A Haiku Sequence by Robert Witmer

waving goodbye
 
tiny hands reach
for mother’s breast
full moon
 
 
pollywogs in clear water
my first child
in my father’s arms
 
 
starting college
only one of us
waving goodbye
 
 
spring cleaning
nowhere to put
the kids’ childhood
 
 
calloused hands
the carpenter smooths
his daughter’s gown
 
 
a perfect spiral
from my aging father
autumn afternoon
 
 
her widowed voice
breaking
the news
 
 
wind
through holes
in my father sweater
 
 
my late mother’s birthday
cherry blossoms
choke the stream
 
 
old marble
streaked with rain
my father at mother’s grave
 
by Robert Witmer (Japan), Author
Finding a Way, Cyberwit, 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. 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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6 Responses to A Haiku Sequence by Robert Witmer

  1. madhuri says:

    Beautiful sequence.

  2. donna bauerly says:

    Unbelievably filled with tender love and keen touching observations.
    I had a noted haiku friend who sometimes said, “Wish I had written that.”
    I echo in this reading. Loved all, but especially

    spring cleaning
    nowhere to put
    the kids’ childhood

    With care,
    Donna

  3. MaryJo says:

    A beautifully rendered sequence —touching and heartfelt. Different verses kept catching me as I went about the house today. Thank you.

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