Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

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Burned

Death has gotten personal over the last few years, taking loved ones, colleagues, and friends. I said “Hey Death, slow down!” and he said “Step aside. Be back for you later.”

And he will be, too.

ouch!
where I dropped it
smoking match


Published in the Bacopa Literary Review, 2017 edition, 9/2/17.

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The nosy dog

The Nosy Dog

Jumble Box, page 171. (Haiku by Bill Waters; haiga by Ron C. Moss.)


Published in the 2017 NaHaiWriMo anthology Jumble Box, 9/1/17.

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Jumble Box

For haiku poets, February has come to mean National Haiku Writing Month. This year, NaHaiWriMo founder Michael Dylan Welch surprised us poets by compiling many of the month’s poems, written to daily prompts, into an anthology called Jumble Box, with haiga by Ron C. Moss.

In the anthology’s introduction, Michael gives a sense of the project’s scope:

I chose this book’s 324 poems, by exactly 100 poets, for their individual resonance and poetic quality, and for their creative ways in responding to the prompts [—] some of the best from many thousands written for NaHaiWriMo in 2017.

I’ve been participating in NaHaiWriMo since 2014, and I feel fortunate indeed to have five poems of mine from this year’s event included in this delightful compilation.  :- )

falling in love
with the red hydrant:
the nosy dog

opened can —
the expensive meat
the cat won’t eat

the counter wiped
and coffee brewing . . .
I whistle a tune

a yawn
and a stretch
. . . returning to now

lost in joy
the tranquil Buddha
on our bookshelf


Published in Jumble Box, the 2017 NaHaiWriMo anthology, 9/1/17.

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Water haiku

melting snowman

bows

to the sun

 

the parking lot

just wet enough

to smell of rain


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2017/09/water-haiku.html), 9/1/17.

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Two on autumn

between the leaves

of this old book:

a child’s autumn

 

autumn morning . . .

breathing in

breathing out


Published in Wild Plum: A Haiku Journal, issue 3:2, pages 13 and 21, on 8/23/17.

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Cicada-song

hot noon —
cutting through everything
cicada-song

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Turtlesong

The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
—from “The Song of Solomon”

When I was a child, I yearned to hear the voice of the turtle. Would it warble like a miniature French horn? Would it growl like a tiny tuba?

My mother, who knew something of the Bible, told me the turtle of the poem is actually a turtledove, yet still I wondered whether turtles — always silent (in my presence, at least) — ever make a sound.

daybreak by the pond . . .
listening
listening


Published in Miriam’s Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/haibun-by-bill-waters/), 8/10/17.

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Ancient rhythm

A Rengay by Bill Waters & Sandi Pray

morning mist
pale sunbeams
fanning through the trees

our footsteps find
their ancient rhythm

the girth
of these oaks!
old-growth forest

water sounds
the everything of
falling leaves

from somewhere
the knocking of a woodpecker

the way words
become unnecessary
heading home


Published in Presence, issue 58, July 2017.

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HNA ’17: freebies

With the Haiku North America 2017 conference fast approaching, Jessica Tremblay — author of Old Pond Comics and official cartoonist-in-residence at HNA ’15 — has been blogging about freebies:

A freebie is a promotional item you give to attendees at a conference. A freebie can take different forms: bookmarks, leaflets, postcards, 3D objects.

Whether you want to promote a book, a blog, a website, etc. or simply share some of your poems with like-minded enthusiasts, a freebie is a great way to do it.  :- )

A few years ago, I designed and printed up a postcard and a pair of “business cards” online at Vistaprint.com to raise awareness of my haiku Twitter stream, Twitter.com/Bill312:

Haiku Freebies

Haiku freebies: a postcard and two “business cards”.

I’ve never been to a haiku conference, so I’ve given the postcard to people generally as a thank you for their interest in my work, while I’ve used the biz cards to direct people to my Twitter stream — either in person or as a leave-behind.

My “Tanka in a Bottle” project could easily be adapted for use as a freebie, too.  :- )

One day I may attend Haiku North America…and if I do, I’ll be sure to bring along some freebies!  ;- )


For more on haiku freebies, please take a look at these well-illustrated posts by Jessica Tremblay:

Freebie: an introduction“; “Bookmarks: design tips and examples for haiku poets“; “Choose your conference freebie carefully“; “Promote your poetry with a beautiful postcard“; “Why trifolds are one of the best freebies to give away at haiku conferences“; and https://oldpondcomics.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/hna-2017-a-review-of-trifolds-in-transit/.

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This red dirt road

This Red Dirt Road

Africa Haiku Network “Throwback Haiku Series”, Haiga #36. (Haiku by Bill Waters; Haiga by Africa Haiku Network.)


Published by the Africa Haiku Network as a part of its “Throwback Haiku Series”, 8/3/17.

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