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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starry starry night

The Sketchbook kukai kigo this month was “starry night”. I wrote pages of candidate haiku, so it was hard to select only three to submit! I finally decided to go with the following:

starry night
he asks for one more
bedtime story

fireflies
another
starry night

starry night
outside my window
a bloomed agave

The complete results can be read here.