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

Haiku favorites of mine and of other poets from the 2013 NaHaiWriMo month

Dear followers and readers,

I’d like to apologize for a ‘long absence’ here. I could give you a thousand reasons but none would make up for the time that had flown by. In that flow, however, I had gathered more skies, more suns rising and setting, stars, fallen petals and laughing fishes, herons and gulls and countless sighs. And in them or because of such harvest, my haiku, tanka, haibun, and haiga have taken wing onto wind paths I couldn’t have imagined. Most of all, perhaps because I persisted, my haiku writing has grown stronger limbs with daily prompts at NaHaiWriMo (NHWM). Herewith then, like a ‘take home’ gift from a long trip are haiku by me and my choices by other poets during last year’s NHWM anniversary when founder, Michael Dylan Welch gives the daily prompt. He made us chose  favorites from ours and those of other poets–these are mine, of which I hope yours, too. Thanks so much for being with me all these years and for those who simply stumbled into here, welcome!


#04/02/13 (spice) 

First off, I’d like to thank you, Michael, for NaHaiWriMo, and for this year’s month, your concrete prompts that are so everyday, it was a challenge yet a joy to see them with a new eye. Second,  I’d like to say , “Many thanks, Pamela and Carole for choosing one each of my haiku for your favorite!!” Third, I wish to thank the many poets, a lot of them I’ve written with a haiku daily here (except for a few weeks that I couldn’t) for the past three years, flourishing in our community. Such joy to find not just a few of yours that resonate, nay, sun-splash on my way everyday. I’ve learned so much about and from you.

And now because I’m always overwhelmed and overjoyed, I cannot limit my choices to just one, of course,  except for mine. But I have gathered those of others as if they were mine, too! Indeed, as in one of the resources you posted here, Michael, haiku binds because we open up ourselves to and for its  lines. What greater bind is there than one that’s straight from one’s heart (spirit) and into another’s and into one’s own from another’s.


A favorite from mine though there’s about a dozen in my shortlist!


in curry rice, a past

she cracks open


Of others and like the process for mine, dozens in my shortlist!


orange blossom –

lifting her burqa

just enough


Eider Green


sleepless . .

the path from my bed

to the Pleiades


Sandi Pray


the secret door

to grandpa’s room

in grandma’s closet

wild roses


Stevie Strang


garage sale

my past fills

a stranger’s car


Michele Harvey



my rebellion 
taped inside 

a cardboard box


Scott Abeles            


father’s garage

the painted outline

of a missing tool


Bret Mars


a red mark

on her test paper . . .

Indian summer


Michael Dylan Welch



as her corsage


Haiku Elvis—Carlos Colon



the sound of moonbeams,

playing rocks


Ted van Zutphen


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my ‘yikes!’ haiku (from a suite of the first-ever haiku I submitted to THN)

moon rise
on church window,
mom and I holding hands

magnolia petals
in the wind—
the rush at my wedding

shredded blooms
on my hair—
writing on my journal

spring rain—
the taste of salt spray
the first time

first spring walk—
a clump of drooping snowdrops
black patch smaller

against the haze
a hedge of briar roses—
my unfinished poem

These and the rest in the suite of ten haiku, of course, came back declined. You might want to let me know why, first, and then, I’ll write a self-critique.

March 26, 2011 Posted by | haiku, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments