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!

To be invited to this blog, send your:

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

to Steve at

If you participated in the previous seasonal blog, and all the information is the same, just let Steve know that fact.

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

You will need to register with Blogger in order to contribute to the blog. You can register with your email address; you don't need to get a gmail address.

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 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 an AUTUMN theme.

Postings/day: 3 maximum.

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