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Archive for the month “April, 2015”


. . . the British High Command called it: non-combat deaths from disease, mishaps of trench life, and sporadic enemy shells that seemed anonymous, somehow, like accidents or heavy weather.

in The Times:
casualty list

Published in Gnarled Oak (, 4/29/15.

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She took it to the grave

If Emily Dickinson is around, then Death, it seems, cannot be far behind! New “found poetry” at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku: another remix created from first lines of Dickinson’s poetry.  ;- )

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So like driftwood

so like driftwood

the deeply worn planks

of the farm store’s floor

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Freedom came late

Death is a common theme in the poems Emily Dickinson wrote — and, evidently, in the poems that she didn’t write, too! New “found poetry” at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku: a remix created from first lines of Dickinson’s poetry.  ;- )

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Haiku poetry day 2015 (part 2)

To more fully appreciate Haiku Poetry Day, I attended a haiku walk this past Saturday at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, a vital environmental preserve in Central New Jersey:

International Haiku Poetry Day Ginko

Join Education Director and haiku poet Jeff Hoagland on a ‘ginko’ (a haiku walk), in celebration of this traditional Japanese form of poetry. We will begin with a brief explanation of the haiku tradition, take a hike and finish with some light refreshments. Bring a favorite book to share and a journal. This hike is co-sponsored by The Haiku Foundation.

It was a wonderfully sunny, breezy day, and we all had a very nice time. A big thank you to The Watershed and The Haiku Foundation for making this event possible — and to Jeff Hoagland for leading!  :- D

Here are three of the poems I composed as we strolled along . . .

not in my backyard!
a chickadee warns off
another chickadee

sky feather —
a contrail
cuts it

even at high noon
golden stars:

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Haiku poetry day 2015 (part 1)

April 17th is Haiku Poetry Day! Will you take part in The Haiku Foundation‘s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration?

Welcome to the largest collaborative poem on the internet. This year’s theme is the Year of Light, as designated by decree of the United Nations. Please add your poem(s) in the Comment box [at the link below], ideally at dawn at your location, but any time that you are able. The timeline for this begins at 12:01 A.M. on April 17 on the International Date Line (which is why it seems to have started the day before, for many of us)…. Enjoy!

I’ll be posting a haiku tomorrow morning (Eastern Daylight Saving Time), and I hope some of you will, too! If you do, please consider sharing in the comments section of this page. I’d love to see your contributions!  :- D

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Round robin

it lands

with a bounce!

round robin

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Papa’s mistake

What if Ernest Hemingway — Papa, to his friends — had written . . . a cookbook?

New flash fiction at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku.  ;- )

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