Sep 24

Haiku 1057

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , September 24th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

Watching Han Min play

Hubby says, “Maybe in a

month we’ll miss tonight.”

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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 07

Haiku 1053

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , September 7th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

somewhere in between

scrubbing pots and folding laundry

she breaks down in tears

he doesn’t notice

his head in a video game

his wife’s frustration

I composed this haiku couplet many weeks ago. It felt so true to my experience of new motherhood at that moment in time that I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote it down. And yet, as it reveals my utter exhaustion and angst, I never found the time to post it until now.

At the time that I was living it, and right now as I’m posting it, I’m thinking of you, dear Alison, my haiku partner. I just know you will relate to in in your bones.

And even now, weeks later, as I type it up here and reread it, I too have a visceral reaction to it. It makes me angry and sad and angry again as–unfortunately–too often these feelings bubble up when I’m chopping vegetables or folding laundry. Will the laundry ever go away?

Please don’t answer that question. I already know the answer.

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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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Apr 19

Haiku 1043

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , April 19th, 2012

The Road to Han Min: 1

by Kelly

by Kelly

Three trips to Target.

Where is reassurance stocked?

Motherhood is near.

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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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Apr 14

Haiku 469

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , April 14th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

mothering a dog

through the year’s first thunder storm —

shhhh, it’s okay, shhhh

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Jul 22

Haiku 203

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , July 22nd, 2009

by Kelly

by Kelly

Thirty-seven now.

When my mother was my age

I was twelve years old.

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Jul 14

Haiku 195

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , July 14th, 2009

by Kelly

by Kelly

circling our future

bound by too many unknowns —

two go-getters stuck

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Jun 12

Haiku 163

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , June 12th, 2009

by Kelly

by Kelly

“You’re a lucky mom,”

says neighborhood woman who

admires my dogs.

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