Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, Shahai, & More

Day haiku

New Year’s Day —

the sun sleeps late

too


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2022/01/morning-haiku-from-sunrise-to-noon.html), 1/1/22.

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Public library

Each day The Haiku Foundation posts a different haiku on its home page — and yesterday it was one of mine! :- D

THF calls this feature Per Diem, and the theme for December is libraries.

public library
the little girl skips
to the door

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Night haiku

you come and go

as you please . . .

fickle moon


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/12/night-haiku-from-sunset-to-sunrise.html), 12/1/21.

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Seeking true north (with a nod to Ryokan)

By Sam Fischer (stanzas 1, 3, 5) and Bill Waters (stanzas 2, 4, 6)

my feet go on walking
my mind goes on wandering
and my feet go on walking

the clouds above
the grass below

a ladybug tags along
a friend looking
for a ride

last night’s inn
so far behind . . .
ahead an upland cabin

waning day, settled
smile on my face

beaming down on me
a Buddha moon . . .
dreaming with eyes open

Published in Vines, issue 5 (https://hedgerowpoems.files.wordpress.com/2021/11/vines-5.pdf), page 19, on 11/11/21.

Sam Fischer’s debut chapbook, Short Cycles:

–> https://www.amazon.com/Short-Cycles-Toho-Publishing-Chapbook/dp/1733657584

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PING!

By Zee Zahava (stanzas 1, 3, 5) and Bill Waters (stanzas 2, 4, 6)

4 a.m.
the house settles
with a solid thump

the sizzle and pop
of eggs frying

just before shutting
the computer — PING! —
incoming e-mail

laundry day . . .
the huffing breath
of the steam iron

tuning the new radio
nothing but static for the longest time

false dusk
and the tinkle of sleet . . .
dozing over a book

Published in Vines, issue 5 (https://hedgerowpoems.files.wordpress.com/2021/11/vines-5.pdf), page 18, on 11/11/21.

About Zee Zahava:

–> http://zeezahava.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

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Point A to point B


Published in Tinywords: Haiku and Other Small Poems (https://tinywords.com/2021/11/06/36227/), 11/6/21.

Body haiku

flip-flops in October —

the sparkle of

her toenails


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/11/body-haiku.html), 11/1/21.

Seventeen

In New Jersey, 2021 was the Summer of Love — for the 17-year cicada. ;- )

My wife Nancy Fischer Waters and I collaborated on a prose / poem piece that captures a moment from that crazy-short time when the air was abuzz with cicadas. Talk about speed dating!

(The prose part is by Nancy. I supplied the title and the tiny poem at the end.)

Seventeen

I really love the 17-year cicadas. After living all but a few weeks of their lives underground, they emerge to fly around like crazy in their frenzied efforts to find a mate and lay the foundation for the next generation. They are a memorable sight, zipping through the air wherever you look!

Another memorable sight from the Brood X “invasion” of 2021 was me: a middle-aged woman screaming, wiggling, and swinging my purse in the Whole Foods parking lot in an effort to escape the attentions of a cicada that had singled me out to become its new best friend. (And yes, it did land in my hair!)

nothing to lose!
the way we danced
when we were 17

Published in Drifting Sands Haibun (https://drifting-sands-haibun.org/09/2021/seventeen/), September 2021.

Haiku about numbers

6 p.m.

this morning’s tea

cold in the cup


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/10/numbers.html), 10/1/21.

New haiku

watermelon sunset . . .

I spit a seed

into the sky


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/09/new-haiku.html), 9/1/21.

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