
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 1, 2019

eclipse
a rooster crows
at the second dawn
by Barbara Tate (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 41:1, 2018
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Daily Haiku: July 31, 2019

daybreak
lilies light
the light
by Roberta Beary (Ireland/USA)
Second Place
Kusamakura Contest, 2007
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Daily Haiku: July 30, 2019

tendrils of fog
I follow a thread
back into the dream
by Annette Makino (USA)
Frogpond, 40:1, Winter 2017
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Daily Haiku: July 29, 2019

alpenglow

a pika gathers stems

of light

 

by Debbie Strange (Canada)

Commended Haiku

Iris–A Little Haiku Contest, 2019

 

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Daily Haiku: July 28, 2019

bioluminescence

I skip a pebble across

the universe

 

by Debbie Strange (Canada)

First Place

OtherWordly Intergalactic Haiku Competition, 2019

 

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Daily Haiku: July 27, 2019

senryu
candlelight dinner
the warm glow
from a cell phone
 
by Lori Becherer (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 42:2, Spring/Summer 2019
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Daily Haiku: July 26, 2019

deep water . . .
resting our paddles
we float through silence
by Marje A. Dyck (Canada), Author
A Piece of the Moon
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Daily Haiku: July 25, 2019

dandelions gone to seed

hair

turns grey

 

by Wilda Morris (USA)

 

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Daily Haiku: July 24, 2019

browning lilacs
the months since
my last confession
by Elliot Nicely  (USA)
Presence, #56, 2016
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Daily Haiku: July 23, 2019

silhouettes

in stormy moonlight

their final pas de deux

 

by Paul Beech (Wales) 

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 29, No. 1, February 2019

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: July 22, 2019

labyrinth i walk into and out of myself
by Debbie Strange (Canada)
Third Place (Senryu)
San Francisco International Competition, 2018

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Haiku Bridges Borders

My attention span has always been fairly short. Unless I’m really involved in a project, my mind usually wanders after an hour of working at my desk. Then, I need to take a break for at least five minutes– rub my eyes, stand up, shake my legs, and do side bends.

What I like about haiku is that it’s short, and I can read and write it in small doses. It’s therapeutic. I can think about it for a minute or so at a time, and then revisit it off and on.

I’m sure not a philosopher, but years ago, I wrote a seemingly trite note and posted it on my desk that said “Find Something to Believe In.”  I’ve always found this hard to put into practice, so it’s probably not that trite after all. After publishing The Daily Haiku since 2015, I’m reminded that haiku crosses borders in many ways, not just geographically. And, that it gives us something to believe in and to live by, no matter where our native home is. It unifies us.

Please read Carole MacRury’s haiku today on borders, and think about it. And, I hope you also re-read the haiku that precedes it, from time to time,  going back a few years.

Peace,

Charlotte Digregorio

Copyright 2019 by Charlotte Digregorio.

 

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Daily Haiku: July 21, 2019

border crossing–
cherry petals drift
into Canada
by Carole MacRury  (USA)
Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, April 2009
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Daily Haiku: July 20, 2019

senryu

 

Grieg on low . . .

he feels her smile

through his shirt

 

by Paul Beech (Wales) 

Failed Haiku, Vol. 2, Issue 22, October 2017

 

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Daily Haiku: July 14 through 19, 2019

Dear Readers and Followers:

The following were all written by Terri L. French, prolific and longtime haikuist in the U.S. Enjoy each of these, and re-read them often to fully appreciate Terri’s simple and elegant style:

senryu
knit one purl two
grandma lets
the secret slip
 
 
A New Resonance, #11, 2019
cowbird’s song
an adopted child
brought home
A Hundred Gourds, 1:4, 2012
Ash Wednesday
a whole congregation
with the same thumbprint
Modern Haiku, 45:1, Winter-Spring 2014
 
senryu
lingering fog
a pair of reading glasses
in every room
 
Sonic Boom, #3, 2014
senryu
hangover
a mosquito comes back
for hair of the dog
 
Failed Haiku, 1:2, 2016
reconstructing
a field mouse–
owl pellets
The Heron’s Nest, XIII:2, 2011
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Daily Haiku: July 13, 2019

deep breath

in the small yard

the chrysanthemums

 

 

by Nikolay Grankin (Russia)

Asahi Haikuist Network, Oct. 19, 2018

 

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Daily Haiku: July 12, 2019

first dew—
glittering butterfly
on mother’s palm


 

Goran Gatalica  (Croatia)

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Vol. 2:2, Spring/Summer 2019

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Daily Haiku: July 11, 2019

senryu
the mountain
looming from childhood . . .
father’s back
by Jo Balistreri (USA)
akitso, December 2018
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Daily Haiku: July 10, 2019

overcast day

between the puddles

wheelchair’s tracks

 

 

by Nikolay Grankin (Russia)

Hedgerow, #125, 2018

 

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Daily Haiku: July 9, 2019

senryu
farmer’s market–
the widow selects
things he didn’t like
 
by Sharon Hammer Baker  (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2019
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Daily Haiku: July 8, 2019

flowering bittersweet . . .
the chances
i did take
 
by Elliot Nicely  (USA)
Acorn, #38, 2017
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Daily Haiku: July 7, 2019

back from the countryside
full of thistles—
kids’ hair

 

        by Marta Chocilowska (Poland)
                                                                                              Asahi Haikuist Network, Aug.19, 2016
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Daily Haiku: July 6, 2019

senryu
bone china
things we speak of
things we don’t
by Harriot West  (USA), Author
Shades of Absence
Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, 2018
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Daily Haiku: July 5, 2019

senryu

fresh laundry
i rewrite
my resume

 

 

by Billy Antonio (The Philippines)

Otata, #16, April 2017

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Daily Haiku: July 4, 2019

where other trees
reach upwards
the willow

 

 

by Michael Rehling  (USA)

Haiku North America Anthology, 2013

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Daily Haiku: July 3, 2019

empty room
the scent of daffodils
fills the silence
 
by Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo (The Netherlands)
Under the Basho, June 2019
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Daily Haiku: July 1, 2019

onshore breeze
waves break over
the gull’s cry
 
by Terry Ann Carter (Canada), Author
Now You Know
King’s Road Press 2011
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Daily Haiku: June 30, 2019

senryu

 

blood moon

he doesn’t take no

for an answer

 

 

by Susan Burch (USA)

2nd Place

Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest, 2018

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Daily Haiku: June 29, 2019

senryu
stage 2
counting the spots
on the ladybug
by Beverly Acuff Momoi  (USA)
Mariposa, #29, Fall 2018
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Daily Haiku: June 28, 2019

sunset glow:
the ocean still breaks
where those people were
by Mike Dillon (USA), Author
the road behind
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Daily Haiku: June 27, 2019

senryu
after the bomb
a clock
with no hands
 
by Dave Read (Canada)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 49, No. 2, 2018
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Daily Haiku: June 26, 2019

senryu
summer beach
the sea delivers a bottle
without a message

 

spiaggia estiva:

il mare consegna una bottiglia

senza messaggio

 
by Antonio Sacco (Italy)
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Daily Haiku Special: June 25, 2019

Tsugigami:gathering the pieces, by haikuists/linked verse poets Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff and Connie R Meester, is an artful collection that is well-worth your time and attention.

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I don’t often review books, due to having many commitments, but some poetry collections I just can’t pass up. When I read haiku and senryu, I want to see life for what it is, and in this collection of linked haiku and senryu, I see life unadorned and truthful. In this book, I am moved by the themes of love, loss, and family, among others. This collection engages all the senses with concrete images, as we poets look for in well-written haiku. The authors’ sensitivity for nuance and heightened perception is evident throughout. The two poets met decades ago in a haiku class and formed a lasting friendship and collaboration.

 

Tsugigami is handmade paper that was used for collages in Japan in the 11th century. The poetry in this collection is a collage rich in life’s experiences. There are intriguing illustrations of collages that complement this collection of linked poems including rengay– the latter, haiku and senryu written by two or more poets.

 

For the primary interests of this blog’s readers, rather than reprinting entire linked verses, I’ll take either individual haiku or senryu from linked poems to illustrate the simple elegance and beauty of this book’s imagery, as well as some consecutive verses in a poem.

 

Tsugigami is a journey about the human condition, and finding oneself. Broadhurst and Meester give voice to our innermost feelings and relationships with others. These are the first four verses in the poem “Exhaling”:

 

miles down the wrong road–

deep in pines

a lone birch

 

framed by a full moon

the owl screeches too

 

trying to find you

in this new darkness

trying to find me

 

 

deep breath

wishing I could crawl inside

the big dipper

 

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Other verses include:

 

silence between us

echoes the angry words

 

fall bike ride

leaning

into your turn

 

This is the last verse of “One Last Goodbye”:

 

adrift

the sky and I

move down river

 

The authors find meaning in what surrounds them, that many people often miss.

 

deep into winter

a cardinal bathes

in new snow

 

Overall, this collection does haiku and senryu justice by crystallizing a moment in time and experience, springing from intuition and perception. These are two consecutive verses from the poem, “The Red Caboose”:

 

only a distant train whistle

anniversary

of his death

 

waiting for the red caboose

to bring him home

 

 

Delightful and moving verses in this generous collection remind us of childhood pleasures and the wisdom of youngsters:

 

May Day baskets

Mother’s smile answering the door

again

 

I’ll take care of you

says my toddler son

after the divorce

 

Tsugigami is highly recommended as a book you’ll want to pull off your shelf to re-read often, mindful of the significance of all that surrounds us. It is also a book to gift to thoughtful friends navigating through life’s challenges. You may order it through Red Moon Press, www.redmoonpress.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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