Friday, October 30, 2009

autumn sunset

autumn sunset
dripping Van Morrison's
Tupelo honey

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

reading haiku

reading haiku
at 3 a.m.
rain drums the skylight

Friday, October 16, 2009

cold rain

cold rain
a maple leaf floats
in the water basin

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

the breached creek bank

breached creek bank
all day half-living
in last night's dream

Sunday, October 11, 2009


I started this blog, appropriately, on April 1, 2007, with the intent of writing one haiku a day for a year, which I did for well over 2 years. Most haiku experts will admit that none of those first verses qualifies as haiku. It has been a journey, one I am deeply grateful to have your friendship and kindness as I made my way.

Writing a daily haiku feels more like work than an interesting challenge these days. I need to be untethered from the calendar and write as moved, which I hope doesn't become too infrequent. I have felt anxiety, not wanting to let my readers down. I am so grateful for your support.

I have another challenge I am not sure how to approach. Most journals are now accepting haiku that have not appeared in print or on line in any forum. I need to think about whether the day-to-day camaraderie and support I get is more important to me than publishing. I could post here the haiku I don't intend on submitting, but a) it's hard to know how good a poem is sometimes when it's fresh, whether it's a keeper or not, and b) I don't want the quality of my blog to consist only of the sub-par haiku. I welcome your advice. I don't like feeling like I have to choose between my blog and publishing. Suggestions?

I've renamed the blog to break from the daily commitment. I am using a line from a haibun and what will be the title of my book, the rising mist. The URL remains the same.

Warmest thanks,


Thursday, October 08, 2009

mackerel sky

pine shavings curl
in the hand plane
mackerel sky

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


this unnamed flock
no less beautiful

Sunday, October 04, 2009


the leaf's shadow
on the pond dapples
brocaded carp

Friday, October 02, 2009

deep autumn

deep autumn
we read love poems once
in these woods

Thursday, October 01, 2009

autumn dew

autumn dew
bird seed sprouting
in the old feeder