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My first week of haiku

21 Mar

I attended a talk on haiku by Graham Nunn (Another Lost Shark), who introduced us in a classical way to the traditions, formula, rules, of haiku, and set us on our way.  These haiku came to me in the following week.

gathering mushrooms
alone
a dove coos

cat’s eyes
on the moon
slowly move away

opportunity looking back
wind reflected
in the dust

rain
in the fox’s paw-prints
hunters’ moon

snow flakes float
cherry-blossom bridge to
island castle

scent of basil
sunlight startles
the cicada

rain at dawn
blossoms bow
to jeweled leaves

fruitful orchard
mother shares
daughter’s raincoat

lone magpie’s warble
stirs
the autumn air

unforgotten spring
jasmine sap
sticks fast

spring breeze
sweeping away
jasmine blossoms

spring clean
busy spider
on the dentist’s ceiling

and one more due to Graham than to me:

east window
butter melts
beside the toast

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4 Comments

Posted by on 21 March, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

4 responses to “My first week of haiku

  1. piedhillprawns

    22 March, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    JDub – love that you’re writing haiku. I like these ones:

    lone magpie’s warble
    stirs
    the autumn air

    spring breeze
    sweeping away
    jasmine blossoms

    spring clean
    busy spider
    on the dentist’s ceiling

    Andrew

     
  2. ashleycapes

    12 May, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Hi John, I’m with Andrew on that wonderful ‘spring clean’ verse, wonderful! And my other favs were

    gathering mushrooms
    alone
    a dove coos

    fruitful orchard
    mother shares
    daughter’s raincoat

    One for it’s heart and the other was just such a clear moment.

    Ashey

     
    • j dub

      12 May, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      thanks, Ashley!

       

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