Daily Haiku: Sept. 23, 2018

the meadow packed
with blue sky


by Alan Summers (UK)

Troutswirl –Sense of Place: Meadow

Sept. 16, 2018


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. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: 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; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. 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 by Charlotte Digregorio." 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 regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. 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 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 am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and 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, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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18 Responses to Daily Haiku: Sept. 23, 2018

  1. kjmunro says:

    thanks for this, Charlotte!

    • haikutec says:

      Kathy Munro has created a body of work from many contributors that approach the sense of place from all angles, and all senses, just like those 360 degree views we can use on the internet when looking at a venue or a street map. Thank you Kathy for being such a wonderful catalyst for this haiku and so many more!

      warm regards,

  2. Paul Beech says:

    A lovely timeless haiku from Alan, which makes me think of the wide open skies of Constable Country in Suffolk. With their day’s work done, bet the haymakers made for the nearest inn for a jar or two of porter!


  3. madhuri says:

    Lovely haiku. Love the lines ‘a meadow packed/ with blue skies.

  4. Barb Germiat says:

    That’s not what haymaking felt like to me, back in the day. Guess I’ll have to write my own haiku about it.

    Barb Germiat Appleton WI

    On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 11:10 PM Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog wrote:

    > Charlotte Digregorio posted: “haymaking the meadow packed with blue sky > by Alan Summers (UK) Troutswirl –Sense of Place: Meadow Sept. 16, 2018 ” >

    • haikutec says:

      Hi Barb,
      I’ll be interested in your own interpretation of haymaking, thank you!

      warm regards,


      Just like the outdoor painting jobs, we couldn’t always pick and choose a blue sky day. 🙂

  5. I saw the sky reflected in electric blue cornflowers, Alan – wonderful!


    • haikutec says:

      Thanks Marion!
      It was literally everything cut back, but the grass, though close to being hay, wasn’t yet collected. It’s one heck of a contrast between the meadow packed with wildflowers, butterflies, swallows and swifts, sparrows, house martins, long-tailed tits, and adorable crows, and cheerful magpies, and very tall jungle effect of densely packed teasels. 🙂
      The meadow is off the national grid so no electric blue cornflowers I’m afraid.

      Here are the various flowers that appear, if you click onto flora:

      Just two to three minutes slow stroll from our house, if you are ever passing! After all we are having a guest from Delaware, USA tomorrow morning! So the wonderful island of the Irish is even closer! 🙂

      • haikutec says:

        But the whole point, and where you succeeded, is to create your own images off the ‘clear palette’ or ‘blank canvas’ of a blue sky, so many thanks again for giving us such incredible flowers!

  6. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Capturing the cycle of the meadow behind my house haiku by haiku.

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