Daily Haiku: March 4, 2017, Alan Summers’ Week

Easter Sunday
a For Sale sign leans
into birdsong

by Alan Summers
tinywords, 16.1, March 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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14 Responses to Daily Haiku: March 4, 2017, Alan Summers’ Week

  1. Hi Charlotte and Alan,
    Easter Sunday, what a perfect first line/image/thought. Then, For Sale sign what does that mean? Well for me maybe some one passed on, yes and what a beautiful accompaniment for the journey . . .birdsong yes I can hear it and leaning into birdsong yes even stronger . . . and of course because of Easter and the resurrection that Hope! Beautiful Alan. I’ve noticed you write a lot about houses and sales ; )

    • I like your interpretation, Susan.

    • haikutec says:

      Hi Susan! 🙂


      Easter Sunday
      a For Sale sign leans
      into birdsong

      Alan Summers
      tinywords, 16.1, March 2016

      This came from a challenge to write a lot of haiku from a single view on a single day. It just happened to be Easter Sunday, which has various layers just in itself.

      The second line is both literal, there was one outside my window, but also that there came a time when people no longer seemed to stay in one place anymore. I think it was sometime in the 1970s that there would appear a veritable forest of Sale signs (pun part intended) down certain streets, and Real Estate offices as plentiful as coffee bars.

      The For Sale sign was actually leaning, not hammered in too well, and it was a Sunday, and church bells, and birdsong, and as if the sign was leaning into the wonderful sound smorgasbord.

      I didn’t realise I wrote about sales too much but I did have that “Homecomings” sequence of which Charlotte featured my lilac tree verse. 🙂

      Sadly in our small triple block of apartments it was mostly frequented by retired people and our first neighbours opposite us did die. The husband first and then the wife. We had just moved in and yet they, and another neighbour, did buy us wedding gifts. We’ve left that block of apartments to live in a small 1930s house, and the block is made up of rentals, and a wider age range. I must admit I loved the idea of living in a block where everyone else was retired, very peaceful, and engaging conversations.

      The For Sale sign would have had a wooden stake, so birdsong and a former tree had a part to play in this haiku. As did the Roman Republic and Roman Empire practice of crucifying people for transgressions. We have a strange relationship with our fellow humans, and with nature, often using wood for shelter, and for fire, and cooking, but oddly enough for weapons and other means of killing or punishment or both. So yes, there are multiple layers of meaning here.

      A deep bow of gratitude for giving your take on this haiku. I’m also grateful to Tiny Words editor Peter Newton who suggested a slight tweak to the submitted poem, as he could see something in it.

      warm regards,


    • datta2014 says:

      Your take” Easter and the resurrection of Hope” A way of reading into the wonderful write.
      with regards

      • haikutec says:

        Thanks! I am also inspired by the Sparticus movie starring Kirk Douglas, where so many people stood up to be counted. As a child I always hoped that the 21st Century would be one of social inclusiveness.

  2. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    This haiku came about from a writing challenge to write about concrete images from a single window view on a single day.

  3. datta2014 says:

    Dear esteemed poet,
    I like the origin of the take and the following explanation.
    ” We have a strange relationship with our fellow humans, and with nature, often using wood for shelter, and for fire, and cooking, but oddly enough for weapons and other means of killing or punishment or both. So yes, there are multiple layers of meaning here.”
    Such a productive “For Sale sign”.
    with regards

  4. madhuri says:

    Love this haiku. Remember reading it before.

  5. janbentexas says:

    -My first reading, a while back, had this as a haiga… with a dark bird and fluorescent (pink?) contrast.
    -I do read the haiku better, or enter it with more implications, without the artwork.
    -This version, haiku only, stunned me… the power of the words are allowed to breathe, take hold in the reader’s mind.
    Jan in Texas

    • haikutec says:

      Hi Jan,

      It’s possible that post-publication at tinywords that I might have posted it once,along with a photograph as a shahai (photo+haiku), but not showing the scene full of birds, and a leaning Sale sign.

      Easter Sunday
      a For Sale sign leans
      into birdsong

      Alan Summers

      I’m glad you see that there is more to this than the surface level of description.

      Very much appreciated,


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