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Juneteenth . . .

I free myself

from illusions

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Haiku about sounds or silences

and then the sound

of an ice cream truck—

I pat my pockets

low battery —

trying to silence

the wrong smoke alarm

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (, 6/1/21.

Edible haiku

summer woods . . .

beneath the leaf mold


wabi? sabi?

I scratch my head

and eat some wasabi

Wabi and sabi — the bittersweet beauties of imperfection and impermanence — are fundamental Japanese aesthetics that figure prominently in haiku. I can never remember which is which, though, so I’m forever looking them up. LOL!

(For a more nuanced look at wabi and sabi — because it’s more subtle and complex than the simplistic definition I offer above — see my post The Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic.  ;- )

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (, 5/1/21.

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This and that

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

Published in DailyHaiga (, 4/19/21.

About Robin White:

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Haiku poetry day 2021

April 17th was National Haiku Poetry Day! (There’s a day for everything, right?)
As a part of the day’s celebratory events, The Haiku Foundation presented its 7th-annual HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival, which included four of my under-a-minute video poems.
You can find all 51 films from the 2021 festival here:
Mine appear toward the bottom under the section titled “Video Haiga” and include “Urban Canyon”, “Time and Clouds”, “Icicles”, and “Ghosts in Your Eyes”.  :- )

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National Poetry Month @ MCL

After a year’s delay due to COVID-19, ten of my micropoems have “blossomed” in the garden of the headquarters branch of New Jersey’s Mercer County Library System.

As local community members continue to look for novel things to do during the pandemic — and after? — maybe poem-spotting will become a “thing”! ;- )

Many thanks, MCL, for supporting public poetry! And a happy National Poetry Month to one and all!

The Mercer County Library headquarters branch, located in Lawrence, New Jersey. Photo by Bill Waters.
the hush / of an overcast day . . . / red tulips nodding
Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.
periwinkle butterflies / carving the heavy perfume / of honeysuckle
Photo courtesy of Julia Cuddahy, MCL reference librarian.
Photo by Bill Waters.
book-lover’s bedtime — / I mark my place / with a smaller book
Photo courtesy of Julia Cuddahy, MCL reference librarian.
birds on a phone line / some this way / some that way
Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.
hitchhiker: / this ladybug / on my hand
Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.
Photo by Bill Waters.
Photo courtesy of Julia Cuddahy, MCL reference librarian.
Photo by Bill Waters.
Such a beautiful day for taking pictures! :- D
Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

For more information about the Mercer County Library System:

For more information about the Poetry in Public Places Project:

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Haiku about things that make us happy


running for shelter



out in the rain

that girl who twirls

her umbrella

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (, 4/1/21.

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Mutter of thunder

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

Mutter of Thunder

Published in DailyHaiga (, 3/30/21.

About Robin White:

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Haiku about women and girls

public library

the little girl skips

to the door

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (, 3/5/21.

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NaHaiWriMo 2021: post script

Each year’s NaHaiWriMo writing prompts have a theme / gimmick. This year the writing prompts were song titles from four major music groups spanning the 1960s to the ’80s: Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, U2, and The Beatles. An interesting challenge!

Using social media likes as an informal poll, my top two poems from National Haiku Writing Month are . . .

:: drumroll ::  <–[Nah; just kidding.]

waiting for the train . . .

the weight of the sun

on my back

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searching for third gear —

the too-long whine

of second

Thank you for taking the time to read my posts!

Prompts, posts, and participant submissions:

More on NaHaiWriMo and writing haiku:

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