for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

take 3 (edit)

Oh, nooo! I lost the red dragonflies in “picking autumn leaves comment”–not in the bingo prize (pomegranate)!

Here is what maybe I meant:

on an evening trail
of red dragonflies swarming
in a pool, stars

October 29, 2010 - Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , ,


  1. I love that. I can see the trail, the dragonflies and the stars…

    Comment by Raven | October 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, Raven! And I’m thrilled that you twitted my poem at The Cortland Review as well.

      Comment by Alegria Imperial | October 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. Why do so many would-be literary bloggers think that the haiku is the easy poetic option? They seem to imagine that provided the syllabic protocols are observed, any content will work.

    Then one like this pops up and the dignity of the genre is restored. Small, but perfectly formed.

    Comment by Dick | October 29, 2010 | Reply

    • “…and the dignity of the genre is restored. Small but perfectly formed.”

      What an honor! What an invaluable prize! I feel so humbled! Words fade from hereon–the magic might pop out as it had popped in.

      Thank you so much, Dick.

      But this honor also belong to my readers especially to Melissa whose kind words and images she generously shares have kept me haiku-ing these past few months, to Raven who has told poetry lovers in her offthepagepoetry site that I am a “poet to discover”, most of all to Patrick Gillespie of poemshape who first ‘picked up’ my first published haiku and sequences in LYNX and who has since remained my reader/fan/critic even making me the subject of his post once as an “underrated poet” worth reading. Droves viewed/read my haiku here that day.

      Before Patrick, Werner Reichold, editor of LYNX was the first ever who said my haiku have so much poetry in them; shortly before him, Jendi Reiter, editor, featured and critiqued my poem, “Light as Magic” in the newsletter (10/15/2006), I wrote for a poetry journal that rejected it.

      Reads and sounds like an ‘awards-night moment’, doesn’t it? But as haiku poets and all artists know, perfect moments are evanescent. Who knows what imperfections will tarnish the next one? I always say, a writer/poet/artist is only as good as her last work. So please bear with me–may I just grab this perfect moment and dwell in it as long as it lasts?

      Thank you all, again and again!

      Comment by alee9 | October 30, 2010 | Reply

  3. Yes, this one is wonderful as well, Alegria! Even making allowance for the face that I appreciate any haiku with red dragonflies in it. 🙂

    Comment by MLA | October 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Oh, so that’s when the face appears! By the way, have you looked closely at the seed pods of Japanese red maple trees? I learned two weeks ago from a neighbor that they’re called “helicopters” but to me, they’re “red dragonflies”. In fact I did write this haiku sometime in August. Not quite haiku but–

      summer pickings–
      oh…red dragonfly wings
      from dwarf maple trees

      Comment by Alegria Imperial | October 30, 2010 | Reply

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