Daily Haiku: Oct. 14, 2016


house clearance
room by room by room
my mother disappears



by Alan Summers

Blithe Spirit, 26.2, May 2016


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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20 Responses to Daily Haiku: Oct. 14, 2016

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Shortlisted for Museum of Haiku Literature
    Published in the British Haiku Society’s journal Blithe Spirit 26.2
    (May 2016)
    short list Museum museum

  2. Jim says:


  3. Peggy Bilbro says:

    Another perfect one Alan. youve captured this bittersweet moment.

  4. I really like the heart-touching layers here. Amazing what all mothers collect in a lifetime — and sad how you have to clear it all away one day.

    • haikutec says:

      Thanks Christine,

      Although my mother was not a hoarder, or sentimental, it was extraordinary how much the whole house contained. She had a good long life, and I had her back from childhood onwards. Through sheer hard work and long hours she got the house of her dreams and lived there a long time. It was sad but she had achieved so much.

      warm regards,


  5. Mary Kendall says:

    A deeply moving haiku, Alan. Having had to sort out my mother-in-law’s home after she passed, this really made me think back about how tenderly I look at and touched her belongings. Bit by bit, she disappeared as we dismantled all her belongings. A beautiful job, this haiku.

  6. Mark Gilfillan says:

    A wonderful heartfelt write. Sadness with a tinge of humour. Alan’s is one of the haiku that I chose to read as a The British Haiku Society committee member at the Poetry Book Fair in the square outside Conway Hall, the haiku received several sighs.

  7. Muskaan says:

    Simply tremendous!

  8. Paul Beech says:

    A senryu with a sigh of a sadly familiar kind.

    • haikutec says:

      Many thanks Paul,

      Both haiku and senryu are often stronger because we focus on the ‘very ordinary’ that is ignored, or not mentioned, an elephant in the room, or just overlooked as not important. Yet life is made up of not important items that are very necessary for our existence.

      warm regards,


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