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Haiku poetry day 2018 (part 2)

This past Sunday, April 15th, I got a jump on International Haiku Poetry Day by attending a haiku get-together at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed environmental preserve in Central New Jersey. The time flew by — too fast, too fast! — as we jumped from topic to topic about haiku-related things.  :- )

The weather was cold, overcast, and a bit drizzly, but our spirits weren’t dampened as we walked a woodland trail in search of haiku moments to capture. The effects of wind were much in evidence in my poems:

littered
with deadfalls:
the path of the wind

heartwood exposed
to the wind and rain . . .
shattered shagbark hickory

windy woods —
the clack and squeak
of branches

Oh, and mud, too. LOL!

surrounded by nature
I watch
my step

Many thanks to Education Director and haiku poet Jeff Hoagland for making this event possible!  _/|\_

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Haiku poetry day 2018 (part 1)

Today is International Haiku Poetry Day, which means it’s time once again for The Haiku Foundation‘s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration!

Welcome to the largest collaborative poem on the internet. The Audubon Society has designated 2018 as the Year of the Bird (does this come as a surprise to anyone?). Plan to share one poem or many in the world’s largest collaborative poem — bird poems are welcome!

Here is the poem I submitted:

shrub bed —
scratching out a living
the sparrow

Will you be doing anything to mark the day, like attending the annual haiku parade? (Oops! Clearly I’m confusing this with Thanksgiving. LOL!- ) But seriously, why not take a moment to look closely at what’s around you? That’s the heart of haiku: being present in the now — poem optional.

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