Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

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Archive for the month “August, 2014”

Stray kitten

into our lives

and then out again . . .

stray kitten

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Thinking, typing . . .

thinking, typing . . .

bars of sunlight reach

across the floor

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The great blue heron


the great blue heron —

head poised

Posted to the Facebook poetry-writing group seize the poem, 8/15/14.

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The river of time

We were passing through Connecticut on our way to Massachusetts when there, off to the left, I saw the Housatonic. It looked broad and shallow, and the sun was glinting on its surface. Woods, gray-green in the middle distance, ran along the river’s farther side, and a narrow strip of rocky beach was visible.

Maybe it was the late-summer sunlight or a touch of river mist, but it wouldn’t have surprised me to see a Paugussett paddling a canoe and the light haze of cook fires on the far bank.

Indians by the river
so long, long ago

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Issa: give it to me!

Old Pond Comics: Give It to Me!

Comic (c) Jessica Tremblay (

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Issa: o snail

O snail,

Climb Mt. Fuji,

But slowly, slowly!


soro soro nobore

fuji no yama

By Kobayashi Issa; R. H. Blyth, translator. Classical Japanese Database (

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100 years ago

100 years ago

and still this long, long shadow . . .

World War I

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They steal the scene!

they steal the scene!

miles and piles of clouds

above Haarlem

View of Haarlem, 17th century, Jacob van Ruisdael

View of Haarlem from the Dunes at Overeen, 17th century, Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruisdael. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia (

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Colorful haiku

cups of light

these bright red tulips

by the roadside

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (, 8/1/14.

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