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Completing the circuit

On July 8, 2015, Bill Waters ~~ Haiku reached its first anniversary, and it’s been a fine first year! Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read and perhaps comment… It means so much to me.  :- )

I had a most interesting conversation via Facebook with poet Mary Kendall, who blogs at A Poet in Time, that caused me to articulate why I reach out to readers through blogging, social networks, and journals and e-zines. It was a very long paragraph, but I think I can distill it down to this: I reach out to “complete the circuit”.

Any writer’s first audience is himself or herself, and this audience provides satisfaction enough for many, many writers — including me, at least most of the time. “At a certain point,” though, I said to Mary, “writing only for myself feels…incomplete. It’s got nothing to do with ego; it’s…metaphorically speaking, I feel like an electric charge builds up and that I need to complete the circuit, so to speak.”

If my writing is read by just one other person, I feel good, because I’ve achieved connection. And if a couple dozen people see my work, I feel *really* good. Twenty-four people — busy people, people with places to go and things to do — making time to read my poems and prose… That’s a whole roomful! Imagine how I feel, then, to see via WordPress analytics that over the last year approximately **800 people** have visited my blog! I know that there are blogs that get that many visitors in an hour, but for me — when one reader is good and 24 readers is great — 800 is like the countless stars in the sky!

You, my readers, have come from 28 countries, including…

  • The United States
  • The United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • India
  • The Philippines
  • Indonesia
  • France
  • Poland
  • Thailand
  • Spain
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • China
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Brazil
  • Belgium
  • Pakistan
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Norway
  • Ghana
  • New Zealand
  • Hungary
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia

How cool is that?  :- D

As I said to Mary, “I don’t yearn to be on a talk show or to be interviewed or to be a keynote speaker at a haiku conference (as if!)… I just like knowing that at least a few people near and far are pinging back like a sonar sensor that indicates ‘we hear you… message received…’. And at the best of times, I get into an actual conversation about my writing or about someone else’s poem or about poetics in general.” So THANK YOU dear readers for stopping by now and then to “complete the circuit” with me.  <3

This posting is mainly about my “blog family”, but I also treasure my Twitter and Facebook connections and the readers of journals and e-zines and thank them all for finding moments in their busy lives to check out my work. Circuit: completed!

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Butterfly breeze

a monarch

among monarchs . . .

butterfly breeze

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Haiku for peace

What a fine idea! Poet friends, please consider joining in! :- )

in their thousands . . .
golden sunrise

Via The Haiku Foundation‘s Facebook page:

Haiku for Peace

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, invites poets to write a haiku about peace and post it on the JAACCC wall.

If you don’t live nearby, you can post it on their Facebook events page, and they offer to transcribe it to a post-it note and pin it on the wall in the JACCC for you until September 19. Then, the haiku will be sent to Hiroshima and the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Please take a look and post your haiku here:

NOTE: For some reason, the link above doesn’t appear to be working from WordPress. It seems to work fine from a browser, though, so I suggest that interested readers paste the link into one to access the JACCC Facebook page that way. And for those who’d rather visit via Facebook direct, just paste the following in the Facebook search box: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC. LOL!

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Little sundress girl

little sundress girl . . .

she pulls her hat brim


Published in Seven by Twenty, 7/8/13.

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Petal by petal

petal by petal

this withered tulip . . .

I too let fall

some of the things

that no longer matter

Published in the spring/summer edition of Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America, July 2015.

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Sunny with a chance of annihilation

Out of nowhere this afternoon a sharp squall hits — darkness, crashing thunder, storm crows riding the wind like demons, dead trees snapping in the woods… And then the sirens.

through the static
“Night on Bald Mountain”

Published in Contemporary Haibun Online (, 7/1/15.

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