Daily Haiku: June 8, 2023

May day –

a dandelion in a pot

at the nursery

by Tom Clausen (USA)

Upstate Dim Sum

Route 9 Haiku Group, 2010 /II

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Daily Haiku: June 7, 2023

lemon cookies
little fingers grab
at the moon
by Barrie Levine (USA)
Stardust Haiku Journal, #59, November 2021
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Daily Haiku: June 6, 2023

sunbathinga child places mud pieon father’s back

by Marta Chocilowska (Poland)

Haiku of the Day, May 30, 2022

The Haiku Foundation

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Daily Haiku Special – June 5, 2023: Debbie Strange

dead orchard

the random blue sparks

of woolly aphids

Third Place

Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition, 2018


prairie thunder

I braid my sister’s hair

with corn silk

Highly Commended

New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition, 2019



and a tanka:


at the moment

I became motherless


brushed against me

softer than a feather


The Linda Jeannette Ward Tanka Award

British Haiku Society Awards, 2022


by Debbie Strange (Canada)

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Daily Haiku: June 4, 2023

scent of jasminethe dent in the garden gatestill there

by Anna Maris (Sweden)

Haiku of the Day, June 25, 2022

The Haiku Foundation

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Daily Haiku: June 3, 2023

jogging trackthe fragrance I wait forruns past

by Arvinder Kaur (India)

Haiku of the Day, June 9, 2022

The Haiku Foundation

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Poets & Teachers –You Need These Highly Instructive Books!

Dear Readers and Followers:

 I went back to press again in May to print up more copies of my two poetry reference books, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. They arrived yesterday!


Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All and Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing have launched the careers of thousands of poets, and aided teachers. Adobe Photoshop PDF

I offer free shipping for these two titles.  (This offer is for USA Customers Only). Canadian customers, please contact me about your special offer. Each book retails for $19.95 (U.S. dollars).  You may reach me at: c-books@hotmail.com for ordering information & questions.



Your alternative to purchase them,  domestically and internationally, is to order from my Winnetka, IL  (USA) ebay distributor:









If you write haiku and senryu, you’re most likely serious about getting them published and improving your skills. You need to write the best poems you’re capable of.  And, if you’d like to teach haiku and senryu at any level, to adults and students alike, you’ll need guidance. Having the right tools are essential.


Below are some of the fabulous reviews of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.


And beneath these reviews, you’ll find information/reviews about my latest poetry book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing that will inspire you  to write and publish many forms, including free verse, sonnets, cinquain, etheree, haiku, tanka, haibun, and seven other forms.



Thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to read all seven of my books and to comment through the years. It’s much appreciated. And thank you for reading this blog that continues to gain in popularity worldwide particularly with global poets – from 61 countries!


Keep writing with resolve to get more published. Most of all, don’t hide in the shadows with your work! Get your work published in respectable journals. You can, with the confidence my books will give you.


Best Wishes,

Charlotte Digregorio


Note: Charlotte Digregorio is a retired Writing and Foreign Language Professor, winner of 76 poetry awards, and a four-time nominee for Pushcart Prizes. She has more than 1,000 poems in print and writes/publishes 16 poetic forms. Digregorio has organized poetry conferences throughout the country, and speaks and gives workshops at national conferences. Her popular solo exhibits of healing poetry/art are featured at libraries, corporate buildings, hospitals, galleries, and park districts, among other venues.



Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All (232 pages)


This is the book that has launched thousands of haiku/senryu poets and teachers. It teaches the nuts and bolts of writing and publishing haiku/senryu, and effective methods of teaching classes and workshops.



Read these fabulous reviews by acclaimed authors and haikuists, and those appearing in significant journals!



An altogether brilliant work that must be read by anyone with so much as a passing interest in haiku. Charlotte Digregorio has penned a masterpiece! She has written the definitive guide to one of poetry’s most fascinating genres. This work belongs on the bookshelf of any poet who is serious about writing the kind of haiku that editors want to publish.


-–John J. Dunphy, Author and Poet, Touching Each Tree



This book is overall the best one out there on the subject. The amount of information is extraordinary and exceeds that found in any other book. In particular, the commentaries on selected poems are very good, intelligent, and sensitive, and really place keys into the hands of readers for unlocking the mysteries and joys of haiku literature–from its roots in Japan to its present robust evolution in English and other languages.


-–Michael McClintock, Award-Winning Author/Editor of Haiku & Tanka Books

Former President of The Tanka Society of America



If a book about haiku inspires the reader to create haiku, then Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku and senryu guide has done its job bountifully. Digregorio calls this “A Simple Guide for All” and she isn’t kidding. Her basic instruction simplifies the process of writing haiku without sacrificing the beauty and the pleasure that are essential. The examples of well-known haikuists shimmer with perfection! If you are interested in pursuing this lovely, subtle art form, THIS is the guide you need. Fantastic guide! I can’t believe how much I learned.


-–Robin Stratton, EditorBoston Literary Magazine



Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All is exactly what it says it is: a way into the reading, writing and publishing of the world’s favorite genre. Premised on the idea that one doesn’t need to be a professional poet to enjoy it, Haiku and Senryu will inform you on why poets and non-poets alike love the genre; how to read them for maximum enjoyment; where they came from; how to organize them; and how to get them into print and other people’s heads. Whether a newbie or a seasoned veteran, you’re sure to come away with a deeper appreciation of the genre. And it’s also a considerable anthology of some of the best English-language haiku to be found.


– Jim Kacian, Founder

The Haiku Foundation



A strong overview of haiku. A wealth of material on how to introduce and teach haiku to children, college students, and interested adults. For busy teachers, the material will make it easier to provide guidance to their students. Any teacher would be thrilled for the helpful guidance, examples, and tools for presenting the form to the next generation. The pain and work involved in creating one’s own lesson plans is gone with the author’s well-honed presentations.


The bibliography also contains a wealth of material. Buy a copy for teachers, students, or interested poets and just tell them to read it. This volume will not steer them wrong, and gives any reader something with meat to hang their hat on while they discover or further explore haiku. It will remain on my shelf.


 Mike Rehling, Book Reviewer, United Haiku and Tanka Society



Marvelous book! Marvelous insight. I truly enjoyed this book, being wonderfully surprised by the new information I didn’t know. The chapter on teaching haiku was especially great, since I’ve taught it, but by a different method. And, Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku often evoke a chuckle of wry recognition or stop you dead in your tracks from awe. She seems well acquainted with the quotidian’s variety of her days, from homeless folk, to nature’s evocation and to loss and sorrow.


-–Donna BauerlyProfessor Emeritus, Loras College



An energetic and comprehensive guide by a prolific writer and educator with insightful perspectives and a generous sampling of published haiku and senryu. This practical guide is delivered in a relaxed, conversational tone so that the lessons and examples are informative and easily accessible. Extensive appendices and bibliography.


Frogpond, Journal of the Haiku Society of America



This book will hook the beginning reader and leave them wanting more. The book demystifies the genre. It offers haiku that are accessible and doable. The “Getting Published” section offers some good tips on submitting to and building a relationship with editors. The large reference section with bibliography of educational books, anthologies, collections, journals, and websites will be of great value to beginning readers.


–Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku



I honor the work Charlotte Digregorio has done on behalf of English-language haiku in Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. She has a gift for writing clearly, concentrating on what matters beyond passing controversy. As for her own fresh and gritty poems, Digregorio has the courage to face the truth about love, loss, aging, birth/death and the upside down nature of life—the full catastrophe. Expect to be challenged and invigorated.


–Dr. Robert Epstein, Psychologist

Author, Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku



A couple of the many sterling qualities of Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku include perceptive observance of natural phenomena and penetrating insights into human nature, frequently with a delightful, wry humor in the latter category, along with deep compassion in others.


Robert Spiess, Former Editor of Modern Haiku



Anyone can benefit from this book’s simple, clear advice. Digregorio offers time-tested, yet fresh and flexible pedagogy–actual lesson plans for those who wish to teach haiku. Intermediate and advanced practitioners will benefit from reminders of simple concepts long forgotten or never learned. We are given new ways to think about the poetry we read.

Speed Bump Journal



Offers excellent advice on haiku writing. It’s a great book and has helped many of us in

our haiku journey, and doubtless will for many years to come.


Andy McLellan, UK Poet and Author, birth/stones: Selected Haiku and Haibun




BOOK  #2 – Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing (236 pages)


Everyone needs healing. Writing poems about your hardships and struggles often helps to alleviate life’s pain and hurts.


“Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing,” a reference book, will inspire you to put your thoughts on paper and write expressive long and short poetry including 14 forms: poems such as cinquain, etheree, acrostic, sonnet, free verse, limerick, and the Japanese forms of tanka, haibun, haiku and senryu sequences, among others.


Below are some of the best reviews of “Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing.” (236 pages) 



Benjamin Franklin Awards (2021): Independent Book Publishers Association



Life in all its aspects flows through Charlotte Digregorio’s buoyant poetry collection. For its healing and inspirational qualities, this is a book to keep and reread frequently. It inspires enhanced living and writing. Excellent!

                           –Judge #1




This book is a very easy and pleasurable read.  I read every poem with delight in about six days. (236 pages). There are lines in the poetry that if they were fireworks would light up the night sky. This book is that good. The introduction is a marvelous bit of writing, explaining the author’s view on poetry, and about the title’s meaning. All through the book, when each new section is about to unfold, there is a prose explanation of what one is about to encounter. These preludes to the sections are one of the best features of the book.


–Judge #2



Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing comes when healing is in even greater demand than usual. In this book, we not only get a well-written poetry collection that promotes healing, but a how-to guide for writing poetry that aids healing. As I read it, I often paused to implement Digregorio’s suggestions, jotting down poems of my own, and filled several pages. The author is particularly well known as an authority on the Japanese forms of haiku and senryu, and many of the poems in this book follow them. Others are in free verse and a dozen other forms. The collection is structured into sections containing poems about various subjects you can consider writing about. Each section is introduced by a page of prose that includes the author’s sage comments on why the subject is relevant and how the poems influence healing. The poems and writing advice are clear, accessible, and beautifully lyrical. Her point is: look, you can do this.  I highly recommend this book.


–Richard Allen Taylor, Author of Armed and Luminous

   Book Reviewer,  The Main Street Rag



I highly, highly recommend this book! I read a lot of how-to-write poetry books, but this is unique because it shows would-be poets like me the “why” of writing poems. For those who want to write the best poetry we are capable of,  this collection encourages us to look for and create beauty, strength, and healing. Many times during the reading of this book, I put it down and wrote a few lines of my own. I read several of Digregorio’s poems out loud, luxuriating in the evocative language and the emotional effect it had on me. Her haiku is particularly inspiring and she is a master at it.  I love this book. It’s not just a collection of poems, but thoughtful essays about how poetry can heal. There are a lot of lines I would like to quote (or pretend I came up with).  I love the imagery.


–Robin Stratton, Editor, Boston Literary Magazine



This book is different from any poetry book I have reviewed. We need this book! Who among us has not needed healing? Who among us has not spent time in the cave of despair? Who among us has not needed an outlet for anger or loss? This is great poetry, mature craftsmanship, written in an accessible style for all to savor. It’s easy to apply these poems to daily life. A professional observer, Digregorio sees and feels everything more deeply. She reveals her sensitivity to the human condition. The volume contains something for everyone: from compact oriental forms, to superbly-crafted sonnets, to the little known etheree, to fun forms such as acrostics and limericks, free verse and more.


Exhaustive Appendices: More than a collection of poetry, the author offers practical, hands-on support for beginning and experienced writers.  As poets, we also need to promote and sell our poetry, our books, and the author helps get us off the sidelines and into the promotional game. Treasures to be unearthed include multiple lists of publications that publish poetry; ideas for general print/broadcast media that feature poets; and ideas on types of associations, organizations, and businesses that promote poets through awards, interviews, readings, speaking venues, workshops engagements, and exhibitions of their work. This book has given me a real education.


–Michael Escoubas, Editor, Quill and Parchment


Digregorio’s poetry is healing, gets you through tough times, and saves lives. In spending time reading it, we find an encouraging and peaceful way to live. Nuanced by childhood memories of oceans and jagged monoliths, of black bear and elk, she shares through reflection and meditation, poems with a spaciousness that speak of acceptance and gratitude for what is. She is like the sculptor in one of her poems, “creating equilibrium and harmony.” She reaches out and invites the reader to join her in solitude, share thoughts, and observations. Ultimately, there is a sense of community, of knowing we aren’t alone. There’s an exuberance of life here that cannot help but touch you. It is a book you can go back to time and time again.


–Mary Jo Balistreri, Poet and Author, Still



Fascinating tome–the perfect fit for this time in history. Soothing and peaceful. The author balances different poetic forms that contribute to a melodic, musical timbre. I marked many pages as my favorite poems–far too many to list here. Gorgeous words describing the natural world and her insightful memories in the “Nostalgia” section. Her poems wend their way through the maze of life events and experiences, healing in their warm, lyrical beauty.


–The Rockford Review, Sally Hewitt, Editor



The bumper sticker on my car reads: “Nature: Cheaper than Therapy.” As an adjunct to nature’s treatment plan, I would prescribe Charlotte Digregorio’s  Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. Her imagistic poems wind through diverse relational and emotional terrain, and never lose touch with the natural healing qualities of acceptance, wonder, gratitude, and harmony.


–Mike Stinson, Psychotherapist, Poet & Author, extra innings



What a treasure and a wonder from a mightily accomplished author. I always turn to this book with anticipation and peace in my heart, looking forward to the author’s life insights. A ponderous book. I am giving it the daily reading that the inspiring poems call out for, a page or two a day with meditative thought for the author’s many layered gifts of creativity. I love the titles of the multi-themed chapters. I am delving into this clear pond of healing, the book’s healing messages.


–Donna Bauerly, Professor Emeritus, Loras College



An affecting collection. Charlotte Digregorio finds lyricism in solitude, finds reason to celebrate and transform into art the trifles in our gritty lives. These are poems of great skill, poems with a generous heart by a writer who cherishes the luminous particulars of every moment.


–Marsh Muirhead, Poet and Author of last night of the carnival



Award-winning poet Charlotte Digregorio offers readers an array of poems that delve deeply into the external, her Midwest surroundings, and the internal, the nature of her creativity. Digregorio’s delectable collection is one to be savored again and again.


–Roberta Beary, Poet and Author of The Unworn Necklace



The poems of Charlotte Digregorio possess a clarity of vision one seldom finds in contemporary verse. The images she creates are vibrant and alive. We Baby Boomers identify with her all too well.


–John J. Dunphy, Poet and Author of Touching Each Tree



We are blessed with this work! This is a comforting, much appreciated companion in these difficult times. The book responds to so many of the themes and issues that are central to my life experience. It sustains, and I am thankful.  I hope this book makes its way to many people in these sad times. It provides shade from the glare of events.


–David Eyre, Educator and Author, the nothing that is



Charlotte Digregorio has the all-too-uncommon ability to put the reader in the poet’s place. One does not read, so much as experience her poems. Closing my eyes, many of these poems could have been memories from my own past. These very personal poems become personal to the reader. The poet uses words as her brush, and all senses are stimulated.


–Ignatius Fay, Poet and Co-Author of Breccia


This is a self-help book that is the pathway to finding peace. The author’s healing poems speak to us and are especially timely now.


–Winnetka-Kenilworth Living magazine (Illinois)



This elegantly designed book offers readers an eclectic mix of poetry styles to suit any and every mood. Here, you may find your senses soothed, or stimulated by the natural world. There, you might find yourself immersed in memories, or daydreams about the future. This writer has walked in our shoes, and her words entice us to take the first steps along the poetic path to healing.


–Debbie Strange, Canadian Poet and Author of The Language of Loss



Charlotte Digregorio is a much-published and much-honored poet. The approaches to writing she shares in this collection prove useful for those who seek inspiration and for those who give writing workshops.


–Maxianne Berger, Book Review Coordinator, Haiku Canada Review




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Daily Haiku: June 2, 2023

recovering now –
a steaming mug
of mum’s beef-tea
by Paul Beech (Wales), Author
Curlew Sunset, 2023
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Daily Haiku: June 1, 2023

morning fog
a pup’s
wet kisses
by Jessica Allyson (Canada)
Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, October 2022
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Daily Haiku: May 31, 2023

a leaf falls . . .

my feet step gently over

past generations

by Al Gallia (USA)
Poets Salon, Jan. 16, 2019
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Daily Haiku: May 30, 2023

pulled from the cello
a one note
by Ben Gaa (USA), Author
One Note Moon, High/Coo Chapbook Award, 2023
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Daily Haiku: May 29, 2023

fluttering Julia
remnants of the
autumn sunset
by Dorna Hainds (USA)
Creatrix, #52, March 2021
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Daily Haiku: May 28, 2023

May rainwater
pooling in the yard
I’m older than I think
by Robert Epstein (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 42:3, Autumn 2011
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Daily Haiku: May 27, 2023

dog rescue
my sister says hers
suffered more
by Roberta Beary (USA/Ireland)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 46:3, Autumn 2015
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Daily Haiku: May 26, 2023

visiting my old hood

through Google maps

tent cities far as arrows go

by Jerome Berglund (USA)

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Daily Haiku: May 25, 2023

Friend’s Day–

the song of the kingfisher

in my ears

by Jorge Alberto Giallorenzi (Argentina)

Asahi Haikuist Network, May 9, 2019

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Daily Haiku: May 24, 2023

then all at once . . .
mother’s death
by Ed Bremson (USA)
World Haiku Review, 2021
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Daily Haiku: May 23, 2023

full lotuslegs losingall feeling

by Michael Dudley (Canada)

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, Jan. 17, 2022

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Daily Haiku: May 22, 2023

oars still
I dip my sleeve
into the cupped moon
by Connie R Meester (USA)
Four Hundred and Two Snails
Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 2018
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Daily Haiku: May 21, 2023

green clovers attract

clouded yellow butterflies

mustard mirages

by Monica Kakkar (India/USA)

Asahi Haikuist Network, March 31, 2023

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Daily Haiku: May 20, 2023

untangling the phone cord

I linger at the window

as snow deepens

by Lenard D. Moore (USA)

Modern Haiku, Vol. XXVI, No.1, Winter-Spring 1995

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Daily Haiku: May 19, 2023

husks in the field

deer glean the remains

of last year’s harvest

by Allyson Whipple, USA

catttails, October 2022

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Daily Haiku: May 18, 2023

river beach
between my toes
by Rick Daddario (USA)
Aug. 25, 2022
Posted in Daily Haiku, Haiku, Japanese-style poetry, nature, Rick Daddario, Seasons, Short Poems | Tagged , , , | 13 Comments

Daily Haiku Special: May 17, 2023 – Eufemia Griffo (Italy)

ancestral memories

the deep roots

of an ancient oak

Chrysanthemum, #30, April 2023

All Souls’ Day

the scent of walnut leaves

in the fireplace

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, 6.1, Autumn/Winter 2022

windy shore

scent of saltiness

on my skin

“Water,” BHS Members’ Anthology 2022 

sewing machine


my old scars

“Peonies,” BHS Members’ Anthology, May 2019

prayer time

the distant chant

of birds

“Back from the Dead,” Failed Haiku, Issue 53, Vol. 5, May 2020 

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Daily Haiku: May 16, 2023


the recycling—

rogue wind

by Cynthia Anderson (USA)

tinywords, 23:1, March 27, 2023


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To Those Who Experience Difficulties with This Site

Dear Followers:

Many of you are  reporting that when you are sent a link for The Daily Haiku, the poem does not appear. I am sincerely sorry for the hassles with this site.

It seems Ingrid Baluchi’s advice works well to remedy this issue.

Ingrid says:

“I’ve noticed this as well, and find that if you tap on the heading, Daily Haiku with date, all in bold, the poem will appear.”

Hope this works for all of you! I truly appreciate your following my blog!

And, thank you so much, Ingrid!



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Daily Haiku: May 15, 2023

I think of
last night’s tryst
by Caroline Giles Banks (USA)
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Daily Haiku: May 14, 2023

summer squalla half-hearted dashto the car

by Mike Stinson (USA)

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, Sept. 17, 2020

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Daily Haiku Special: May 13, 2023 – Marco Fraticelli’s New Children’s Novel with Haiku


Award-winning Author and Editor Marco Fraticelli of Canada, whose work often appears on this blog, has just released a unique book.


Dear Elsa, a children’s novel, is the first children’s book for ages 9-12 by this longtime haiku poet who spent nearly 50 years teaching Grade 5 in Montreal. Adult readers believe that young readers, teachers, and other adults will find this book engaging and educational.


The story is about Leo and Elsa who become pen pals via email for a school assignment. Their pen pal exchange takes place during their 5th grade year, and readers will find it’s funny and poignant. Leo writes haiku because it’s one of his school lessons. Subsequently, he begins to enjoy it. His poems become better as he keeps writing it, and also with the help of a mentor who provides him with a guide of eight simple rules about how to write this poetic form.


“Leo has just moved from Montreal to Toronto, and hates his new school, his teachers, and the other students,” Fraticelli explains.  “Elsa lives in Boston, navigating her parents’ divorce and her dad’s relationship with his new girlfriend.” The author says it’s a book about “friendship, haiku, and finding one’s gifts.”


Samples of haiku from the book:


the fat squirrel

greedily eating

last night’s jack-o-lantern



weekend homework


at her dad’s house



snow day

school cancelled

in my dream



for everyone to see

on the teacher’s desk

my open report card



in the snowy schoolyard

the tracks

of her wheelchair



There are also fun limericks in the book.



To learn more about Dear Elsa and Fraticelli’s other books, you may visit his website: http://www.marcofraticelli.ca/.


Further, to reach the author about ordering his book, email him at mapletree67@hotmail.com . Dear Elsa has 240 pages, and it includes an interview with Fraticelli at the end. It’s published by Red Deer Press of Canada and the USA.






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Daily Haiku: May 12, 2023

steaming heat . . .
in the bamboo forest
a hacking machete
by Al Gallia (USA)
March 8, 2023
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Daily Haiku: May 11, 2023

nursing home


in the frame

by Kelly Sargent (USA)

Presense, Issue, 73, October 2022

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Daily Haiku Special: May 10, 2023 – Book Announcement by Paul Beech

The following are sample poems from Curlew Sunset by Paul Beech of Wales. His new collection, just released, features a range of Japanese forms: haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun. The book has 83 pages. The author’s work is often featured on this blog.

Readers interested in purchasing a copy from Beech should contact him at paulbeech@msn.com.

first snow

flurries from my boyhood

waltz in the wind

sunset beach

father and son skim stones

over the golden tide

the song of the surf

their anthem

dandelion clocks she dances through time

art books

on the coffee table . . .

far below our window

dawn fire

lights the estuary

E equals MC squared?

I need another rubber duck down to win a prize.  But I’m sure this gun has a dodgy sight.  I squeeze the trigger gently, and miss.  That’s me done.  Now where’s my kid bro got to?  Neil Sedaka’s ‘Calendar Girl’ is booming out above the clatter of slot-machines.

Ah, there he is, working his system.  He pulls the one-armed-bandit’s one arm, wins another jackpot and scoops up his cash.  He’s a genius, Kid Bro, a mathematical genius.  Even finding a flaw in Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’, to the total bafflement of his math teacher.

Ricky Nelson is singing ‘Hello Mary Lou’ as we exit the amusements arcade, myself broke, Kid Bro clinking coppers and silver.

He buys me an ice cream.

long years in a care home

vague recognition

in his one good eye

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Tanka by Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton

insists on itself
this spring –
I put away fear, feel
the strength in branches
by Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton (USA), Editor
red lights, Vol. 13, No. 2, June 2017
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Daily Haiku: May 9, 2023

quiet evening–

a spider walks its shadow

on the wall

by Tom Clausen (USA)

Frogpond, Vol. XV, No. 2, Fall-Winter 1992

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Daily Haiku Special: May 8, 2023, with Robert Witmer

stray cat
yawning in the sun
the busker’s slide trombone
the smell of leather
in the palm reader’s hands
by Robert Witmer (Japan)
Presence, Issue #75, March 2023
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Daily Haiku: May 7, 2023

sleepless too . . .
a katydid somewhere
in the darkness

by Neena Singh (India)

World Haiku Review, Winter 2021/22, February 2022

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Daily Haiku: May 6, 2023

summer sky

the stillness

of a kestrel


by Ingrid Baluchi (North Macedonia)

Wales Haiku Journal, Summer 2022

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Daily Haiku: May 5, 2023

a moth

steals the spotlight–

opening night

by Bryan Rickert (USA)

Prune Juice, #18, March 2016

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We Are Healing Writers

     Most of the people who read this blog would probably identify with being interested in reading and/or writing pieces that have healing qualities. I try to reach as many people through my blog as possible with the healing benefits of writing, and most often with the healing benefits of poetry.

     Some of my readers tell me they begin their day with The Daily Haiku.  I appreciate their dedication to it.

     I also like to advise writers with good tips. One of my favorite pieces of advice is to not limit yourselves to one genre of writing or one poetic form. By writing in several genres, you become a better, more thoughtful writer, and this enhances your preferred genre of writing.

     When I got beyond graduate school, and began teaching languages and writing at university level, I also seriously began my writing career by writing  non-fiction for non-academic publications. I’d write using an economy of words when writing pieces for newspapers and magazines, because general-interest publications, in particular, are short on space. It’s a different writing approach than the often turgid writing that one does for academic purposes.

     I’d been writing poetry since college, but when I began publishing non-fiction, this benefitted my approach to writing poetry, as I transferred my economy of word skills to my poetic pieces.

     Further, when I began writing haiku almost 30 years ago, I found it easy to write using an economy of words, because I’d already been practicing this exercise since my late 20s.

     Show me good creative writers, and they’ll be ones who don’t waste words and don’t repeat thoughts and ideas by using other words.

     In having taught writing at university level, I can say that most people start out as writers with small goals. They will say they just want to write in one genre or they want to publish one book in a certain genre. But, in fact, once they see that it’s possible to write and publish in one genre, they often start expanding to other genres, or as poets, to other poetic forms. I currently write 16 forms of poetry. It was not my goal to write that many forms. One form led to another, often by just reading other forms or hearing of them and experimenting.

    Most of us don’t write just to fulfill ourselves. Our work that we publish isn’t just about self-gratification, but it’s about reaching others. We have something to communicate to others, or at least it should be that way.

     On my blog, as you’ve probably noticed, it’s hard to find any of my creative work. I feature your writing. I’m also a magazine columnist and have a poetry page in a glossy lifestyle magazine called Winnetka-Kenilworth Living in Winnetka, IL. On that page, I feature other poets, not me. I run one poet for each issue – their poem, bio and photo. I also run a piece of art, either a photo that illustrates their poem (that they’ve taken), or if they don’t do visual art, I run one of my own art pieces to illustrate their poem.  My goal is to showcase other poets.

     Back in the 1990s, I produced and hosted a radio poetry program on public broadcasting, interviewing poets, and I also asked them to read their work on the air.

     It’s gratifying to help writers expand their horizons and develop their skills and their publishing in ways they never thought possible.

     If you’ve become successful as a writer, share your skills and teach others. When you create opportunities for other writers, you’ll learn in the process, as new ideas will come your way in communicating with them.

     The latter is my best advice.

     Charlotte Digregorio is the author of seven books including Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing and Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. You can find her books at the library or you can order them through her with free shipping in the U.S. or discounted shipping in Canada. You can also order her books through e-bay from her Winnetka, IL distributor. Reach Charlotte at c-books@hotmail.com for more ordering information.

Copyright 2023 by Charlotte Digregorio.




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Daily Haiku: May 4, 2023

darknesssomewhere the stars
still shine
by Eufemia Griffo (Italy)
DailyHaiga, June 26, 2021
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Daily Haiku: May 3, 2023

sliding down
the greenhouse glass
the rainy day
by Mary Stevens (USA), Author
enough light, 2023 
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Daily Haiku: May 2, 2023

Street raccoon
scowls at leftovers
washing hands
by David McMurray (Japan)
Haiku International, No. 47, May 2002
Haiku International Association, Japan
Invitation from David McMurray: The Asahi Haikuist Network invites Charlotte and her followers of “The Daily Haiku” to send a few
new haiku to the Asahi.
The May 19th  column will be about “war” and “peace” for the G-7 leaders who’ll be meeting that day in Hiroshima.
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Daily Haiku: May 1, 2023

by Anthony J. Pupello (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, Winter-Spring, 1995
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Daily Haiku: April 30, 2023

tailgate partyI wake up insomeone else’s bed

by Susan Burch (USA)

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Daily Haiku Special: April 29, 2023

rainbow striped knee socks

my daughter reminds me

she’ll soon be driving


by Susan Antolin (USA), Author

Artichoke Season, 2009

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Daily Haiku Special: April 28, 2023

pizza parlor after the murders
help wanted
by David G. Lanoue (USA)
World Haiku Association, 2001
(Lanoue‘s site – http://haikuguy.com/issa/new.html)
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Daily Haiku for April 24 through 29 with Lenard D. Moore

late winter night

a black man pumps gas

into the hearse

by Lenard D. Moore (USA)

Modern Haiku, Vol. 39:3, Autumn 2008


late summer

black men spreading tar

on the side road

by Lenard D. Moore (USA)

Frogpond, 26:2, 2003

night heat

the blown-off arm

still in fatigues

quiet rain

a Coltrane tune I know

on the radio

a black soldier

breathing into a saxophone

hot desert wind

autumn plaza

a million shadows at noon

strong men marching

by Lenard D. Moore (USA)

Lenard D. Moore and African American Haiku: Merging Traditions

by Ce Rosenow, Lexington Books, 2022

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Daily Haiku: April 23, 2023

silent porch swing
where my mother courted
“it goes with the house”
by Charles Rossiter (USA)
Best of the Winter-Spring Issue
Modern Haiku, Vol. XXXII, No. 1, Spring 2001
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Daily Haiku: April 22, 2022

school bus departs:the border collie turns and trotsback to their farmhouse


by Michael Dudley (Canada), Author

pilgrimage, Red Moon Press, 2017

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Daily Haiku: April 21, 2023

60 stories
of glass:
the summer moon
by Michael McClintock (USA), Author
Light Run, Shiloh, 1971
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