Daily Haiku: Aug. 10, 2017

august evening heat
a familiar lullaby
from the foster home

by Tom Painting (USA), Author
piano practice, 2004



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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2 Responses to Daily Haiku: Aug. 10, 2017

  1. haikutec says:

    august evening heat
    a familiar lullaby
    from the foster home

    Tom Painting (USA),
    piano practice, 2004

    Interestingly this is a 5-7-5 syllable pattern haiku. At first, as I pronounce ‘familiar’ with four distinct ‘sounds’ I thought it must be 4 syllables but no. 🙂

    Even in England, except this August, we can get close almost sultry heat, which gives us a great opening line, partly because it is so open and invitational. We can dream back to any kind of Summer activity, be it on vacation as an adult, or those long hot summers as a child or even as an adolescent.

    The middle line makes us think of a cosy childhood, our earliest childhood experiences, those of security, and our mother.

    The killer line, and this strikes me hard because of two things, is that the lullaby being overheard, literally or figuratively, is from a foster home. Does that mean an establishment like an orphanage, or are we talking about a couple who took the narrator in when he was a child and alone in the world?

    Why does it hit me extra hard? I’m adopted, but was lucky enough to catch up with my birth mother before she died. The other reason? We are considering fostering ourselves. Sometimes we have to give back to the world.

    A deeply poignant, moving, haiku.

    warm regards,


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