Friday, April 27, 2012



                                         changing homes-
                                         the spring sun
                                         gentles the move

                                        April warmth-
                                        a new crop of dandelions
                                        since yesterday

                                        spring morning
                                        the smell of wet earth
                                        warming in the sun

3 Lights Gallery Oct. 2008
Simply Haiku, Aug. 2006, An Unknown Road 2008
Hokku Web Journal Spring 2003, An Unknown Road 2008
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Sunday, April 22, 2012


                                             bouquets of lilacs
                                             the last bunch fills
                                             a milk bottle

                                             twilight rain
                                             the scent of lilacs
                                             through the window
                                            dead heading lilacs
                                            the fragrance lingers
                                            in memory

Presence spring 2007;An Unknown Road 2008
Hokku web journal;An Unknown Road 2008
Chrysanthemum Oct. 2008

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Friday, April 13, 2012


an ant in my bed-
for the two of us
not enough room

the evening woods
filling my mind with quiet
and my hair with gnats

World Haiku Review Senryu contest
honorable mention
work of merit
December 2003

Sunday, April 8, 2012


There are four ponds within a mile of our house, each different.  One, at the bottom of a sweeping lawn, mirrors the stately white colonial house.   Four white Adirondack chairs stand together.  They are always empty.

reflected willows
in this world of opposites
how do I choose? 

Narrowing at one end, the water flows under the road, emerging on the other side, first as a stream, then growing into a pond edged with rough bushes and untamed nature. 

ice sculptures
on the spillway
flowing lights
Further down the twisting road is a pond which in a dry summer shrinks to hot tub size.  This year it has swollen to reach beyond several trees and a picnic table. 
thunder storm
algae on the pond

The  largest of the four, perhaps 250 yards long and 60 yards across at its widest point, attracts ducks and geese as they migrate.  The banks, clear of trees and brush, are broad and green and mowed.  The color of sky–blue, gray, black– the pond ripples in the wind and tosses back sequins in sunlight .

slate green pond
shadows above and below
the thin ice

Contemporary Haibun On-line, April 2012
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