Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer Haibun


Two weeks of rain. The smell of dampness in our clothes, in the linen closet, in the upholstery. A monotonous beat to the rain.
Dull plops on the roof and higher pitched bleeps on the metal drain pipes and gutters. Trees bent over with the added moisture. One branch of the maple, cracked and hanging by its sap. Garden flowers dragging in the mud. The sour odor of wet and rotting vegetation permeates the air.

nowhere to go–
the damp rooms echo
my restlessness

Contemporary Haibun On-line, October 2007


Murky sky, dead air, pizza oven temperature. Perspiration collects on my skin, pooling in crevices. The day stops even before it begins.

curtains stir–
a small breeze lost
at the window

Bottle Rockets, August, 2008

Friday, July 17, 2009



the farmers' market-
most dirt clings
to salad greens

The Country and Abroad, September 2007

spattering rain...
in the woods ten minutes
and still not wet

Dragonfly, April 1974

sun on my back-
all the flower pots
arranged just so

Heron's Nest, June 2005

Monday, July 6, 2009

on a rock wall
waiting for the tide
to give back the beach

3 Lights Gallery, April 2008
photo by Joseph F. Shaw