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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If you don't receive an invitation, check your TRASH or BULK or SPAM mailbox, in case the invitation ended up in those folders.

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