Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

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

After the rain

after the rain

deer fence

hung with diamonds

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Home from work

Published in Tinywords: Haiku and Other Small Poems (, 6/3/22.

A tiny jewel

a tiny jewel

on the bird bath rim:

black-and-orange beetle

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Rusted basketball hoop

rusted basketball hoop

and the wind chimes

hanging from it

Published in the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association’s Haiku in Action series (, 5/19/22.

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Drinkable haiku

into an old tin cup

a pristine trickle

of pineland water

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (, 5/1/22.

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New Jersey Botanical Garden haiku installation 2022

National Poetry Month was especially kind to me this year. :- )

Not only did two of my haiku get displayed on yard signs at Mercer County Library (N.J.), two others got a similar treatment at the New Jersey Botanical Garden as part of the Haiku Poets of the Garden State’s annual installation!

first spears
then trumpets:
hostas emerging

shrub bed —
scratching out a living
the sparrow

I don’t have photos of the signs to share, but one of my poems is part of a collage created by the NJBG:

Poems placed outdoors are such a pleasant surprise! Have you ever seen any? And if so, where? I’d love to hear from you! :- )

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Fairy door no. 5: Shell Cottage

Making fairy doors is fun! Here is my fifth one: Shell Cottage. :- )

          burnished copper
          beaten gold . . .
          sunrise on the wet sand

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National Poetry Month @ MCL, 2022

To celebrate National Poetry Month last April, Mercer County Library (Lawrence, New Jersey, branch) graciously hosted an installation of my haiku: ten yard signs placed in the grass and gardens across the front of the building.

The concept was a hit, and this year the library adopted the program and produced a dozen signs of their own! (Two of my haiku are in the mix.)

What began as a one-time “proof of concept” initiative has transformed into an annual event. Let’s hear it for poetry-loving librarians everywhere! ::applause, applause::

gone to seed . . . / dandelion wishes / on the breeze (Photo courtesy of Julia Cuddahy, MCL reference librarian.)
public library / the little girl skips / to the door (Photo by Bill Waters.)

For more information about the Mercer County Library System:

For more information about the Poetry in Public Places Project:

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Bridge in fog

from nowhere

to nowhere . . .

bridge in fog

Published in Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (, 4/1/22.

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Weeping cherry

weeping cherry —

pastel blossoms fall

on antique headstones

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