Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

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Archive for the month “September, 2016”

Early autumn

early autumn

a round orange leaf

curled on the pavement

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Fallen leaves

some in the water

some in the boat:

fallen leaves

Published in Akitsu Quarterly: Fall 2016 (, 9/16/15.

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One blossom left

one blossom left

on the orchid stem —

one last blossom

yet to fall

as summer wanes

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Blue-sky rainfall

blue-sky rainfall —

a sheet of wet

and then diamonds

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Kitchen haiku

sunlight on the counter —

one yellow banana

in a green ceramic bowl

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (, 9/1/16.

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Two on autumn

foggy morning . . .

blazing with bittersweet

the cemetery wall


leaden clouds . . .

the way the bare trees

support them

Published in Wild Plum: A Haiku Journal, issue 2:2, pages 7 and 47, on 8/31/16.

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The Phoenix

Buttons the cat “goes away to die” most days now. Living in genteel confinement in my home office and wanting for nothing, this 18-year-old trickster tries to convince me that the end is near by leaving her heated bed and squeezing herself into odd spaces of the indoor landscape — behind the desk, between the filing cabinet and the wall, into a nook in the closet. Her daily swan song has done nothing to diminish her zest for life, though, and she “returns from the dead” refreshed and alert. Somehow I think she will outlast us all.

from the window
a bright red bird . . .
the cat’s twitching tail

Published in Haibun Today: A Haibun and Tanka-Prose Journal (, 8/30/16.

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