Sep 16

Haiku 1055

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , September 16th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

“Twenty-three bucks for

a Vikings jersey?” I gasp.

“That’s ridiculous!”


“I never had one,”

Hubby says. “We were too poor.”

I open my purse.

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Sep 06

Haiku 1052

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , September 6th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

leaves crunch underfoot

Han Min starts preschool and I

return to haiku

It’s been four months since I last posted a haiku. It feels like an eternity. So much happened during those summer months that I don’t even know how to begin describing them. In short — I became a mom. My husband and I adopted a little boy (2 and a half) from China.

I had high hopes that I would haiku throughout this major life transition. Alas, my plans fell short. In the beginning, I couldn’t have found the time (or the energy) to compose a haiku and post it even if I tried. And then, well, once I started to have the energy — and even composed a few haiku in my mind — between the laundry and the grocery shopping, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it to the computer and log into the site to post anything.

And now it is fall and my little guy is off to preschool. His academic career is starting slow; he’ll attend just two days a week. But I’m so excited to have some time to myself to organize the office and post haiku!

So here’s hoping this is the first of many “motherhood” haiku from my point-of-view.

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Nov 09

Haiku 975, take two

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , November 9th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

It hasn’t snowed yet,

but it will. Soon. — We wait for

news of Henry Han.

Late last night I created a haiku and scheduled it to post this morning. Of course, as soon I went to bed, my mind started playing that poem over and over in my mind and I came up with a better version. Or what I think is a better version.

But I did’t get into the system early enough today to change it before it went live. Usually, when this happens (this isn’t the first time I’ve thought of a better version of a haiku once I posted), I go into the system and fiddle with my words within the post. By doing this, though, readers probably won’t notice what sort of revisions I’ve made, or what sort of thought process I went through. So this time, instead of just making the changes, I decided to leave the original and then create a new post for the revision in order to reveal my writing process.

I like this second version of the haiku better than the first. The second falls more in line with the idea that a haiku have a break, a switch in perspective.

And I like that even though this haiku has a change in topics that both, really, are about waiting. In the beginning, the waiting is for snow, for a change of season. In the end, the waiting is for news of a child, for news that our adoption match has been accepted and approved by the Chinese government.

Hubby and I are hoping that the snow, when it comes, will bring with it that blessed paperwork for which we are waiting. After all, according to the paperwork we got about our little guy, “Han” means winter.

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Nov 09

Haiku 975

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , November 9th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

It hasn’t snowed yet,

but it will. We’re placing bets.

Dark morning, dark night.

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Nov 01

Haiku 972

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , November 1st, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

leaves scrape the pavement

I startle and look behind

but I’m all alone

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Oct 25

Haiku 969

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , October 25th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

goblins suspended

from a neighbor’s tree — my dogs

bark in protest

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Oct 21

Haiku 968

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , October 21st, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

under frosted tips

the grass is still green — my son

is not yet with me

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Oct 13

Haiku 966

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , October 13th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

fallen apples

flattened by tires

bees can’t resist

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Oct 12

Haiku 965

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , October 12th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

despite Indian

summer, the tree frogs have gone —

soon, fall will go too

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Oct 05

Haiku 962

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , October 5th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

in the quiet of

my pause, a muskrat rises —

overhead, a V

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