Category Archives: Haiku

Soft Swift Fall, A Poem from My Book, “Between the Hours”

This poem is from the section “Dawn,” in my book “Between the Hours.” See here for further information on it, and look at this article for an explanation why I’m putting up a series of poems from my book. Thank … Continue reading

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Lonely, A Poem from My Book, “Between the Hours”

This poem is from the section “Midday,” in my book “Between the Hours.” See here for further information on it, and look at this article for an explanation why I’m putting up a series of poems from my book. Thank … Continue reading

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Stretching Out

   How lovely, Through the torn paper window    The Milky Way. -Issa (Blyth)

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Brother Bat

   The bat Lives hidden    Under the broken umbrella. -Buson (Blyth)

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Fellowship of Life

   A drop of rain! The frog wiped his forehead    with his wrist. -Issa (Nobuyuki Uyasa)

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Love

A drowsy breeze sighs and the sky’s dry shell is filled with the voice of pines -Onitsura (tr. H. Behn)

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Ineffable Beauty

A hair as white as the snow That a swan has flown over. -Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

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Beginnings Abide in Ends

Dusk… Stars    shining already between shores of cloud. -J.R.R. Tolkien, LOTR

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Solomon’s Envy

   In the midst of the plain Sings the skylark,    Free of all things. -Basho (Blyth)

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Devotion

When spring comes, many visitors enjoy    themselves at the temple;When the flowers fall, only the monk who    shuts the gate is left. -anon (tr. R. H. Blyth)

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Letting Go

The skies seen in the dawn of spring,    Seen with the moon of autumn, —Were they real? Were they a dream?    Namuamida butsu! -Sonojo (Deathverse), (tr. R. H. Blyth)

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Soft

    Yield to the willowAll the loathing, all the desire    Of your heart. -Basho (tr. R. Blyth)

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A Flower

    A flower of the camellia-tree fell,    spilling its water. -Basho (tr. R. Blyth) I’m going to be putting up some favorite poems from haiku poets and zen poets over the next week or so. These are such wonderful poems, both beautiful … Continue reading

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Happy Prints, by Robbie

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Looking Down, Up

Yellow dandelion dust   on my sandals —a smile returns. -Kevin Trammel6/20/2021

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Invasion

  She pours out the last grains of rice from a clay urn. Gently she lays the cup inside and rests the lid back in place — its faint, empty drumming. __________________ -KT, 1/27/2020; based on the film, Ip Man

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Haiku Morning

overcast like mourning robes five white horses on a small hill tears of rain soft upon the window

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honesty

all alone on this beach I too am but a grain of sand – Johnny Baranski

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haiku: winter lantern

toyon berries lambent flames in winter dun — tears of Diogenes

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driving the canyon in winter fog

long blond grasses in canyon fog strung with crystal pearls

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