Saturday, August 30, 2008

Autumn Haiku 2008

Hey folks! Just a reminder, please e-mail me at to be included in Fall Haiku 2008!!

Click HERE to see the Autumn Haiku 2008 site.
bronze tipped grass
bent with dew

Friday, August 29, 2008

the leaf's chewed edge releases the moon

Late Summer

Clouds drifting slowly
through the sunny blue sea
late summer breeze
warms my heart and bone
in a peaceful moment.
blood on the pillow -
the mosquito
of my dream


sang sur l'oreiller -
le moustique
de mon rêve

Summer Haiku 2008 shutting down a little early

running away from
the fickle guy -

Hi Everyone,
This site will shut down earlier than scheduled: on Saturday, August 30, in the afternoon, instead of September 1st.

I am preparing to evacuate before Tropical Storm Gustav makes landfall. My tentative plan is to drive from New Orleans to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Right now, the co-administrator, Steve, is busy setting up the Autumn site, so he won't be taking over the Summer one. He has enough to do right now, plus if Hanna heads his way, he might also have evacuation plans.

It's been a pleasure to haiku with you. I hope to participate more in the Autumn.

again, she pauses
in front of him
in her new sports bra
his eyes remain focused
on his book
morning jaunt
single yellow rose
waves in the breeze

Thursday, August 28, 2008

morning tea in bed ~
she stirs
tea party
under the linden tree ~
snails in our shoes
midnight shift
stopped by the smell of rain
at open bay doors

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Autumn Haiku 2008

Hello one and all! With such wonderful works of expression abounding, we have decided to help Isabel out with the 2008 Autumn Haiku site!

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This blog will last from September 1, 2008, and end on December 20th.

Here's looking forward to Autumns wonders!!
All the best,
Steve - Administrator and Alan - Co-Administrator.

Autumn, turning

With a fluttering
Canada geese turn south and
Ginkgo leaves turn gold
autumn blowing in -
morning commute-
mimosa leaves uncurl
and welcome the day
Gathering swallows -
I gave up summer
before it ended.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My friend, Juliet P. went to the Audubon Zoo Insecterium this past Sunday. She was inspried to write:

fitting in
moving about

surrounded by insects
swarms of

little pests
here and there
whiny children
in the corner
ran out

(Poet-in-Residence blogspot now has a review of John McDonald's haiku book - The Throu-Gaun Chiel)
last days of summer
chanmpagne grapes in the market
mums starting to bloom


Two full moons
and the brightest mars:
summer end


Two moons
so far away
yet so near
like rain landing gently
on my open arms


Monday, August 25, 2008


Summer Olympics competition
a four year circle
for the sake of the world
may it never be unbroken.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

clouds, wind and rain
takes my mood from august
to september
gardening today
in front of blood red grass
black sedum blooming

Steve will be taking over

Steve has agreed to become the Fall Administrator! Thank you.

He is in the process of creating the new blog. I am helping him transfer links over to the Fall site.

There will be another post soon, asking for emails, so he can send invitations.


Wanted: A c0-administrator
Job-check comments and delete spams, when Steve needs a break or goes on a short vacation.

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics
the world's best athletes
fiercely compete, but in peace
just for a few weeks reigns
in late summer sun
idle thoughts drift in warm air
-a bouncing tennis ball
back and forth in the distance,
echoes double game of dreams

Saturday, August 23, 2008


For such as this ray
Of moonlight dusting your face
Were galaxies made

Leaning Toward Fall

cool evenings
keeping fleece in the car
to rode home in
summer shower -
I close my book
to breathe the rain


averse d'été -
je ferme mon livre
pour respirer la pluie

Friday, August 22, 2008

eating one ripe peach
every day
until they're gone
blue streak -
no time for one breath even
evening walk-
moonlight dancing on
freshly watered lawn

Thursday, August 21, 2008

one of these days now
at the mall, i'm sure i'll hear
some christmas carols
winter moon
the wolf’s howl floats away
Next to each other:
Thistle fluff--new Queen Anne's Lace--
Going and coming.

trash day chore
hacking away at huge bush
to fill trash can

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

rain -
from stream to cloud
the one water

Moment of truth

Missing training wheels

sweat and anxiety

Daddy!!! Look at me!!!
a tree branch adrift
all those tangled banks upstream
and yet you are here

(derived from the summer haiku 2008 header)
trash day
new school supplies wrappings
overflow cans

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

midsummer folly
passionate tango between
sun and rain clouds

early ginko
shawl of morning glories
fill neighbor's fence
on a gentle slope
beside a track
pale Cyclamen were trembling

Monday, August 18, 2008

tree ice—
sunlight inches down
the bedroom chair
this place, the laughter
too quickly summer closes
one more memory
her parting words
don't see me anymore
ending summer

Sunday, August 17, 2008

snow brighter than the day moon between the caribou
children playing
secure in the knowledge
more summers will come
through her garden
of sunflowers
the old lady flickers

Doorway To Love

seeds of love must pass
a doorway from now to then
a blossom grows there
sweetest lotus men do seek
to drink of waters so pure

scared haze of gold
an essence beyond compare
strip hearts of men bare
their souls search in lust and pain
while seeds of life bare fruit
first thing to do
take off these sandals
wash away the sand

Saturday, August 16, 2008

dark clouds roll in
dress flies up
cool wind

nocturnal symphony
honking sounds

jewels sparkling at
end of palm leaves
raindrops hanging on
at market today
red and ornage rose trees
waving you inside
mistral evening -
wine drops
on the tablecloth


soir de mistral -
des gouttes de vin
sur la nappe
Through the aperture
Of retrospect, prismed past
Shimmers a mirage
They come from the beach
clutching at the last sun rays
defying autumn

Friday, August 15, 2008

After a full year

Liking what I bought

a midsummer moon
its craters deep in shadow
filled with dark longings

a small pool
people sunbathing
last few rays
afternoon on the block
shrieks of laughter
and basketball thumps

Thursday, August 14, 2008

familiar smell
with my eyes closed-
summer rain
it's cramped in the back
a thirteen hour road trip -
i can't stop smiling


long road trip

timid moon, tonight
blushes red, after the rain
-kissed by a rainbow

dog racing
through cut grass:
his green nose

pleasant surprise-
depsite Japanese beetles
rose bush blooms

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

watching birds
dive down to the river
and back up-
good news and bad news
on the same day


Feather on the breeze
Unseen hand wafts it aloft
Into the ether
quiet, in the shade
golden retriever twitches -
dreaming of sprinklers
aboard summer clouds,
as I tiptoe on the flowing sky
-fallen under my feet

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

business district walk
no green, just baking asphalt -
sweating, parched, weary
hot sun up above
white powdered sand underneath -
world passing me by

Monday, August 11, 2008

road trips and beaches
friends, liquor, and a lighthouse -
summers of my past

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Dance of a thousand
Fans, ginkgo leaves' fluttering
Beguiles frenzied light
the alchemy of dawn
steals silent into my dreams
turning them to gold

Weather change

Sweet music
after hot days

Friday, August 8, 2008

silent dawn -
some black ants
some red ants


silence de l'aube -
quelques fourmis noires
quelques fourmis rouges
in the park -
leaves dripping
the boy's jar
of ladybirds,smashed:
a red patch spreading

Thursday, August 7, 2008

after weeks
it finally comes,
the rain-
watching it alone
from our bed

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

the gardener
leans over his flowers -
they gaze up at him
rain in the air
wishing it would come
to cut mugginess

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

wanting to lie
in the curve of the moon-
cooler, quieter
Lake Cayuga
a carp mouths the girl’s reflection


Thunderstruck lovers
Surrender to night's siren
Both captive and free

Saturday, August 2, 2008

perfect weekend plans-
hanging out with my sisters
with movies and dip

Friday, August 1, 2008

system shock over
new growth on latest plants
mallow soon to bloom

Thursday, July 31, 2008

a clean, well-lighted place
shadows of leaves fleck the old man
a summer wedding,
confetti papering the sky
- the seagulls.
My skin maps
a battlefield -
insect assaults
early commute
trunk filled with flowers
on freshly cut lawn

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

almost midday
a rumbling reminder
that California
still remains
earthquake haven

over the fence

the evening breeze
and the odour
of barbecue coals and petrol

with burnt chicken
- or is it fish?
cleaning kitchen
Yuki* pounces on leaves
from flower cuttings

* a white cat

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

in the shade
of a slatted fence - cat
dreams of being a tiger

in the stifling heat
the night’s oppressive silence
broken by thumping
as my heart beats basso notes
in concert with bare longing

early commute-
lone peach rose
blooming on bush

Sunday, July 27, 2008

mountain lake
the night air fills the loon's call

After the storm

tart with tears -
still hanging on limb
lemon with raindrops

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tourists with Cameras

which way to turn
always looking through a lens
not seeing

© 2008, gerald england

See more at Stockholm by Plenty


Starless night

Starless night
Cricket song echos in
Ebony stillness

Friday, July 25, 2008

sweltering evening
more wading pools in yards
than last few days

Morning Anomaly

Grey morning dampness

cool breeze on my face

creeping July sun

muffled hum of AC
dog days of summer
the cat and I napping
in front of the fan

Thursday, July 24, 2008

for Estelle Getty

hushed laughter
Hollywood bids adieu
to a Golden Girl

long journey

driving home
through the rain
and the cross-winds

canalside late lunch
I eye the black labrador
eye my mackerel

steamy dusk
long line at ice cream truck

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

After two year wait

My blue satin hibiscus

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

sniffing the buddleia:
my nose
amongst bees' wings
scorcher weekend*
white wine instead of red
ice cream for dinner

*82 degrees at 2 AM

Monday, July 21, 2008

if the earth
would stop moving
I could stay
in this shaded spot-
restless thoughts

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bodies of water,
Man and sea, all things spring from
Their fluidity
muggy evening -
at the camp store
bug spray sells out

Saturday, July 19, 2008

warm afternoon
working in the garden
blunts the toohache

Friday, July 18, 2008


the cyclist pauses
to analyse clouds

© 2008, gerald england
hot summer day
coleus perking up
after watered

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Walking to work

shade for
shade-giver -
paper umbrella

red balloon -
gecko's throat
puffing up
through the window-
children laughing and splashing
beach ball bounces high


Sultry heat
midsummer lethargy:
dog star shines


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

...washing his car -
snail cuddles up
to the leaky hose
early commute
red tiger lillies
bounce in the wind

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

treasure for
garbage men -
cool, clean Gatorade bottles


thunderstorm outside-
enjoying the water's power
and plants' litheness

Monday, July 14, 2008

July 14th

the old outpost
Vive la France!

Isabel of New Orleans

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Rising late
rushes through morning chores:
mouldy strap

path of the prowler:
rose petals

Saturday, July 12, 2008

birthday party
the shadow of a vulture
flits by
this ghostly summer
a thin sun shattered by storms
-another false dawn
after the rain-
weeds spring up shin high
in two days

Friday, July 11, 2008

in warm night air,
cleaning my lungs
but not my mind-
juggling thoughts


mystery hibiscus
almost ready to bloom

Thursday, July 10, 2008

staccato of rain
pounds the tin roof
the silence between
two estranged lovers
is deafening

Vic Gendrano

For a rainy day

each time
a woman cries
in the street
I want my coffee
without sugar

the rain has gone
will come again
will go
just like you

this champagne
was a gift from another girl
who told me
“save it
for a rainy day”

I know a story
that if you drink champagne
and want those bubbles
you add sugar

If you like your champagne
for more than a rainy day
leave a sugar spoon
with its handle hanging inside
just like your perfume is in me

mid day rain-
tiny rill full of leaves
rushes to run off
this strange July sun
washed and faded by the rain
is summer's shadow;
faint souvenir of another
when the sun and your smile were one

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Seventh Inning

seventh inning
the drunk's jokes
become funny
midnight fox
through the puddled street:
his brush distorting the moon


Besides allergies
so many other complaints:
sudden weather change

today's gardening-
pulling weeds from flower pots
chatting with the rose bush

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

summer nights —
falling asleep to the drips
of the day's swimsuits

(Cross-posted over at But Wait, There's More!)

summer heat
the swirling wind lifts
her flowing skirt

Vic Gendrano

From my book, Rustle of bamboo leaves,
but first published in World Haiku Review
Vol. 5, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2005
garden snail
crunched underfoot -
a nut on the path
roses' heads
above the wall -
dark and stormy night
cat curls on the pillow
after thunder starts

Monday, July 7, 2008

in a shaded corner:
a dandelion-clock
Where's Daddy,
she cried - The summer rain
watched him go


Noisy birds
keep me sleepless:
midnight moon


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sound of water

Water falling, sound
Of God's voice, epiphany
In trickle and roar

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Another Argument

another argument
smell of poison
before the wasp's nest

Friday, July 4, 2008

summer midday
the street preacher pauses
to lick an ice cream

In my book, Rustle of bamboo leaves,
but first published in World Haiku Review,
Vol. 2, Issue 2, July 2002
holiday morning
shift from hell at work
trying to cool down

Thursday, July 3, 2008

summer roof rack —
two bicycles, a surfboard,
and a rocking chair

(Cross-posted at But Wait, There's More!)

Maintain integrity
grey cell recovering
Summer Holiday

Genskab helheden
og aflaster hjernecellerne

Bach's Cello Suites
leave the room -
corn-stalks trembling

Just Chillin'

Lazy Afternoon
Yuki catching a quick nap
to play hard later

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


To silence, a thrush
Calls for her long-distant love
An endless solo

the morning heat comes
in a shroud of cloud today,
a summer in veil,
it spreads hidden and silent
like your caresses at dawn.

coming home at dawn
scarlet daylilly
greets me by the step
tired and running
like water
off a truck's back

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

the cool
of a sporting goods store
in July


move book, hit keys -
warm weekend-
extra long line in front of
Mr.Softee truck

Monday, June 30, 2008

fireflies dance
as the crickets sing
to the moon

summer haze

summer haze
everyone has gone away
open doorway

photo by lori bierly
words by mandy smith
© 2008

encouraged by the doorway prompt at One Single Impression

half the year gone

half the year gone
daisies and buttercups
soon to be mown

© 2008, gerald england


Baby birds leaving

Baby birds leaving
their nest today, hesitant.
What awaits us here?

* * *

Nyt lintulapset
lähtevät, epäröiden.
Mikä odottaa?
breakfast of daisies:
sunny-sides up

Sunday, June 29, 2008

These strange woods
longing keeps us on the move.
Home. There yet?

* * *

Outoja metsiä
kaipaus pitää liikkeellä.
Koti. Perillä?
Milky Way -
a little stone in my left
rope-soled sandal


voie lactée -
un petit caillou
dans mon espadrille gauche

Saturday, June 28, 2008

after the rain
red and white rose of sharon
drinks in the last drops

Friday, June 27, 2008

during the warm rain
seeing order emerging
from the chaos
a pine-kissed lily
under a veil of midgets;
on a pond’s mirror

summer reflection,
peeping between sun and cloud
--on a raindrop

listless -
watching grey clouds
do a jigsaw puzzle


In the flower pot
scattered petals of roses--
summer's first shower



Awaits a rickshaw
under the gulmohar tree
a girl with lilac



Adds colour
to summer blossoms
the heat wave

morning surprise-
wild strawberries poking out
from new cut grass

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Left to right
the lump of pain in chest--


Remains of the Day

two hard days later
on the east side of the house
new raised garden bed

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

a lilly blooms
near a makeshift cross
war-ravaged field

Vic Gendrano

Thought I would announce here that I just uploaded to my blog site,
my ten best haiku which were recently published in the May 2008 issue of World Haiku Review.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

early commute-
coral coreopsis
dancing in the breeze
humid hot air
slowly swirls around me
in hazy moonlight-
pen stops when I hear
a far away riverboat

high humidity–
she's in another country
the woman I love


Midnight Breeze

summer heat binds soul
dreams float free on midnight breeze
soft moon tides lead home
Mighty summer rain
All these long years we
have grown, together

* * *

Väkevä sade
Nämä pitkät vuodet me
kasvoimme, kaksin

Monday, June 23, 2008

lazy afternoon-
moving the chair once in a while
to stay in the sun
(flickr/ atomicshark)

blue hydrangea —
its specific gravity
pulling me in

(Cross-posted at But Wait, There's More!)

in the scorching sun
the rose bush faints --in envy
of the geranium
the mountain pines
into a spilled matchbox
high noon
at the mountain hut
and the day's first visitor
wild flower
hanging blue and yellow
...artist's dripping brush

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Back From Vacation...

I just got home yesterday from my four-day trip to Northern Wisconsin, specifically the Ashland to Bayfield area around Lake Superior. (My copy of "dust of summers," the 2007 Red Moon Anthology, made a wonderful travel companion!)

ojibwa blade
obsidian whirls
in tyler forks

summer evening
the fourth bride
on three-bridge trail

thirty feet
above copper falls--
soft wood

bitter coffee
in morning lake-light
the ferry's hum

lake superior downpour
the heat of lantern flame
beneath my hand

crowded wayside
two-ply toliet paper
becomes one-ply

just home
making mac 'n cheese
without the milk

It is so light

It is so light -
I can write to you
all this summer night

* * *

On niin valoisaa -
näen kirjoittaa sinulle
koko pitkän yön

Here, close to the Arctic circle, we now have endless day. No stars, no moon, no lights needed - only sun.

canalside brunch–
our dog loses her stick in a pond
to another swimmer

Weblink: Parson Jack Russell

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Heat wave

heat wave
tempers, temperature rise
global warming near?

lingering heat wave
all designer bras
suddenly on sale

Vic Gendrano
after dinner
we walk down the sidewalk,
looking through windows,
enjoying the warmth-
summer solstice

Friday, June 20, 2008

learning new songs
in the hazy night air-
warm day outside
longer time for garden chores
before work commute
summer solstice
fall clothing catalogues
in the mailbox
cool air on my neck
opening door
first blast of Hades

eighteen summers

the glue remains
of a paper heart

A slight update was needed for this haiku. I can just about see some glue left from a couple of paper hearts stuck onto lamp posts from someone who had actually posted over half a dozen hearts (and a few chalk messages on pavements) on my route from work to home. It was very romantic, and her ploy worked, as we went out for a few years. ;-)

The original version:

fourteen summers
the glue remains
of a paper heart

The Haiku Calendar 2004
Snapshots Press ISBN 1-903543-07-X


Thursday, June 19, 2008

first squash ready to be picked
from this year's garden

Summer night

Thrush's song in summer
night - have you laid your head
on the pillow yet?

* * *

Rastaan kesäyö -
oletko jo painanut
pääsi tyynylle?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

morning gardening
Yuki* rolls in the grass
while I deadhead plants

* the white cat
wrong trail turn
the scent and sight
of wildflowers

Tagalog version

maling daan
bango at tanawin
ligaw na mga bulaklak

Vic Gendrano

Wild Crops

abandoned garden
colorful caladiums
freight train
rumbles past -
spores leave on the draught

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

today's garden work-
cleaning out front yard bed
and chatting with kids


In darkening dusk
Sun gives way to moon, hushed world
Surrenders to night
Sun patches on leaves;
Bright dark shadows on the barn;
Yellow dots in field.

Presesnt to self-

Lady In Red

For the Mobile Garden

Monday, June 16, 2008

stifling morning heat
the speeding cars overtake
slow verse in my mind

Sunday, June 15, 2008

June rain -
a spider's web
in the watering can


pluie de juin -
une toile d'araignée
dans l'arrosoir

Saturday, June 14, 2008

summer heat
pulled from the brick wall
after sunset,
surrounding my body,
taking your place

At the Euro 2008 Football Tournament

expensive lager
unsold in the fan zone -
as we drink-in the atmosphere!

This is a huge sporting event. In Vienna beer remains unsold.
The monopoly suppliers are charging €4.50 in the fan zone
in a town where beer normally costs €3.00. Soccer fans refuse
to be ripped-off and are boycotting the product*.

lovley surprise-
full grown plant came in the mail
joy and rapture

Friday, June 13, 2008

arriving home...

phone books found
behind the door
something cold & slimy on my thumb

Genteel Messages

friday the 13th
auspicious ?
just published my poetry book!

details including poem and photo of Genteel Messages by Gwilym Williams
weekend plans-
helping friend landscape new house
after garden chores

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Yeah Buddy

UPS package
live plants in cool packaging-
extra garden time

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hot Afternoon

hot afternoon
clover heads bending
beneath the bee's weight

Summer in North Carolina

Saturday morning sun, scrutinizing,

9:00 AM, no coffee please


It's too hot to go to the pool.
herring gulls
far out on the high seas

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

steamy morning
moving slowly
while watering the plants


Baroque fountain
The hopeful child
Casts her copper wish

Wrong Notes

wrong notes
in the piano teacher's parlor
summer breeze

canary song
the piano teacher's dog barks
at my wrong notes

The Reluctant Pianist by William Arthur Breakspeare

Midnight sun

Light, colourful summer night
glancing out of the window
funfair lorries driving past
red flags
big surf
no jellyfishes
the sun
on the beach
cooking the jellyfishes

The moor

the moor
white with cotton-grass
no sign of Keith

© 2008 gerald england

Monday, June 9, 2008

graduation day

100 degrees-
doing the happy dance
when nephew's name is called
running from the sun
from building's shadow

Sunday, June 8, 2008


I have been dreaming
of gentle rain
touching my body
still I wake up
to another blue sky, heavy sun
and dry mouth

Saturday, June 7, 2008

distant rumble -
a moth between
shutter and pane


grondement lointain -
un papillon de nuit
entre vitre et volet

Friday, June 6, 2008

Birthday Weekend

my birthday weekend...
a tornado siren
through the sound of the rain

in my in-box, birthday greetings
and news of his death


R.I.P. Jim - June 6, 2008

I wrote the haiku/first link around 8:00 this morning, close to the time he passed away. The news reached me in an e-mail about three hours later. Jim was a very active member in my family's parish, and he will be missed dearly.


The first week or so of June is full of birthdays for my family. My birthday falls on the 8th, when we will also be celebrating my grandmother's--she turns 99 on the 10th.

grandma and I
on the nursing home porch
never so similar
as when my mother sits
between us

after ninety nine years
what more can we give her?
an afternoon walk
where she calls the apple blossoms

recovery week–
I let the summer breeze
out into my hair

after the rain
dormant hibiscus leafs up
baby's breath growth spurt

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Black Clouds

black clouds
my pages turn
two at a time
gratitude - blowing wind
even though
breeze is hot


Bearing witness
Willow weeps over
A new grave

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

summer rain

summer rain storm-
leaves clinging to branches
floating down the street

A spiked dandelion
Stands tall after a long rain.
It's a bad fluff day.

This Year In Paris

in my dreams at night
Paris cafes oft delight
my soul walks there free


reading about
Moscow '41 invasion
with AC on
evening to do-
ordering the garden plants
not found locally

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

firetruck sirens-
losing my thoughts of her

Sherbet sunset

The sherbet sun melts
Orange on the horizon
Like my dripping cone
A far away wind
Echoes like a memory
And then dies away.

Vacation Plans

vacation plans--
on the brochure cover
a garden like mine
after the rain
apple bloosom roses
finally open

Monday, June 2, 2008

swans preening -
of a lovers' knot

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Early Morning

early morning
the heat of potting soil
straight through my gloves

A hole in the clouds
Allows the blue sky to shine through;
Then, dark portends rain.

When we first met

When we first met
you looked at me like
apple blossoms
I fix again the net
on strawberry plants -
blackbirds' whistles


le filet refixé
sur les fraisiers -
un merle siffle
drills into my eyes
as I walk
down the dusty road-
spring fades away

Saturday, May 31, 2008

On left, sunny field;
On my right a darkened woods.
I walk shadowed road.

Friday, May 30, 2008

paintng class-
can't get the brush to capture
a lilly's beauty

May Breeze

may breeze
her face brightens
one window at a time

Thursday, May 29, 2008

perfect summer's day-
chatting with the neighbors
before work commute

Deep in the dark woods
Bright patch of light blue flowers.
Behind, a crow calls.

summer holidays...

alight nervously
from buses

the seaside
vacancy in her eyes

blue seas
and sunshine
in the postcard racks

and gulls
blow over the pier
among the rubble
their heads blown off

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Water falling
from the overhead tank--
sound wakes me up

inverted day-
birds start singing as I sleep
burgers for breakfast
Always the shadows
Etch darkness on road and trees
Celebrating light.

Oak Street Views

refreshment - at a price
10 year old boys
carrying home - kiddie pool

hot, little boy
can't decide -
ice cream or snow-ball

students -
sipping iced coffee
and smoking outside

...the coming water shortage

at the 4-lane
car wash
another one joins the queue

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

weekend shopping trip
blue rose of sharon and
two new flowerpots


Under moonless sky
Fireworks' breathless arc, their sparks
Short-lived chandeliers

New Moon

     new moon
these thousand summer stars
vanish with my wishes
     even in my dreams
you have ceased to touch me
cat stretched
on the quilt -
one patch of sunlight

Monday, May 26, 2008

still as death
inside a wild rose flower -
a tiny green and yellow spider
butterfly pair
back to back -
the still brown leaf

chasing a swallow
the ripples in the pond;
and they are gone

Reprised rain

Morning wind in trees
Shakes from leaves last night's rain like
Apres-bath Daisy

Delicate vortex:
Dandelion makes ready
Kamikaze flight.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

early morning
beats the alarm clock
a fly on my page
casts a shadow on "wisteria"
-half a verse remains
In the dead of night
I suddenly awaken
Empty room, no sounds,

Saturday, May 24, 2008

through the window...

great summer day
watching the clouds roll by
through the plant window

weeds meet the sun

on the surface of the pond;

out of their depth

spring Sunday -
brand new bicycles
along the towpath


dimanche printanier -
des vélos flambant neuf
sur le chemin du canal


distant thunder...
closing a door
I didn't open
wandering plant floor-
stopped by honeysuckle's scent
through open door

Friday, May 23, 2008

in the nest's dark bowl:
a shadow
hatching a song-bird

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fourth Watch

home after work
finally getting to bed
while sun rises

Enjoying the Day

lazy morning
Yuki* and I on the porch
watch the birds

*my white cat

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


still we look out
the same window

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, "Spring Flowers"

crabapple blossoms
you aren't


Unblessed my altar
in bed no waltz of love--
drought of summer



Two long hours
under the chinar:
lost full moon



Her wrinkled fingers
on the rudraksh rosary:
Buddha Purnima

through the bluebells
cat's bell
deep in the fourth watch
birds seranading the dawn
as I drift asleep

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Juliet's Haiku

My friend asked me to post some of her works.

Wizard of Oz sky
should I head

and timing
Zen Garden

difficult yoga pose
streching to the sky
gnarled tree branch

on meeting an acarid

the itch
of the tick
fast in the armpit

at poet-in-residence's blogspot

after the rain

soggy weekend-
weed duty much easier
at start of the week

May meadow

Clover-filled meadow
Bees luxuriate and hum
A colt finds his feet

Monday, May 19, 2008

my heart skips
as I look above-
Birds building a nest
in the garden tree - we had
so much in common

* * *

Linnut tekevät
pesää - meillä oli niin
paljon yhteistä


A dancing bouquet
Yellow butterflies blossom
On the river's edge

Sunday, May 18, 2008

full moon -
on the dark river
a swan

storm warning!

dark clouds
than on the horizon


go on fly
out of the window
cool and dark
the woodland
with garlic on its breath
May wind -
somebody whistles
in another garden


vent de mai -
quelqu'un siffle
dans un autre jardin
warm afternoon
enjoying the garden views
on the back deck

Saturday, May 17, 2008

white blossoms, wet grass,
the empty bench... anticipate
the lovers’ arrival

blowing in the wind
she wears proud her summer dress;
shivering in May

Friday, May 16, 2008

after the rain

after a warm rain
grass shoots up slower than weeds
coleus expands
blossoms in his pocket:
the old man
tries to remember...


flourishins in's pooch:
the bodach
ettles tae mind...

(one for Alan)

welcome to summer and...

the drone
of bees
and lawn-mowers

Thursday, May 15, 2008

morning gardening-
sculpting pockets of beauty
between hot concrete


like poison
from deep in my veins
I draw out
these days of summer
from a spring without you
I dream in colours
waking up only to find
spring snow on the lawn

Little Changes

Hello Everyone,
I changed the default text color to red, because the green was not standing out against the yellow background.

Per Gerald's request, I reduced the picture of the header (The Miss. River) to 600 pixels (fit to size option).

If anyone is having problems with seeing the site, let me know so I can reduce it more.

I wanted to take pictures of Spanish Moss at Audubon Park and a view from Lake Pontchartrain, but it's pouring right now. The weekend should be sunny and clear and the new pictures should be up by Monday or Tuesday of next week.

I'll work on adding the Poet's links in the next few days.

Happy Haikuing.


In every wild bud
Summer comes

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Dandelion seeds:
Fledgling summer
Takes flight

Hi! I'm new and hope to contribute some complementary summer haikus.


distant views
denied by full-leaved trees
the evening sun shines

© 2008 gerald england

summer stillness

summer stillness banked above the shoreline rhododendrons

photo: phill deason
words: mandy smith
© 2008

summer mowing -
the tractor starts
the meadow leaps
a May morning stroll,
interrupted by blue blossoms
-in her lover's eyes


After little rain
lilies smile with hibiscus--
the sun in May



through the hanging creepers
shade and warmth



She sings the morning
with hands between the legs:
summer drenches


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hi Isabel, and Steve,

Thanks for starting up the summer haiku blog!

talk of tangerines-
Frank O'Hara leaves me
an eager note 

*tangerines is an early Summer kigo
Frank O'Hara's 'Poem' is about an invite
to see a friend in the summer, but by the time
he visits, it's both Autumn and his friend is dead.

My wish is that we "talk of tangerines" for some considerable time! ;-)

all my best,

Profits go to literacy projects for children.


Welcome to Summer Haiku 2008

Hi Ya'll from:
Isabel - Administrator and Steve - Co-Administrator.

This blog will last from May 12, 2008 and end on September 1, 2008.

I am still in the process of adding more links, pictures and widgets, but enough of the site is up to start posting.

Have fun. Keep cool!


This blog is open to all haiku poets! Please submit your FAMILY-FRIENDLY haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, or haibun.

You can also submit photos or drawings to enhance our experience of reading your one-breath thoughts!

Artwork or photographs should be the original work of the contributor. If not, it is the contributor's responsibility to ensure that they have permission to use the work.

ALL POSTS WILL BE BOLD AND IN DARK RED. If you decide to use another color, please make sure that your text doesn't disappear into the background.

The only requirement for posting is that there should be a Summer theme.

Postings/day: 3 maximum.

How To Join

To be invited to this blog, send your:

your email address
your nom de plume
a link to your blog or website

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