the waiter asks

December Haiku Share

Share a haiku about restaurants, solitude, loneliness, winter, or clouds. (All are welcome to join in– just leave a haiku in the comments section, with publications credits where applicable.)

the waiter asks
 if I’m alone –
winter clouds

1st place, Sketchbook Kukai, Nov/Dec 2010 

If you missed the initial post, click here to read about the month long haiku challenge I am holding right here on my blog this December.

66 thoughts on “the waiter asks

  1. So evocative haiku.

    In the menu of our life we can find an item: loneliness.

    Not everybody can be able to change this particular “restaurant”.

    Well, life is like a waiter – we can order many, many things, but later this waiter will hand us a bill.

  2. My family were steeped in the restaurant business for many years, and for a couple of years I took over our French/Italian cuisine restaurant as both manager, barman, maitre d, wine waiter and bottle washer. 🙂

    This haiku is from many years later.

    the long white apron
    of a barman–
    the day menu unscrews

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Snapshots 9 (2001)

  3. An assortment of restaurant/café haiku:

    light snowdrift
    a golden retriever blinks
    thru the café window

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Blithe Spirit, December 2011 issue

    café orquídea …
    the soft shuffle of shoes
    round a dragon tree

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Blithe Spirit vol. 14 No. 2 (2004)

    scooter fall –
    a boy grasps his pain
    outside an art café

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Snapshots 9 (2001); THFhaiku app for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch (2011); Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press)

    gathering dusk
    outside a quayside café
    fishermen’s lines

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: International Kusamakura Haiku Anthology (1998); 3LIGHTS ‘Nocturne’ (2008)

    Award credits: Nyuusen Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Contest (1998)

    art café –
    the security guy hums
    a James Bond theme

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Irish Haiku Society magazine Shamrock (Spring 2007)

    crowded café
    a father bends carnations
    towards the girl

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Snapshots Four, Collection Competition Issue (1998)

    Award credit:
    Highly Commended, Haiku Collection Competition, Snapshot Press (1998)

    dark morning…
    the sushi bar opens up
    for the train station

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Aesthetics, (Bath Spa University 2007); Haiku Friends Vol. 3 (Japan 2009)

    hand full of copper
    an old alcoholic
    smiles by the winebar

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Blithe Spirit Vol. 9 No. 3 (1999)

    home town…
    waiting in a hotel bar
    the stranger

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: winterSPIN (1997); 3Lights Gallery, way back home (2008)

      • Thanks Christine. That was a particularly memorable day, as I only intended to spend an hour over a pot of tea with a friend, which extended into the night as a multi-event exhibition materialised inside and outside the Arnolfini art centre in Bristol before our eyes.

    • Wow, what a collection, Alan. Wonderful!

      I’m curious. Do you keep your haiku in a database accessible by keyword, or are you just a particularly organized person, or both. 😉 I would love to be able to access all my haiku on a certain topic, like you just did. I guess I could in theory because they are all in Excel spreadsheets, but I don’t have one master file– just lots of smaller ones.

      • Hi Cara,

        I just keep a master word.doc file of my published haiku and do a find search under keywords. I’m slowly working on separated dedicated on topics, but I have so many projects on the go, it’s on the backburner.



    rain clouds
    conversations shift around
    the train carriage

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Mainichi Shimbun (2011)
    Award Credits: Honourable Mention Best of Mainichi 2011

    fractus clouds
    the last of the single malt
    smoothes out the edges

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Blithe Spirit (Vol. 22 no. 2 May 2012); The Bath Burp: Poetry, Music & Arts Monthly Issue No. 10 (2012)

    the camp fire burns the misty moon halved by thin cloud

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits:
    Presence # 4 (May 1997) ISSN 1366-5367; Stepping Stones: a way into haiku ISBN 978-0-9522397-9-6 (2007)

    green clouds
    the scarecrow worries
    a loose thread

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credits: Asahi Shimbun (Japan 2012)

    cloud mountain
    she screams her daughter’s name
    into the month of march

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credits: Air, British Haiku Society Members’ Anthology (2012)


    cool morning
    light on a distant cloud

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Modern Haiku, (1999); Azami Haiku in English Commemorative Issue (Japan 2000)

  6. winter constellations
    we listen to music
    in the dark

    Hi Cara. Please let me know if this won’t fit in. Thank you! I love what you and everyone else has been doing. Beautiful haiku!

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