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