creepy crawlers

When I saw “insects / bugs” for the  July/ Aug Sketchbook haiku thread kigo, I was temporarily stumped. What was there to say about these critters that hasn’t already been said, by Issa in particular. But then,  I picked up my pen and wrote the following:

Tai Chi morning
a spider climbs slowly
up the wall

shortest night
on the breeze, one thousand
cricket voices


is it love?
moths circle
before a flame

sultry afternoon
the iridescent sheen
of dragonfly wings

cricket song –
sleeping at night
with an open window

The entire thread can be read here.

Four of these haiku made John Daleiden’s Editor’s Choice list, and rather than just list the haiku randomly, John chose to arrange them into haiku sequences. My haiku appear in “Cricket Songs: A Haiku Sequence”, “Hometown Memories: A Haiku Sequence”, and “Shadow Darners: A Haiku Sequence”. All the haiku sequences can be read here.

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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 23

May 23 prompt: pets

The Humane Society estimates that there are approximately 77.5 million owned dogs in the U.S., and 93.6 million owned cats. That adds up to a while lot of pets that we share our lives with, and doesn’t even include  the gerbils, hamsters, rats, snakes, parakeets, fish, frogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, and others.

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My cat,
frisking in the scale,
records its weight.

–Issa



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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 11

May 11 prompt: spiders and spiderwebs

I don’t know what it is about spiders, but I never seem to get tired of writing haiku about them and their webs. Maybe it has a little something to do with the fact that we have so many of them around these parts!

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all the baby spiders
scatter
to make a living

— Issa



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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 10

May 10 prompt: ocean, tides, and shore

Today is the first quarter moon, which apparently causes neap tides.  So today’s prompt  is to write about tides, or more generally, about anything having to do with the ocean or shore.

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the woman
leads into the mist —
low tide beach

— Issa



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