Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

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The rising sun

even a pandemic

can’t make it stop!

the rising sun

NaHaiWriMo 2020: Leap Day

“one giant leap” . . .
footprints in the dust
of the moon

[2/29 prompt = moon + leap day or leaping]

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NaHaiWriMo 2020: week 4

Rome . . .
breezing around backstreets
on a Vespa

[2/22 prompt = motorcycles or scooters]

even my favorite food
doesn’t tempt me . . .
gray day

[2/23 prompt = your favorite food]

green light!
caught in the intersection
one black shoe

[2/24 prompt = shoes]

a queue
to reach the summit . . .
Mt. Everest

[2/25 prompt = mountain]

six open umbrellas
jumbled in the foyer

[2/26 prompt = umbrella]

winter rain
on pewter-colored ice

[2/27 prompt = ice / hail]

two geese
having a tiff —
ruffled feathers

[2/28 prompt = feather]

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NaHaiWriMo 2020: week 3

across the snowfield
one woodpecker

[2/15 prompt = drum or music]

the narrow, narrow space
between past and future

[2/16 prompt = the space between]

coronavirus . . .
surgical masks on

[2/17 prompt = mask]

gone to seed . . .
dandelion wishes
on the breeze

[2/18 prompt = wishes or dreams]

pushing the boulder
up the hill again . . .

[2/19 prompt = mythology]

factory whistle!
near freight tracks
the night shift

[2/20 prompt = hometown]

protect the environment!
legislative landmarks

[2/21 prompt = landmarks]

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NaHaiWriMo 2020: week 2

journey to the interior . . .
deep in the desert
an oasis

[2/8 prompt = hunger and thirst]

to Aruba
for the winter!
snowbird migration

[2/9 prompt = migrating birds]

the year they added
salt instead of sugar . . .
X-mas cookies

[2/10 prompt = holiday cooking]

for pirate treasure . . .
seashore daydream

[2/11 prompt = gold, silver, or coins]

into darkness . . .
the longest day

[2/12 prompt = twilight]

this pack
of frozen peas . . .

[2/13 prompt = frozen food]

it drifts along
and then . . . pops!
a soap bubble world

[2/14 prompt = balloons, soap bubbles, kites, pinwheels]

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NaHaiWriMo 2020: week 1

hand in hand
we walk along . . .

[2/1 prompt = hand]

first movie!
their child talks
to the screen

[2/2 prompt = first movie]

going up!
high into the sky
on the seesaw

[2/3 prompt = playground and playground equipment]

from here to there
and back again —
this daily commute

[2/4 prompt = trucks, trains, boats, and planes]

English country dance —
Lizzy and Darcy
square off

(For the Jane Austen fans among us!- )

[2/5 prompt = accordion, street music, or folk music]

robo-firefly —
its tiny taillight

(In the style of scifiku.)

[2/6 prompt = fireflies, glow worms]

“Bad dog!”
away with a burger
the whippet

[2/7 prompt = write a bad haiku]

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NaHaiWriMo 2020

. . . Aaaand it’s National Haiku Writing Month once again, here to brighten the winter while hearts pine for spring!  :- D

This year’s NaHaiWriMo poems, written and posted daily to Facebook and Twitter, will be posted here on Fridays in an end-of-the-week roundup.

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Public library

public library

the little girl skips

to the door

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Two haiku

walking side by side
they talk
on their cell phones
napping on the sofa —
two curled-up cats
napping on me

Published in The Village News (the monthly newsletter of The Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, Pa.), 1/2020.

The poem “napping on the sofa” first appeared in Brass Bell, 2015.

One in French

juste assez froid
pour geler les flaques . . .
lune cubiste

just cold enough
for puddles to freeze . . .
cubist moon

Published in the French/English haiku database Temps Libres (, January 2020. Translation by Serge Tomé.

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