Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Time to Change

Most of the Summer Haiku Blog 2008 is up.

I've sent out the invitations.

Click here to begin posting!

From Spring to Summer

Monday, May 12, 2008

Summer time

It’s a lifetime
the learning process,
but it seems evidence
that after Spring
comes Summer


Thank you to all of you for this wonderful Spring Haiku.

Jens / Ashi

Saturday, May 10, 2008

May morning -
three ants in the lid
of the honey jar


matin de mai -
trois fourmis dans le couvercle
du pot de miel

Friday, May 9, 2008

Day in day out

Day in, day out,
it is raining - old birch trees
knitting a green lace

Päivästä toiseen
sataa - koivut kutovat
vihreää pitsiä

Thursday, May 8, 2008

afternoon commute
spring rain soothing
my jangles nerves

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

after shift from hell
pulling out extra weeds
form the garden beds
red-tipped apple blossom -
bee visits the
house of a thousand kisses

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Enjoying the sights...

afternoon commute
dogwood blossoms
bounce in the breeze
such joy
cherry blossom swirling:
one rides on a dog's nose

Monday, May 5, 2008

home depot run
chatting with the maples
to see which one is mine

balmy spring evening

a fox startled in the headlights;

coming out of church

Sunday, May 4, 2008

cherry blossoms
May wind and butterfly -
writing a haiku ?


fleurs de cerisiers
vent de mai et papillon -
écrire un haiku ?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

quiet afternoon
landscape planning
for friend's new house

Early Summer Evening

It’s getting late
blue sky and white clouds
Blackbird and I
still sitting out
enjoying the evening

Friday, May 2, 2008

retail therapy

hard month at work
mulling over which new plant
will make it better

Summer Haiku 2008 in a fortnight

About a fortnight to start Summer 2008 Haiku

This haiku site will end on May 12, 2008.

Is there a Haiku Soul who wants to create and administer the Summer Haiku 2008 blog?

Write to me at ashi@kjaersweb.dk

I haven't been written much this Spring, but I have the feeling that Spring Haiku 2008 has been a rather productive for others. I hope that this spirit will continue in a Summer Haiku 2008 blog.

first of May

first of May
in the rose bush
a fresh feeder

text and image © 2008 gerald england
origami class -
sun through the window
unfolds a tulip

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Day
an ominous lump on
the radiograph
afternoon chores
filling some new flower pots
while the dryer runs
mother's hands
buried in the earth -
her cherry tree blossoming

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

renga party!

I've just finished a nijuin renga workshop for The Poetry School, and submitted it for publication.

For a feel of the atmosphere, on a fine spring day, please visit this weblink:
Area 17:

shorter evening
an overcast sky follows me
into the pub

all my best,

32 days and counting to the deadline!
The With Words Online Haiku Competition

morning commute
atop flowering dogwood
half moon rests

Arctic spring

always surprising -
from the African summer
the early swallows


aina yllättäen -
Afrikan kesästä
varhaiset pääskyset

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


after car dies
renting one
to go plant shopping

Early trip to the grocery store

dancing to disco music
while 20-something employee
wonders what it is

new pin on chest
still joined

my only vacation this summer -
sipping beer
from Newcastle, UK

first iris unfurls
in the monrning sun

Monday, April 28, 2008

trees dance
in the sunset glow-
spring breeze
in the spring breeze
escorting the blackbird's flight
petals in a flutter
in dawn's silence,
the din of restless thought, shushed
by gardenia scent
watercolour dawn,
pansies that sway in the breeze;
like potted butterflies

Sunday, April 27, 2008

memories forsaken
the golden yellow
of this one rose
dawn light
nothing else
in the spider web


lumière de l'aube
rien d'autre
dans la toile d'araignée

Saturday, April 26, 2008

daffodils dead

daffodils dead
dandelions and daisies
take over

© 2008, gerald england

Friday, April 25, 2008

digging garden bed
enjoying the warm soil
through my fingers

Thursday, April 24, 2008

a chorus of frogs
beyond the high gate
vastness settles in

11:30 Mass

Lunch at In-Laws

Children playing

in backyard garden

Wife holds my hand

profusion of color

morning commute
rainbow of lillies
swaying in the breeze

Flowers for Alfons (April, 1945)

Along the rivers bank,

Poppies erupt

Staccato, crimson bursts

Seeping slowly

Into the Oder
blossoms opening
and my grateful heart, too —
impossibly wide

(Cross-posted - with photo and story -
at But Wait, There's More!)

theatre bar

with dodgy characters
from Dostoyevsky
green velvet shoes
and she turns
her ankle

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


after shift from hell
ordering plants online
to decompress

yet another april shower ...

the peach tree
in the driving hailstone

chaffinches arrived

you children of spring
the first victim of traffic
was buried today

te kevään lapset
aikaisin täällä ja nyt jo
kuolleena maassa

cool morning

cool morning
in these spring leaves
fall colors

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

late morning
chatting with the new plants
to see who goes where

Monday, April 21, 2008

Who wins?

dumpster stink
jamines vine flowering
sweet smell dominates

weekend fun

when the car was fixed
doing my first plant runs
with weekly shopping
colors of sunset
land on the mountain top
brushed by the breeze

Sunday, April 20, 2008

april wind -
a dead leaf
in my right shoe


vent d'avril -
une feuille morte
dans ma chaussure droite


Saturday, April 19, 2008

post pluvia

post pluvia
so many sakura
reach for the sky

photo by lori bierly
words by mandy smith
© 2008


12 degree night
first culottes and
cleavages spill out
on sidewalks outside clubs
there's skin again

Friday, April 18, 2008

chatting with girlfriend
landscaping plans for her yard
with a space for me

Haiku - Vows

morning in my town –
bees and their blossoms
renewing vows

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

Thursday, April 17, 2008


after a hard shift
warring against the wild mint
battling all ivy
his wheelchair shaded
my arthritic knees warm
in the sunlight

Following me

orange and black
going around and around

Breaking the Law

waiting to cross street
in the middle of block
NOPD car stops
officer permits me
to jaywalk

(NOPD = New Orleans Police Department)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April shower

a concert-goer
runs through the rain
- programme over his head

(info re free international haiku contest on my blog)
breeze through the tulips:
tinkers, tinkers,
until the petals fall off

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

morning commutes-
first new bud on the rose bush
hangs in the moonlight


Flowers turn
to the rising sun
in greeting


after winter's dark fastballs
some off-speed pitches

(Crossposted at @haikutime)

Monday, April 14, 2008


bad morning-
me versus the back yard weeds
they didn't have a chance

scents between seasons...
yesterday, onion grass
today, chimney smoke

(Crossposted at But Wait, There's More!)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

early morning opera -
wind, rain, and
loud thunder


falling so fast
it's invisible--
april rain

No Sunrise

no sunrise...
dew beads
on a dead lilac
in the puddles
cherry blossoms:
kaleidoscope in the breeze

Saturday, April 12, 2008

in the zoological gardens...

opens the iron door

panda bear
asleep in tree
- still as a stuffed toy

humbolt penguins
on the rocks
- observing the people

unmoved by life
behind glass

dusk nearing da
rk —
even the forsythia
gives in to grey

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

Friday, April 11, 2008


swirl of the dentist's drill...
rain falling
straight down


end of long week
overcoming work stress
and weed free beds
Spring shopping, I meet
good old friends from Italy
Primofiori lemons

Thursday, April 10, 2008


long legged spider
struts slowly
my slower shadow

crow in the tree above
I look at him

smoker's bench
taking the liberty I sit
and draft haiku

Great Find...

on the way home
sitting out on the curb -
free tiger lillies
black gold
that I can't wear -

little palpitations
as the numbers turn -
buying gasoline

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

wherever I looked today....

on each other's backs
bulb shopping-
planning a neighbor's garden
on her dime

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Spring rain

spring rain-
maganolia and dogwood petals
wooshing past traffic

Monday, April 7, 2008

Don't panic!

at the side
of the path -
the lion's-teeth*

(*lion's-teeth are quite harmless - it's a straight translation of the german word for dandelion)

the bamboo tries once more
to straighten up

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

Sunday, April 6, 2008


the soldier wounds himself
with a plant bulb he uproots
"April is the cruelest month"
to keep fighting at the front
with babies at home

[third line line by t.s. eliot; "heard" in the dream]
reaching for a vest -
cherry blossom
laden with snow

Saturday, April 5, 2008

mountain meltwater

thickening sky
mountain meltwater
surges by

photo by lori bierly
words by mandy smith
© 2008

Paignton 2008

harbourside puddle
a group of young turnstones
warble and waddle

words & photograph © 2008 gerald england

Our boy stops to ask
how the grass knows
when to start

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

Friday, April 4, 2008

morning break-
shopping for new rose bushes
for Mother's Day

In the north

(In central Finland we still have loads of snow and all the lakes are frozen until early May. But, already, there is the warm sunshine and the first migrating birds.)

under the ice crust
unseen, unknown to us all
the fish greet the spring

jään alla hiljaa
kaloille tulee kevät
salaa kaikilta
a first bee bumping
through the forsythia:

Thursday, April 3, 2008

cool spring day-
wishing the fleece was enough
in the shade

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spring Sales

hot spring sales-
potted lillies and tulips
on the green lawn
African violets

cat staring at thermometer
in window box
hunting green lizard

on the way to work

not thinking of winning
I race the creek

(also twittered at "butwait")


Walking over
a carpet of dried leaves
hears own footsteps

without knowing why
I reach up to touch a new
unfurling leaf


spring thaw —
an old friend reaches
for the phone

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

morning commute-
magnolia blossoms shimmer
under waning moon

Tokyo station-
my spring footsteps
over Basho's frog


Monday, March 31, 2008

Weed Therapy

sunday afternoon
weeding the front bed by hand
moving back to calm
first day of summer time -
playground slide
...a silver waterfall

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Walking in the French Quarter - 3/27/2008

I took a couple of master classes this past Thursday as part of the Tennessee Williams Festival.

I had to walk several blocks to my car to go back to work, but it was a beautiful spring day!

Royal and St. Louis St.
classical notes spring
from upright piano

Royal and Toulouse
blues music
happy band

lunch in alley
warm beans and tortillas

Saturday, March 29, 2008

windy again -
crow raises
a ragged wing

how do they know?

in the cool dark place
- the spuds


Spring revelry
on the Ganga's bank
my lone home

March snow -
white flowers
in the forsythia


neige de mars -
des fleurs blanches
dans le forsythia


The retirement community where I live is uniquely affordable for those of us less privileged. Still nothing can be or is wasted. A thrift shop on the grounds does a brisk business in items no longer needed by community residents. Its profits support the classes and cultural events offered by the Residents Association. Two residents trade a small refrigerator and a full-size one, the small one ultimately a gift to me. I purchase a microwave from another resident. Tonight, I carry a fan back to my room bought from yet another resident, thinking not only is necessity the mother of invention, but of conservation and caring.

the fan
goes round and round
my heart warms

Spring announcer

Black and white squares
flapping over ploughed field
Lapwing – another Spring announcer.

Sort / hvide firkanter
flaksende over pløjemarken
Viben – endnu en forårsbebuder

Friday, March 28, 2008

New Life

the ground is warming-
beautiful weeds in the yard
my fingers itching

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thru the Window

first watch-
stars hang in the forsythia

Easter weekend - pile-up on the autobahn!

Yellow helicopters
arriving at the crash scene
- not angry wasps

Day-glo doctors
working in the snow
with needles and stretchers

TV crew
with long cables -
cameras pointing everywhere
busy sparrow:
a long thread of grass
to weave around her

At the Bridal Department of the Consignment Store

future bride runs outside
not scared of prices
but of morning sickness

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

snow shower
on Knokke's dike -
where is the sea ?


averse de neige
sur la digue de Knokke -
où est passée la mer ?
blue skies
wisps of clouds
true artist - God

Moonligt Night

trying to catch sleep
seeing the moon travel
over the daffodils

Winter Bamboo

Bush of Bamboo
stands elegant
even with snow

spring by the calendar

more snow coming,
post equinox sun –
spray of orange peel
spring sunset
leaves me for the first time
in warm air
and loud crickets-
thinking of our first kiss

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

spring surfing-
looking for cool new plants
and flower boxes


Expand smile
marigolds yellow petals -
the spring sun



behind the nodding
trembling daffodils
the yellow bush
the wild forsythia
spring cleaning
brings back memories
of spring cleaning

Monday, March 24, 2008

early commute-
enjoying the moon
while driving to work
creekside -
bank swallows make
a withdrawal
first fledglings -
spring just got

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Mass

easter mass
the candle flames
stright up

[A slightly revised older haiku, made into a haiga]

Easter Day

Easter day afternoon daffodils thrive on snow melt

words and photo © gerald england 2008

This was at 2pm - see what it was like at 6am on Ackworth born, gone West.


spring tide

awaiting the coming spring tide with patience

words by mandy smith
photo by phill deasson
© 2008

encouraged by the prompt at One Single Impression.


Easter Sunday
I paint a free range egg
a bright blue

Please visit Area 17 for a haiga by newcomer Mrs Chris Hulbert, who was one of a few who braved the elements back in March, and consider leaving a comment that she can read: Herefordshire Haiku: poems on the move



Unable to clean
the cobweb of years he eats
the passover meal
but forgets to wash the feet:
now drinks good friday prayers

morning surprises
tiny new leaves on rose bushes
first magnolia bud

Saturday, March 22, 2008

UP AND DAWN (senryu series)

left cheek pressed
against the fantasy novel
two a.m. waking

up at three a.m.
the glow-in-the-dark Goddess
stands guard

memory stirs
shadowy four a.m. light
through lace curtains

giving up on sleep
and reaching for the lamp
dead heat with dawn

Last Year's Leaves

last year's leaves
pushed aside by
opening wildflowers...

if you had wanted it
this place, too, could hold memories

Friday, March 21, 2008

lifting up their heads
trumpeting spring
full moon -
maundy silver
for everyone

(Maundy Thursday)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

walking under
a spring moon
the wind sighs

First Day of Spring

first day of spring
my friend
goes into labor

pure white
of snowdrop petals
first child

~for K.G. born March 19, 2008

St. Joseph's Day Haiku

See an explanation of this custom here!

peeking under
altar server's gown
tall, spiky heels

word left
word right
domes bounce sound

can't wait for Mass
to be over -
Italian treats
shaking with laughter:
the nuns
...the daffodils

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

No way Jose....

morning routine
Yuki eating his cat grass
and scoping my sausage


morning routine
counting new magnolia buds
outside the window

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

[Illustration and dreamku by Roswila (a/k/a Patricia Kelly); a dreamku is a very haiku-like new form based on night dreams]


for the first time

City Park View

brown shorts, shirt, and tattoos
tying his boots
camouflage broken on rising

steps out of hibernation
into traffic


cherry pink
in the spring--
a framed nude



Love tickles
with erect pistil:



A little child
chases the painted dreams
on butterfly wings

first cherry blossom -
branches reach
into snow clouds
morning commute
magnolias starting to pop
above the daffodils

Monday, March 17, 2008

in the meadow
a carpet of starlings
rising and falling
busy blackbirds
fly across the sun -
their whiskered shadows
dining alone
palm frond shadows play
across the table

Sunday, March 16, 2008

a strange but true story

the scent of jasmine
from the blossom
of the apricot tree
street, rain-shined
reflections double crowds –
I halve the bread slice

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Home Late

home late
on the rose stem
new thorns
hedge blossoms a motionless cat stares

Friday, March 14, 2008

Pokin' Through

warm morning
purple and yellow crocus
sprinkle the lawn

Thursday, March 13, 2008

walking to the car
seeing a verdant blush
creep over the lawn

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Purple Nettle

purple nettle...
beneath her make-up
a darkened bruise
what would you wish,
tiny sparrow in a big
pot of clover

The Curve

back-country curve
where two teenagers died...
so hesitant,
the fawn
preparing to cross
morning commute-
magnolia starts to bud
new growth on hedges

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Philly Flower Show
smelling gardens in full bloom
while it pours outside

Monday, March 10, 2008

At Lake Pontchartrain

grey skies, grey water
white caps

hurling waves break up
hitting the shore

seawall interrupts
roaring wave
end of journey
daffodils gazing
into the stream -
typical narcissi

Last Morning

last quiet morning
before the birds' return…
in all these beginnings
how we focus
on the end


we talk about resuming
the affair...
these pools that yesterday
were ocean

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Encounters of the Deer kind

Dappled face looks up
from dewy grass. Cautious step.
Anxious chew, ear twitch.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

is hardest —
rainy day jigsaw

(Cross-posted at But Wait, There's More!)
spindly daffodils
and nests
of speckled eggs

the last things
the checkout

Friday, March 7, 2008

the deceptive
cold of spring
march winds -
chirps, of tiny birds
blown shapeless

Thursday, March 6, 2008

morning routine-
Yuki serenading the birds
right after first light
spring seep
the stink of skunk cabbage
rotting ice

blossom warmth

blossom warmth
she folds it into the quilt

Lunch at Caffea

impy Nicco invites himself
to my table
sipping a red juice

Nicco's mom pushes
big baby carriage
and pink hair

Nicco's brother declares
I am a Genius
on the t-shirt


dawn's pink blush
fading now
in daylight's glare
through the park
young lovers -
daffodils' heads lean and touch

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

enjoying the day
picking out planters
to fill this seaaon

At the Freret St Farmer's Market this past Saturday

Daddy made me change careers
bartender now
soap and candle merchant

potential customer heard the story
walked away after
sniffing the wares

happy to make sale
happy to find soap
vendor and moi
ice storm
in the cemetery
fallen branches
pushing its new buds
through the razor-wire -

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


this week's homework
laying out two mobile beds
for this year's garden
crocuses -
holding their cups
up to the sun

Monday, March 3, 2008

after the storm -
big trees
leaning on each other

holding each other up

two from the morning jog...

grips base of tree
- looks up

the bird
flying home
with something in its beak

(have edited these - trying to contrast the squirrel's jerky movements
with the flight of the bird)
mother's day -
in a dark alley
she slurps her gin

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Problems with sunlight

Oh Daffodil pot!
Daily I move you, hoping...
But you've found no sun

A Young Woman's Fancy

spring is in the air
a young woman's fancy
turns to new Cap Ex* work

* project work in manufacturing plants

Saturday, March 1, 2008


his illness...
beneath the fallen tree
wood violet petals

we never cure the ones
who aren't sick


Early spring breeze
greets my daughter again
17 Feb

in the spring sun -
a signwriter
laying on golden strokes

The fast approaching storm...

with ragged clouds
and a noise like a train

An Alpine forestry worker on TV said that the really big storms used to come
every 7or 8 years but now they come 4 times in one year. In one recent storm -'Kyrille' - 15,000,000 trees were uprooted. Approaching is 'Emma'.


weekend gardening-
ordering bulbs and plants
for a warmer day

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Breathing in Spring

Garden book in mail
starting to plan this year's space
with sprouting seedlings

Walking with Wallace Stevens...

in the mouth
of the litter bin
a wrecked umbrella

bread shop
doing a brisk trade
in ice cream
jazz parade -
daffodil trumpets

(for Gwilym in advance of Saturday)

Coat-free for an afternoon

Dismal grey breaks up
Discard my coat, oh it's warm!
Sun-scent suddenly

Planting Season

Tired of swatting Yuki*
for feasting on pointsetta-
time to plant cat grass

* the new cat

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Man's best friend?

embraced in the park
by sex mad

(only my dignity was injured)

Winter Again

at bedroom window
frigid Canadian wind
morning routine-
starting sooner everyday
as sun pours in window
kites in the gale
dogs stare
old ladies stream out behind

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


end of tax year
fresh floral furniture
in the street

words & photograph © 2008 gerald england

under bare wisteria vine
cool Sunday

old narrow courtyard
original bricks
floor of outdoor eatery

Eggs Benedict
now a luxury find

11:00 a.m. brunch
young ladies with hangovers
walk slowly

Love is in the air

With the coming of warm weather we are once again plagued by ladybugs in our house.

Internet sites tell me that Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis) were introduced by the government to benefit agriculture as a "biological control" of other insect pests.

To me these ladybugs are simply another insect pest. They invade our house. They swarm around ceiling lights. They fall into our food. They emit a foul odor when touched, swatted, swept, or vacuumed up. The stench of these bugs is almost unbearable.

They seem in particular to love our bathroom. They feed on spilled toothpaste. They emerge in force anytime one of us takes a long, hot, steamy shower.

They also fly about my face when I'm shaving. I catch them with dampened toilet paper. Then I flush them down the toilet.

I feel no remorse.

lady killer
the stench of
after shave


after giving blood
plum blossom rain
start of the week
grass and weeds shoot up
through the melting snow

Monday, February 25, 2008

mourning dove
after the long winter a
Cooper's hawk kills it


Swirling spiral
of her skirt spills tides of dream
and memory:
I breathe fire in the dance
forgetting bends and twists



The wind lifts
her curved nudity hidden
in the water curtain:
I touch the strings that whisper
love in each falling drop



His message to meet
at moonrise among the flowers
sparkles a secret
on her smiling face passion
glows with charming fervour



From a naked tree
siberian cranes watch
mustard wave



Fluttering around
a golden marigold
golden butterfly



My old joints ache
and allergies recur--
spring's youthful smile


Sunday, February 24, 2008


sick in a way
he won't understand...
first narcissus

lengthening days...
more hours to fill
with other thoughts


Image: "Mariana" by Henrietta Rae

First customer?

a bee
sees that the snowdrops
are open for business

their white petals
wide open
like 3-pointed stars

upside down
& thin legs clinging -
bee enters
basil sprig from plate
spring at my fingers

Saturday, February 23, 2008

sunny morning in the park...

in a brown overcoat
a man sits -
looking down at a motor insurance booklet

in a pink jacket
a woman strolls -
looking down at her pushchaired child

in a green t-shirt
a jogger jogs -
looking forward to the next haiku

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's a breeze!

eight crows
riding the invisble
roller coaster

I Need World History Lessons

Drawn on Canadian tour bus
neighbor's pictorial history -
no idea what it means

Mine, Mine, Mine...

in the evenings
wrestling with kitty
over plant seedlings
drop into the field
carrying light on their wings

Wake-up call...

blackbird singing
in breaking light
entering my window

(for the record: 6.00am, 22nd February)
Utah out of
the tip jar

Starting in 1999, each state was allowed a design on a 25 cent coin (quarter).

5 coins are issued each year.

However, some state coins are hard to find and rarely come to my neck of the woods.

Utah's quarter was one of these.

P.S. I did replace the Utah quarter with another one.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

cracked footpath -
reach out to the sun
new tags
on the highway bridge -
days get longer


de nouveaux tags
sur le pont de l'autoroute -
les jours rallongent

...and they say it won't rhyme!

hovering midges
and an orange moon

Blame it on the moon

lunar eclispe-
waking mid sleep
to see the corona

lunar eclipse

a week of clear skies
night of the lunar eclipse
clouds come to cover

videos of lunar eclipse 2008.
Spring wind -
lifting skirts

eclipsing moon

eclipsing moon
our youngest one's
long yawn

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

the sun
is shining

Sophie Scholl Feb 22nd 1943 (on the way to the gallows)

more information on the Poet-in-Residence blogspot

Break Forth

crisp afternoon-
first leaves on rosebush appear
wishing for spring
the snowdrops
shaking their heads
always shaking their heads

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

plum blossoms

plum blossoms
a gust of cool air
from the icebox
with a nod to William Carlos Williams and Bill Kenney
prancing king of
Bayou St. John

white cloth
moving as waves
flock of egrets

blooming today
Christmas cactus
a bit confused

It's been a while...

fitful sleep -
learning to share a bed
with the new cat

Monday, February 18, 2008

photo courtesy of KGT and Elon Weinstein

Weekend Class

gardening class-
trying to learn what mommy knows
but won't share

poet coughs nervously ...

on the ceiling
of the pissoir
a caterpillar
colors of spring
cover winter's carcass-
life after death
from Tangled in Wisteria

Clean Smell

the clean smell
of tulip bulbs
and turned earth...somewhere
I hope your shovel
is filled with snow

[Sweet revenge...:-)]

Sunday, February 17, 2008

silver tulip shining
on the asphalt -
someone's lost ring
Waking up to bright sunshine and clear blue skies the gray dreariness of the past several days is now banished from my mind. Though the air is still cool and crisp the creamy Narcissists and hot pink Hyacinths remind me that spring is ready to show her beautiful face once again with all of her many colors.

spring sunshine
dresses up hyacinths
in hot pink colors
sun shining -
on the blue sky
moon's thumbprint

Indoor Spring

Daffodils bud
early spring
the truck
fishtailing on back roads -
trout opener

Saturday, February 16, 2008


all the coolness gone
from my pillow
welcoming spring -
crow punches the air
with his beak

At the Valentine's Day Dance

cheek to cheek
with happy ejaculations
of halitosis

(it was a very long time ago!)
early moning
bird watching at the window-
a furry tail flicks

Friday, February 15, 2008

February 15th

February 15th
a little less frost
on the path

Cold snap!

morning's snow flurry
leaves behind
black feathers of ice

*. *

grit and salt machine
arrives to
destroy the evidence


It's Nice To Be Loved

Valentine's morning-
awaken by purring
and a kitty kiss

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bunch of Tulips
at the doorstep
my daughter’s admirer

on the neutral ground
joined for this lifetime
fern and palm tree

(Happy Valentine's Day, ya'll. A neutral ground is New Orleans-speak for a median.)
one red rose
its head
as big as a heart

(for Ann)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rain Scent

rain scent...
lipstick stains
on the paino keys
I enjoyed being the Administrator for the Fall and Winter Haiku 2007 blogs!

Many thanks to Mandy for her invaluable advice.

I loved meeting new people (via email).

I am taking a little break so I can enjoy the nice weather (until the heat sets in!)

I would be willing to take another season in the near future.

Best wishes to Ashi for organizing this season. May you enjoy it as much as I did!

saying farewell
to one part of life
to enjoy more

Harbinger of Spring

cool morning
new batch of pansies popping
first crocus sprouting


Seeking smell
in the cherries
yet to blossom


spring for sale

little shoots
forced in greenhouse pots
spring for sale

photo by lori bierly
words by mandy smith
© 2008



at the creeper's end
a flower


early blossoms

early blossoms
one more button
left undone

Thursday, January 24, 2008

How To Join

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your email address
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to Ashi at spring2008@kjaersweb.dk

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Rules of the blog

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 GREEN. 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 Spring theme (or signs of Spring - given our erractic climate!).

Postings/day: 3 maximum.

Spammers or comment abusers will be removed.

To join the blog as a contributor please read How to join

Welcome to Spring Haiku 2008

Greetings from:

Ashi - Administrator

Isabel - Co-administrator

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

The blog will start on February 13th 2008 and end on May 12th 2008.