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NaHaiWriMo 2021: week 4

the back of beyond . . .
straight to the horizon
this parched dirt road

[2/20 prompt = Where the Streets Have No Names]

searching for third gear —
the too-long whine
of second

[2/21 prompt = I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For]

as if my childhood
were only yesterday . . .
the strange lens of time

[2/22 prompt = Yesterday]

twisting, shouting —
Peter Rabbit squirms
in the arms of Mr. McGregor

[2/23 prompt = Twist and Shout]

a spent force . . .
ten million years ago
the supernova

[2/24 prompt = Across the Universe]

waiting for the train . . .
the weight of the sun
on my back

[2/25 prompt = Ticket to Ride]

weeping cherry —
the breeze blows blossoms
onto your discarded guitar

[2/26 prompt = While My Guitar Gently Weeps]

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NaHaiWriMo 2021: week 3

Kashmir Valley . . .
even today
the ancient ruins

[2/13 prompt = Kashmir]

spiral stairway
into the sky

[2/14 prompt = Stairway to Heaven]

east to west
east to west
one crow follows another

[2/15 prompt = One]

a thousand m.p.h. —
this dizzy Earth

[2/16 prompt = Vertigo]

first hot day . . .
fragrance of flowers
on the breeze

[2/17 prompt = Beautiful Day]

mating season!
the tom turkey
flaunts his fanny fan

[2/18 prompt = Pride]

go on
without me, sunrise!
warm bed

[2/19 prompt = With or Without You]

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Early morning

early morning . . .

she makes the bed

with me still in it

Presented as a part of the Haiku Pea Podcast: Humorous Haiku (, 2/15/21, at the 28min/40sec mark. Read by podcast host Patricia McGuire. The Haiku Pea Podcast is a production of Poetry Pea.

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This moment

By Bill Waters (poem) and Robin White (photo)

Published in DailyHaiga (, 2/12/21.

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NaHaiWriMo 2021: week 2

tropical harbor
the rattle and splash
of the anchor chain

[2/6 prompt = The Chain]

two narwhals
crossing swords!
pepperoni dreams

[2/7 prompt = Tusk]

Tangiers . . .
strolling the maze
of the Medina

[2/8 prompt = Tangerine]

four sticks,
their fuses flaring
— “fire in the hole!”

[2/9 prompt = Four Sticks]

56 feet
and rising . . .
Mississippi 1927

[2/10 prompt = When the Levee Breaks]

the clank of tanks
and billows of smoke and flame!
arms in the air
they stumble and stagger
from their bunkers

[2/11 prompt = Dazed and Confused]

hemmed in
they share out
their last bullets . . .
the sun creeps higher
while death creeps closer

[2/12 prompt = No Quarter]

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This half-minute video poem is another in a series of cool collaborations between me and choreographer / dancer Charly Santagado of Mignolo Arts.

Once again, Charly’s interpretation of one of my micropoems employs her Movenglish® dance-language to show meaning in a way that lets viewers actually “read” the dance. We hope you enjoy it! :- )

zigzagging / through the street market / stall to stall . . . / the feel of your hand / in mine

CLICK THIS LINK to play “Zigzagging”.

Charly Santagado, co-founder and Artistic Director of ~mignolo dance~, is a dancer, choreographer, and creator of the dance-language Movenglish. She lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, U.S.A., and can be found online at

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Colorful haiku

winter rain


on pewter-colored ice

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (, 2/5/21.

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NaHaiWriMo 2021: week 1

mutter and grumble . . .
Monday morning

[2/1 prompt = Monday Morning]

“I have a dream . . .”
little by little
the vision becoming real

[2/2 prompt = Dreams]

into the sea
his sandcastle

[2/3 prompt = Landslide]

“fear is
such a bore . . .”
into the light

[2/4 prompt = I’m So Afraid]

marble mansion
in a gilded cage
the songbird

[2/5 prompt = Songbird]

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NaHaiWriMo 2021

National Haiku Writing Month has arrived again, here to divert us from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as snow drifts down and drifts pile up.  ;- )

This year’s NaHaiWriMo poems, written and posted daily to Facebook and Twitter, will be posted here on Fridays in an end-of-the-week roundup.

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