August 20, 2019

Haiku Sticky #512


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

clap of thunder
the walk home darker
with each raindrop

August 18, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


Haiku © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo © Andrea Murphy, used and altered with permission.

Text:

the resident cat
totally unreadable
...visiting dog

August 13, 2019

Haiku Sticky #511

Only the second week of August and already change is upon us.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

first turning leaf
first vee of geese
first fall funk

August 11, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. "Camellia and Bird" print by Hiroshige Andō.

Text:

upside down

we're still capable
of hearing the music

have we become
too reliant on our vision
to decipher the words?

August 6, 2019

Haiku Sticky #510

This past weekend, with two mass shootings within 24 hours, most people were shook to their cores. Still there are those who refuse to accept responsibility for their words. There are also those who say talking about gun control at such a time of grief is merely political opportunism. However, with more mass shootings in 2019, than the number of days expired thus far, when is there a time when someone affected by gun violence is not grieving?

On Facebook, many shared a poem, from three years ago, written by Brian Bilston, "America is a Gun." Read it here, if you somehow missed it.


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Text:

the gun defines us
will our hearts, too,
turn to steel

August 4, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Collections.

Text:

on the cusp of summer

reacquainted with
voices of neighbors
through open windows

congeniality lasting
until the first heat wave

July 30, 2019

Haiku Sticky #509


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Text:

heat wave
even the bananas
refrigerated

July 28, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

There are daylilies known as chocolate daylilies!


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Text:

her first memory
was of tasting a chocolate
bunny

her first dream was to
become a chocolatier

now she gardens

July 23, 2019

Haiku Sticky #508


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

downsizing...
in the back of a drawer
a skeleton

July 21, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


©, Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

shaved ice vendor
pink and blue all sold out
...summer heat

July 16, 2019

Haiku Sticky #507


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

July's news...
we're no longer beautiful
only damned

July 14, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Pixabay.

Text:

July morning 6 am

robin loses its grip on
the worm that wriggles

back into the coolly
moist soil made fast
by roots of clover

July 9, 2019

Haiku Sticky #506

What were we celebrating this year?


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Text:

4th of July weekend

tanks, jets, fireworks
in a "Salute to America"

Boston--the birthplace
of liberty--officials report
sixteen shootings

July 7, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

I wrote this in early January at a time when those who had been elected in the 2018 mid-terms were being sworn in. I forgot to post it, so I'm doing it now.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

the atheist senator is
sworn in on a book of law

as an atheist writer
I suppose my choice would
have been a dictionary

if, I had run for office

July 2, 2019

Haiku Sticky #505


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Text:

Maine hike
our footsteps mark the trail
with sparkles

June 30, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

Okay, I know better than to write a "hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-lesson" poem, but I got carried away. I can't tell you the number of times, over the past six months, I've seen photos of plastic trash in oceans and other waterways. It is truly horrifying to think of the wildlife being harmed, not to mention the pollution of a valuable resource--water. If we don't address the issue soon, we are doomed, thus, the need for didacticism (and this subpar poem).


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Image by giogio55 from Pixabay

Text:

A Word Problem

Twenty-seven plastic
straws weigh an ounce,
and, each year eight
million tons of plastic
end up in our oceans.
Only two percent
of that eight million
is made up of straws.

Before setting up the
equations, first identify
the problem needing
a solution. Is it a matter
of ounces, pounds, and
tons of straws, or are
you overthinking it?
Could it simply be you?

June 25, 2019

Haiku Sticky #504


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

downsizing
they say it gets easier
--they're wrong

June 23, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

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Text:

so short its season

fragrantly pink
redolent with memory

bumblebee and I
tumble head first into
the peony's essence

June 18, 2019

Haiku Sticky #503


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Text:

Sunday afternoon
she plays word games
on her phone

June 16, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

Yesterday I attended an impeachment rally on the Boston Common. The size of the crowd was only a few hundred, which I found rather disappointing, as did another attendee I overheard saying, "I was hoping there'd be a million people."

The three Women's marches had a festive feel, this march was different. The frustration and the anger were obvious. As was the sheer exhaustion.

Anger was not just directed at the mango menace, but at those in Congress who have yet to make up their minds on the impeachment issue. As if there was any question about high crimes and misdemeanors!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

June 2019 rally

the crowd is disquieted
and the volume grows with
cries of "lock him up"

existential threat trumps
Bostonian propriety


Here are a few more photos from the rally:









Back in late February, I posted a quote from Elijah Cummings on this blog's left sidebar. It's still there, and it's still relevant, but in case you missed it, here it is once more:

When we’re dancing with the angels, the question we’ll be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?


June 11, 2019

Haiku Sticky #502


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

daddy-long-legs
floating in the cat's water
face down

June 9, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

don't forget science

some things you
never think about when
hanging by a thread

tensile strength
and elasticity

June 5, 2019

Haiku Sticky #501

I forgot to post this yesterday--it doesn't bode well for the next 500 haiku stickies!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

first of June
already the grass
overgrown

June 2, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

spring walk

the little one halts
intensely focused

the enchantment
nearly lost to an adult's
preoccupation

May 28, 2019

Haiku Sticky #500--Yay!

I made it to 500! That's more than 500 Tuesdays since I started (no Haiku Stickies were posted during April in 2018 and 2019). Somehow I doubt if I'll get to 1,000, but I'll begin on the next 500 a week from today!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

summer coming...
peppermint patties
stashed in the freezer

May 26, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

Earlier this week, heading up the NH coast to Maine, I saw a bald eagle. It was quite a surprise, but I was also taken aback by the landscape in which this American symbol appeared. Sadly, it is appropriate to this week.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Yellowstone NPS; digitally altered by me.

Text:

today I saw a bald eagle
perched on a dead tree
in the midst of a swamp

my high school English
teacher would have loved

this lesson in irony

May 21, 2019

Haiku Sticky #499


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Text:

days of rain
between the showers
a wild rabbit eats

May 19, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

after too many years

she gently closes
the door
behind her

a slam is not needed
when the reverberations
come from her soul

May 14, 2019

Haiku Sticky #498


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Text:

four straight nights
the gentle patter of rain
now grates

May 12, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

Here are the other two postcards created for the April Spark postcard exchange; both are cherita poems.

Since it's been raining almost nonstop for the past month, I'm hoping we'll miss pine pollen coating everything. It'll be washed away before it can fly around.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

spring in bloom

you can't blame the pine
for envying the flowers

she does her best to add to
the color medley by spreading
yellow pollen over all


The dandelions won't be in full force for a few weeks, and although they're weeds, they're a bright, cheery yellow.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

spring dusk

one dandelion flower
remains open

the tickle of a warm
breeze invites self-indulgence
in the both of us

May 7, 2019

Haiku Sticky #497

After taking the month of April off, Haiku Sticky Tuesdays are back. I'm up to 497! I've written nearly 500 haiku and other poems, which fit on a sticky note, since August 2009.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

who would have thought
so much green is possible
...May rain

May 5, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

April was a postcard exchange month for the Spark community. I had to create original postcards to send to four individuals using the general topic of spring. The first two are early signs of spring--crocus and forsythia. The second two occur slightly later in the season. Today I'll post the early spring ones, both of which are small poems.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

New England Gardens in Spring

Her six-month lease is up.
Granite and gneiss is the trash
she leaves behind as Winter
reluctantly vacates the premises.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

Spring Impossibility

Getting an accurate count
of rabbit kits gamboling...
in
out
under
a forsythia bush.

April 30, 2019

Ekphrastic April, Day 30: "Reverie"

We started the month with dreams and we will end it with dreams. Thanks for stopping by to help celebrate National Poetry Month 2019!


"Reverie" (date unknown) by Évariste Carpentier [1845-1922].

summer day dreams

she needs no guides
to their interpretation

the light of the sun
is her spotlight and she
is the star of the show


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.


A cherita is a haiku-like poem of three stanzas that tells a "story." The first stanza is one line and sets the scene. Stanza two is two lines, stanza three is three lines. A cherita terbalik is a cherita with the order of the stanzas rearranged.

April 29, 2019

Ekphrastic April, Day 29: "Tea Time"


"Tea Time" (1920) by Alice Bailly [1872-1938].

they meet for tea

at first the conversation
barely a step above gossip

the pot emptied refilled
emptied again until words
that must be spoken, are


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.


A cherita is a haiku-like poem of three stanzas that tells a "story." The first stanza is one line and sets the scene. Stanza two is two lines, stanza three is three lines. A cherita terbalik is a cherita with the order of the stanzas rearranged.

April 28, 2019

Ekphrastic April 2019, Day 28: "Joan of Arc"


"Joan of Arc" (1879) by Jules Bastien-Lepage [1848-1884].

does a just god pick sides?

visions and voices
should be doubted mightily

if you follow a visionary
you may be a participant
in her delusions


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Thanks to Linda Baie for suggesting this work.


A cherita is a haiku-like poem of three stanzas that tells a "story." The first stanza is one line and sets the scene. Stanza two is two lines, stanza three is three lines. A cherita terbalik is a cherita with the order of the stanzas rearranged.

April 27, 2019

Ekphrastic April 2019, Day 27: "Ogunquit Beach"

Ogunquit, ME is one of my favorite places. The beach is as expansive today as it was a century ago when this was painted. Only the outfits on the beach-goers have changed.


"Ogunquit Beach" (date unknown) by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts [1871-1927].

Ogunquit Beach

a continuous roar of waves
and the wailing of gulls

the giddiness at having
found the remnants of boats,
bottles, and bivalves


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Here are a few photos I took over the years at Ogunquit:




Photos © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

A cherita is a haiku-like poem of three stanzas that tells a "story." The first stanza is one line and sets the scene. Stanza two is two lines, stanza three is three lines. A cherita terbalik is a cherita with the order of the stanzas rearranged.

April 26, 2019

Ekphrastic April 2019, Day 26: "The Manicure"


"The Manicure" (1929) by Christopher Wood [1901-1930].

sacrébleu!

she has a ragged nail
that must be fixed--now

the only good light
is the desk where I read
my paper--just not today


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.


A cherita is a haiku-like poem of three stanzas that tells a "story." The first stanza is one line and sets the scene. Stanza two is two lines, stanza three is three lines. A cherita terbalik is a cherita with the order of the stanzas rearranged.