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Drinkable haiku

into an old tin cup

a pristine trickle

of pineland water


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2022/05/drinkable-haiku.html), 5/1/22.

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New Jersey Botanical Garden haiku installation 2022

National Poetry Month was especially kind to me this year. :- )

Not only did two of my haiku get displayed on yard signs at Mercer County Library (N.J.), two others got a similar treatment at the New Jersey Botanical Garden as part of the Haiku Poets of the Garden State’s annual installation!

first spears
then trumpets:
hostas emerging

shrub bed —
scratching out a living
the sparrow

I don’t have photos of the signs to share, but one of my poems is part of a collage created by the NJBG:

Poems placed outdoors are such a pleasant surprise! Have you ever seen any? And if so, where? I’d love to hear from you! :- )

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Fairy door no. 5: Shell Cottage

Making fairy doors is fun! Here is my fifth one: Shell Cottage. :- )

          burnished copper
          beaten gold . . .
          sunrise on the wet sand

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National Poetry Month @ MCL, 2022

To celebrate National Poetry Month last April, Mercer County Library (Lawrence, New Jersey, branch) graciously hosted an installation of my haiku: ten yard signs placed in the grass and gardens across the front of the building.

The concept was a hit, and this year the library adopted the program and produced a dozen signs of their own! (Two of my haiku are in the mix.)

What began as a one-time “proof of concept” initiative has transformed into an annual event. Let’s hear it for poetry-loving librarians everywhere! ::applause, applause::

gone to seed . . . / dandelion wishes / on the breeze (Photo courtesy of Julia Cuddahy, MCL reference librarian.)
public library / the little girl skips / to the door (Photo by Bill Waters.)

For more information about the Mercer County Library System: https://mcl.org/branches/lawrence

For more information about the Poetry in Public Places Project: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PoetryInPublicPlacesProject

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Bridge in fog

from nowhere

to nowhere . . .

bridge in fog


Published in Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (https://charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com/2022/03/31/daily-haiku-april-1-2022/), 4/1/22.

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Weeping cherry

weeping cherry —

pastel blossoms fall

on antique headstones

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Clouds at sunset

now purple

now gray:

clouds at sunset

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Fairy door no. 4: Anchor Cottage

After making three fairy doors out of twigs, I wanted to change things up by making some with a seashore vibe. I didn’t have any driftwood, though, so I posted an ask in my local Buy Nothing FB group.

Lo and behold, someone came through for me with a baggie stuffed with small bits and pieces from the beach!

Note the curved roof support! And the blue circular thing is an enameled metal button with an anchor on it, compliments of my wife’s button jar. 💕

After I constructed the door, I realized I needed a sand dune to photograph it against. What to do? I did not ask the Buy Nothing group for one — LOL! — but I did create a suitable backdrop with a rights-free image that I blew up and edited. Pretty effective!

          burnished copper
          beaten gold . . .
          sunrise on the wet sand

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Fairy door no. 3: Cranberry Cottage

I seem to be on a roll with fairy doors lately. Here is my third one! :- D

          gone dancing . . .
          carried on a breeze
          pixie-song

Note: The poem on the sign first appeared in a public poetry installation of fairy houses in New Mexico — an initiative of the very creative mother/daughter duo Maternal Mitochondria. See New scrolls in the fairy houses if you want more information. ;- )

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Fairy door no. 2: Pine Cottage

Same poem, different door.

For this one, I used pine cone scales to create an overhang, to keep the rain out. ;- )


Note: The poem on the sign first appeared in a public poetry installation of fairy houses in New Mexico — an initiative of the very creative mother/daughter duo Maternal Mitochondria. See New scrolls in the fairy houses if you want more information. ;- )

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