Special Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

prayer plant

so quiet

I listen


by Ellen Grace Olinger (USA)
Hummingbird,  2001

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Daily Haiku: Feb. 17, 2021


the route of swallows 

above my roof

by Daniela Misso (Italy)

Modern Haiku, Vol. 51.3, 2020

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Daily Haiku: Feb. 16, 2021

sunrise . . .
some water
for the chrysanthemum
by Ellen Grace Olinger (USA)
Hedgerow, #133, Autumn 2020
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A Delightful New Book by Cara Armstrong!


A delightful book of micro-poems and illustrations by Cara Armstrong, “A Trick of Living,” has just been published by Big Table Publishing. https://www.bigtablepublishing.com 

(Big Table Publishing has very creative books, and it’s based in Boston and San Francisco.)

Micro-poetry comes in many forms, not just haiku. Cara Armstrong gives us another taste of three-line micro-poetry. Armstrong is not just a prolific poet, but is also a terrific artist.

If you like micro-poetry about creatures, you’ll like this endearing collection. It’s evident that Armstrong finds joy in being a poet and observing the natural world. Stunningly beautiful, yet simple illustrations accompany these short poems.

These are three sample micro-poems by Armstrong:

April snow morning

the simple two-note whistle

of the chickadee.


Surface reflections,

a person dressed in scarlet

on a cloudy day.


Brittle paper strips

hold the place in her reading,

green wings unfolding.


Cara Armstrong is also the author and illustrator of two children’s books, Moxie: The Dachshund of Fallingwater and the tri-lingual, Counting with Cats who Dream/Compte avec les Chats qui Revent/Contando con Gatos que Suenan. She is the co-author of Frank Lloyd Wright in Panorama and A Guide to Cleveland’s Sacred Landmarks.  Her poems have been published in print and online, including in Sinister Wisdom, Organs of Vision and Speech: An Art and Poetry Journal (OVS), Boston Literary Magazine, Digging Through the Fat, Minerva Rising, Dogwood Review, Watershed Review, The Stillwater Review, and Adanna.  

Armstrong’s artwork has been shown at many locations, including the Boston Architectural College, Boston, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, and Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA. She is Director of the School of Architecture + Art at Norwich University in Northfield, VT.



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Daily Haiku: Feb. 15, 2021

drifting snow 

shattering the silence

a wren sings

by Clive Bennett (U.K.)

Wales Haiku Journal, Summer 2019


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Daily Haiku: Feb. 14, 2021

granny’s crooning
awakens the baby
winter sunshine
by Neena Singh (India)
Wales Haiku Journal, Winter 2021
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Valentine Rhyming Poem by Robert Mucci


My love in words is hard to say

Warm thoughts and cheer shall rule the day

Such beauty, wit, and grace divine

I covet you my valentine.


To put in words so very hard

I bought this clever greeting card

It says the things that I am fraught

She loves me, —not she loves me naught.


My heart desires that you be mine.

Forever yours shall I be thine

Our love shall grow so intertwined

So it says in this store-bought Valentine.


Please know these printed words are mine,

Took many years this card to find

In hopes our love forever bind

I pray you are of the same mind.


Please know I speak from my true heart,

When I put this card into my cart,

The words were all mine from the start

Star-crossed lovers never part.


The card is but a paper token

My thoughts are wild, my speech is broken

I look around for the smallest sign

That you will be my valentine.


Wait no longer I confess

The pain I suffer please address

Tis hell to have to wait and guess

Praise the Lord, she said “Yes”!

by Robert Mucci

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Daily Haiku: Feb. 13, 2021

star by star
she takes him
the long way home
by Dan Schwerin (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 40:1, 2017
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Daily Haiku: Feb. 12, 2021

black-eyed susans
the many ways
of opening up 
by Pat Davis (USA)
Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2018
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Two Tanka by Vandana Parashar

a half-read book
with its pages open . . .      
my mind wanders 
into the dark alleys 
of desires
by Vandana Parashar (India)
Moonbathing, Issue 22, 2020
watering a bonsai
in juvenile home . . . 
how does it feel
to blossom
by Vandana Parashar (India)
Red Moon Press Anthology, 2019
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