Jan 30

Haiku 1082

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Tags: , , , , , , January 30th, 2013

by Kelly

by Kelly

nap time

alone and still, I listen

traffic and wind chimes

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Feb 24

Haiku 24: NaHaiWriMo 23 by Kelly

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Tags: , , , , February 24th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

listen to the wind

how it makes the siding pop

and the chimes warble

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Feb 10

Haiku 1005: NaHaiWriMo 10 by Kelly

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Tags: , , , , , February 10th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

two minutes before

his alarm goes off the wind

moans through the windows

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Nov 28

Haiku 977

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

by Kelly

by Kelly

I notice the moon,

evening clouds, the sound of wind

but don’t pen haiku

Lately, I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with my haiku duties. My attempt to earn a few extra bucks this fall by taking on extra hours at work has backfired on me by sucking up any energy I might have had to dabble in the creative arts.

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about haiku. I think about haiku all the time. I’m always on the lookout for haiku moments. And I find them. Often, in fact. If only I could find the time to write them all down. I know it shouldn’t be that hard. After all, a haiku is only three little lines. But inspiration has been in short supply these days.

Instead of writing haiku, I keep picking up and rereading a poem I came across a few months ago. It was written by Mary Oliver, and it strikes me as very haiku-like. The last two lines of the poem will probably be familiar as they are often quoted. But those last two lines aren’t where I see the haiku. I see the haiku in the attention paid to the grasshopper. Do you?

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean —

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down —

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

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Sep 29

Haiku 960

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Tags: , , , , , September 29th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

a gust of wind

yellow leaves fall

I stop and watch

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Sep 09

Haiku 951

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

by Kelly

by Kelly

above me, leaves twitch

in the wind — how much longer

will the world be green?

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Jul 29

Haiku 937

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Tags: , , , , , , July 29th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

a humid breeze blows

through my car — an officer

hands me a ticket

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Jul 08

Haiku 916

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , July 8th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

warm winds and giggles –

blue ice cream drips as if we

were on vacation

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Feb 15

Haiku 774

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , February 15th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

Will March bring strong winds?

Will I get a job in June?

Suddenly, my fears.

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Feb 14

Haiku 773

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , February 14th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

our wind chimes buck like

rodeo horses on the

eve of Valentine’s

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