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This Haiku set was written between March and June, 2014. I posted about 30 of them on Xanku (see the very first numbered posts; in fact, they are why I started this blog), but left the rest at the original site, MyFolia.com, a community garden journal. Because, sadly, that site has now been closed, I repost them here.

One hundred haiku
Begun in dismal winter
Finished in June heat

100
With dappled shadows
I only need sunglasses
every other tree

99
The ancient sculptures
Waiting out the centuries
Close enough to touch

98
Yesterday showers
The garden catches its breath,
today, thunderclouds

97
The rain on the roof
Is a symphony of sound-
Droplet orchestra

96
It’s hard to recall
what is was like here, with him
breaking the silence

95
Steaming herbal tea.
Sometimes I just breathe it in
instead of drinking.

94
A bearded iris
In delicate coral pink
Glows in the twilight

93
Walking on the sand
while the sun streams off the lake.
Feels wrong to wear shoes.

92
Neighborhood greetings
bring warmth to a cold morning.
How are you today?

91
A night without sleep
means even a sunny day
passes in a fog

90
Why do I garden
As soon as I’m home from work,
wearing a white shirt?

89
Hot wind from the west
Pulls along a darkened sky
Like a child’s wagon

88
Skipping in the sand
I threw a stone in the lake
It skipped on the waves

87
We wake in darkness
With no touch no sense no sound
and reach for the light

86
A perfect spring day
With cool clear air and warm sun.
Why am I still sad?

85
After a rainstorm
the flowers glow like neon
against the dark soil

84
A cool offshore breeze
Pushes the humidity
Into the misty sun

83
Bored with this today
Someone write me a poem
I’m taking a break

82
Bare feet on the beach
I threw a piece of driftwood
Into the cold lake.

81
Early walkabout:
The blinding morning sunlight,
cold feet in wet grass

80
White iris blooming
in the cool post-storm morning
should have brought me joy

79
Late evening shower
A pine tree against the sky
If life were simple

78
One dark red tulip
sitting in a sea of green
waiting for summer

77
Stop what you’re doing
Look at the world around you
And write a poem

76
I count syllables
Fivesevenfive all day long
I’m speaking in verse

75
This morning’s rose bud:
A flower in a flower
Waits for warmth to bloom

74
Shivering again.
Cold April showers in May
bring flowers in June

73
Pulled out the mower
And gave the lawn a haircut
First of the season

72
Banana bread with
raisins and nuts and honey
Easy, delicious.

71
Me and the robins
standing under the water
A morning shower

70
Thinking about mom
It’s a universal word,
A personal love

69
Keep starting haiku
And forgetting what it was
I am really tired

68
I make my coffee,
Stand at the kitchen door and
Watch the garden grow.

67
The window rolled down
Don’t let traffic jams ruin
A hot sunny day

66
No one to talk to
Over coffee each morning.
The silent kitchen

65
Some seeds, some seedlings
Some sun-warmed soil and water
And my robin guide.

64
What is more important-
Finishing all of your work?
Or writing haiku.

63
Another grey week
The sun never came out once
Robins still singing

62
I broke two hammers
and almost sawed off my thumb,
but the wall got built

61
Breakfast with the boss
Lunch in the garden. Dinner?
At the barricades.

60
Repotted some plants
Then spent the rest of the day
Sitting in meetings

59
When a tulip “breaks”
The petals develop streaks
Broken is lovely.

58
When springtime comes late
Every blossom is precious
Peeking through the green

57
A spring clean up day
Sent a lot of memories
Off with the tinker

56
Another cold day
Digging in the bright sunshine
It’s a good fatigue

55
It just took the dog
a half hour of sniffing
For the rabbit den

54
Red bird on the bush
A splash of garden color
His wife just joined him!

53
Another cold day
The bright sunshine looks so warm!
Springtime’s a liar

52
The year’s first harvest
Is a bright burst of flavor
Perennial herbs

51
Under gentle rain
The smell of dirt and springtime
Between the droplets

50
The god is risen
Spring sun is his baptism
Summer his kingdom

49
Kneeling in the dirt
Saying a prayer to the seeds
Glad soul, aching back

48
Went to the theater
but I didn’t see the show.
What’s the date again?

47
Unforgiveable
Until you ask forgiveness
The strength of friendship

46
Eight and a half hours
Completely in the darkness
I slept right through it

45
A late spring snow storm
covered new flowers in white
I shrug and put on boots

44
Don’t get in the way
of the starry-eyed dreamers
They will save the world

43
If I have a garden
That nobody ever sees
Can you hear me weed?

42
I just found Quan Yin
the Queen of the Universe,
eating lunch alone

41
Morning walkabout
Water running in the pond
Makes a happy sound

40
I’m a hurricane,
making wind in my hair with
steel blade on hard ice.

39
Today smells like spring
Ducklings are out for a swim
It all starts again.

38
Almost time for bed
How did I get through the day
Without a poem?

37
We walk on a road
The shape of the Milky Way
Seeking a way in

36
Or we stand on it
Counting the miles and wond’ring:
Are we in or out

35
Old clothes on a pyre
Burning pain and memory
The old life left behind
35, 36, 37 inspired by Jody Talbot’s Path of Miracles

34
Like hidden tattoos
Unmatched socks inside my boots.
Who’s gonna know?

33
Spring rain and coffee
The house lit by the grow lamps
Pepper seeds sprouted!

32
Snip this, sprinkle that:
gardeners in early spring
need something to do.

31
A wall of found bricks
Collapses every winter.
Then I rebuild it.

30
In the early dawn
the day awaits, suspended
between sad and wake.

29
It’s still cold, really?
Getting tired of haiku
complaining of it.

28
The rain on the roof.
Another breakfast alone.
Another springtime.

27
Cold rainy morning.
At least it isn’t snowing!
Just keep saying that.

26
Transparent sunlight.
I don’t want to wear my gloves,
But my hands are cold.

25
The endless winter
More snow on the ground today
The rabbit left tracks

24
Tulips are sprouting
There’s still snow in the shadows
Chilly March morning

23
Tulips are sprouting
Rabbits are already at work
Chicken wire may help

22
The power of words:
“On this day my son was born.”
My heart overflows

21
Backwards calendar
I used the night for reading
Then slept through the day

20
Since I slept all day
The light got away from me
Also the photos

19
Standing at the sink
Solving the ills of the world
One dish at a time

18
Scones in the oven
I watched the sky get lighter.
The first day of spring

17
A hair in my scone
At least the odds are good
It’s from my own head

16
I wake up each day
Looking around for someone
who is never here

15
Just a glass of wine
And another. (and another.)
What was I doing?

14
Music of the spheres.
How can you hear the world sing
With your headphones on?

13
Write and cook and walk
And shiver on the lakeshore
How I spent my day

12
I live by myself
If my shoes block the doorway
Nobody will trip

11
Standing by the stove
My watched pot needs to boil now
I have things to do

10
March in Chicago
Did you think it was springtime?
Well, don’t look outside.

9
rain wind snow warm cold
The weather is like my life
Staggering toward spring

8
It’s warm today but
how can I be sure it’s spring?
No ice on the pond

7
My morning sunshine
didn’t wake me up today.
Saving the daylight

6
Too soon for breakfast
I take sips of hot coffee
The edge of the day

5
Under all the snow
A garden waiting to sprout
Let me count the days

4
In a warm cocoon
The last sweet silence of sleep
Remembering dreams

3
Do not look outside
Don’t think you’ll like what you see
Ah. morning coffee

2
More cold, still snowing
Is springtime one day closer?
Asking for a friend

1
One haiku a day
To lead winter to summer
The seasons in verse

7 thoughts on “100 Haiku, full set

  1. Pingback: A haiku set: flowers | Xanku

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