Feb 28

Haiku 787

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , February 28th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

scrubbed clean of its clouds

today’s flawless sky isn’t

warm but raw and cold

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Feb 27

Haiku 786

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , February 27th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

.

..

.

we sit and wait

watching soap and snow melt

against the windshield

.

suddenly it’s dusk

and yet it took forever

to get to this car

.

driving we see things

that aren’t ourselves –

windows lit soft orange

.

trees hang with white

so comfortably as if

they were penciled in

.

Finally people

surround us and we eat

tasting everything

.

.

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Feb 26

Haiku 785

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , February 26th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

doctor’s conclusion:

my ovaries are feeble–

it’s snowing again

 

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Feb 25

Haiku 784

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , February 25th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

I strategize ways

to rid the world of bed bugs

with essential oils

No, I am not kidding. Although I have never met a bed bug in person, I cannot stand them and spend far too much time thinking about them. When I am on a sofa at my favorite coffee shop I wonder if I will encounter one. When I buy used toys for Penny at the thrift shop I stick them in the freezer for 3 weeks before I let her play with them, in order to kill any potential vermin. When I am at the gym I inspect the mats before I lie down to stretch on them. I know this is strange but I can’t help myself and I feel even more ridiculous knowing that New Hampshire is not high-risk bed bud territory. So much do I detest these dime shaped vermin that I cannot even fathom posting a picture of them on this site. Ick.

But they are making the news with more and more frequency and so bed bugs stay on my mind. Are you grossed out yet? I’m so sorry. I guess my fear of bed bugs might be my phobia if I do have one. And what about you? Do you have a phobia? Please share! It will be nice to know that I am not the only one :)

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Feb 24

Haiku 783

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: February 24th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

So today’s post isn’t technically a haiku,

but I just couldn’t pass up

sharing the fortune cookie fortune

I got the other day.

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Feb 23

Haiku 782

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , February 23rd, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

my feet rest on his

like boxes of frozen peas

under the covers

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Feb 22

Haiku 781

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , February 22nd, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

Alison Levine:

“There’s no such thing as a storm

that lasts forever.”


smart words from the mouth

of an Everest climber

on a snowy eve


also a lesson

I’d do well to remember

in my daily life

Alison Levine, mountain climber extraordinaire, spoke in Minneapolis on Monday night. I had the pleasure of going to hear her speak. I was amazed by the photographs she shared of her Everest expeditions.

Yes, that’s right. Expeditions with an “s.” She climbed that mountain twice!

Ms. Levine was in town as part of the Smart Talk lecture series. In the coming months, Isabella Rossellini, Ann Compton and Sigourney Weaver will all come through Minneapolis.

As an official “Smart Talk Blogger,” I’ll be penning haiku about what each one of them has to say. Or, if you think you’d like to take in the events yourself, I have a coupon code to offer: KW2011.

Read more Smart Talk haiku.

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Feb 22

Review: 108 Mala Beads by Bradly Jay Keller

Posted: under Reviews.
Tags: , , , , , February 22nd, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

Every once in awhile, I go to Amazon and type in the word “haiku.”  I’m always on the look out for a new “haiku” title. Some of them I order; many more I don’t.

Yet when I spotted a book by Bradly Jay Keller named 108 Mala Beads: A Year of Haiku, I immediately dropped the title into my virtual shopping cart. After all, Alison and I started Haiku By Two with the thought that it would be “a year of haiku.” I was curious to see what “a year of haiku” meant to somebody else.

Keller’s take on the idea was different than our own. For starters, he did not begin his year of haiku in January, but in May. The haiku in the book, then, span from May of one year to May of the next.

While the haiku in Keller’s book are organized chronologically, the order is not what one might expect.

Rather, his haiku are divided into several distinct categories and then presented chronologically in each section. A section about cows concentrates on haiku about cows and arranges those haiku from May to May. The next section, all about birds, starts the reader back at the beginning of Keller’s year and works forward again.

This organizational pattern seemed weird to me at first. But as I worked through the poems, it made sense as I got to concentrate on a single image (cows, birds) and see how that one element changed as the seasons progressed.

Here is a haiku that I particularly liked from the section titled “Cow Songs.”

May 28th

In their great absence,

The field in silence waits,

For heavy bovine hoofs.

This haiku, from a section titled “Nature,” also struck me.

February 2nd

Beautiful flowers,

Do not resist the sunlight,

They just surrender.

Beyond Keller’s haiku, though, I was curious about the author’s intent in taking on “a year of haiku.” I knew why Alison and I started: to reconnect and to rekindle our individual artistic flairs. Keller started his year of haiku as a way to put the brakes on technological multitasking. “Yet, what is the price of giving one’s life to automobiles, cell phones, television, computers, email and the internet?” he asks in his introduction.

Because haiku asks the writer to pay attention to nature, the act of writing haiku, Keller goes on to say, can help a writer find grace, which he defines as “the effortless experience of spiritual awakening.”

An “encounter with poetry,” Keller writes, “can serve as a direct portal to the experience of grace.”

I can’t speak for Alison, but I know that Keller’s haiku-grace connection holds true for me. Haiku helps me live mindfully. Granted, I’m not mindful all the time, but my haiku habit has gotten me in the habit of paying attention to my surroundings. And for me that awareness has proven addictive. And that is partly why Haiku By Two is now in it’s third year.

And I’m guessing that Bradly Jay Keller, even though he stopped his book at the one-year mark, didn’t stop penning haiku once that year was done.

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Feb 21

Haiku 780

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , February 21st, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

full winter moon

shines through my dark curtains –

Does she care for me?

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Feb 20

Haiku 779

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , February 20th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

Shortly, snow will fly.

For now, it’s me and my dogs

on a shoveled path.

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