yielding

I’m pleased to have a couple of haiku in the June issue of A Hundred Gourds. In keeping with their policy of not reposting our works for a period of 40 days after they are first published in AHG, I will post my haiku from the March issue instead.

winter solitude
the click of my fingers
on the keyboard

yielding
to a sudden impulse
butterfly in the wind

end of summer
the dog’s bully stick
chewed down to a nub



Spring Cleaning

After 5 consecutive months of daily online writing challenges, I decided I needed a break! So I’m taking the month of April to catch up on reading the haiku and haibun books and journals that I have backlogged.

 

It was also time to clean up my publications pages, as they were getting too crowded. Check out my newly update pubs pages: Anthologies, Haiku, Haibun, Tanka, and Rengay. Please let me know if any of the links are not working.

 

As spring arrives in the Pacific Northwest, I am busy paying attention, and jotting down haiku and haibun starters for future writes. In the meantime, I have haiku that will appear in the next issues of Modern Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, Mariposa, and Acorn.

liquidambar

A new issue of A Hundred Gourds has just been released, containing three of my haiku, as well as two rengay I wrote with Angela Terry and Julie Warther. Since AHG has asked for exclusive online rights for a period of 40 days following publication, I will not be posting my haiku and rengay from March yet, but you can read them on their website.

However, that means I can now post my haiku that appeared in A Hundred Gourds 2:1, December 2012.

raindrops
on the windowpane…
letting go

***

Perseids shower
the blurred edges
of last night’s dream

***

liquidambar
boxes of memories
that aren’t mine

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Also in the December issue are three “empty nest” rengay I wrote with Angela Terry and Julie Warther  last summer: “Waning Moon”, “A Different Blue”, and “Grade Five Rapids”.

college brochures

December Haiku Share

This haiku appeared in a rengay I wrote over the summer, with Angela Terry and Julie Warther. It very closely reflects my life right now, as my youngest child puts the finishing touches on his college applications. Share a haiku about college, leaving home, autumn color, autumn in general, color in general, empty nests, or coffee. Or even tables.

college brochures
on the coffee table
autumn color

From “Grade Five Rapids”
A Hundred Gourds 2:1, December 2012

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.

hushed dawn

December Haiku Share

Thanks to Kirsten Cliff for giving me the idea to pull haiku from some of our collaborative rengay. I never thought of them as stand-alone haiku before, until I re-read them all again yesterday and realized that each haiku really did have a life of its own, outside of the rengay. The starter haiku below is from “The Scent of Pine” , the first (of thirteen!) rengay that Kirsten and I wrote together this year:

hushed dawn
bird tracks
in the snow

From “The Scent of Pine” rengay with Kirsten Cliff; A Hundred Gourds 1:3, June 2012

 

Suggested themes: dawn, birds, snow, winter, or animal tracks. Or pull a haiku from a rengay you have written. 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.

Perseid’s shower

December Haiku Share

I decided to veer away from weather today, and wouldn’t you know, I had a hard time finding a haiku that didn’t at least hint at the weather in some way. I guess it’s one of our favorite topics around these parts. So instead, today’s theme is astronomical phenomena, dreams, or nighttime.

Perseid’s shower
the blurred edges
of last night’s dream

A Hundred Gourds 2.1, December 2012

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.