Daily Haiku: April 13, 2016

No one died today

Funeral directors stand outside

 Watching passing cars

by Howard Lee Kilby

Modern Haiku, Winter 1994

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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5 Responses to Daily Haiku: April 13, 2016

  1. Joseph Kirschner says:

    I am totally lost with this last ku

  2. For me, it says a lot about life, Joe. As I get older, I am mindful about wasting time.

  3. haikutec says:


    No one died today
    Funeral directors stand outside
    Watching passing cars

    Howard Lee Kilby

    This is quite a famous haiku, and resonates with me, partly due to old and dangerous jobs I used to have, but also it’s a common saying, to say “no one died today”.

    We are often relieved to see funeral directors having a slow day, as we are uneasy with death, and we all suffer personal bereavements and want a time when there is no reason to be sad.

    The everydayness of just watching cars pass us by in normal situations and not be part of a funeral process is just that, a respite from the realities of life.

    Alan Summers

  4. Thanks for writing, Alan. The beauty of haiku is that we all see something different in it. I am a Type A personality, and have always been. For me standing around watching cars go by and not being busy doing something, or just enjoying myself, especially as I get older, makes me feel guilty. I realize how short life is. This haiku brings me back to making the most of each moment.

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