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

My haiku in Sketchbook 7 “pond life” kukai thread March/April 2012

between us in the pond bed
a gold carp

still pond
a mirror the span
of our wings

we slink around sun spears
in dappled lagoons

virgin’s halo
in the punctured pond
a rock shard sinks

skinny dipping
with our burdens
pond turtle

the sound of bubble
from a carp

stretching its neck
as if to measure our sky

Editor’s choice with commentary:
Bernard Geitske the temptation to philosophize or explore one’s being is very strong

dry sedge
i wonder if dragonflies

the miles
a water stryder covers
my mirrored sky

Editor’s choice
John Daleiden for “a potpourri of nature”
Bernard Gietske for “beautiful pictures, still and action shots one might find”

mayflies in the pond
the persistence of clouds
to stay

June 6, 2012 Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

revenant (three haiku that came back wilted I made to bloom again)

duck pair at lagoon
V-patterns on the water
and on the sky

against the haze
over bramble tips an
arc of budding twigs

and I against the blue
a strand of willow flailing
to touch the sky

First published in Issue 39—The Cortland Review
Copyright 2008

I know, these read like haiku. Yes, they are three haiku that didn’t work–one of the early suites I submitted to Peggy for The Heron’s Nest that came back to me with kind gracious words though very much wilted. I sort of buried them but one day, found them shooting. And so, I watered and let them out in the sun until they burst as blooms one day. I picked and strung them together into this poem that got accepted and published with a podcast, archived in TCR.

February 3, 2011 Posted by | free verse, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments