December 31, 2019

Haiku Sticky #531


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Text:

end of year list
the name we need to see
...not there

December 29, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

I don't often use the phrase "I hate" in relation to particular people, but there are exceptions.


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Text:

Working Overtime

Early Christians believed turtles
were a symbol of infernal forces.

The last remaining chelonian
to fit the description dwells
in the muck at the bottom of
a Kentucky sinkhole, except,

when he's working in complete
coordination with the demon
resident of the White House.

December 24, 2019

Haiku Sticky #530


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Text:

in the air
there's a feeling of panic
...Christmas eve

December 22, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

making sure to
leave plenty of crumbs
scattered about

I swallow the last
of Santa's cookies

...smoke and mirrors

December 17, 2019

Haiku Sticky #529


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Text:

winter blues
...and the solstice
still days away

December 15, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

dawn reveals
fall pushed out of the picture
...bowl of oatmeal

December 10, 2019

Haiku Sticky #528


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Text:

early December

Christmas cactus yet
to show flower buds

perhaps this year
it has nothing worth
celebrating

December 8, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

wooden dragonfly
on the wall

cozily wrapping me
in memories of lily pads
and inner-tubes

...snow continues

December 3, 2019

Haiku Sticky #527


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Text:

first snow...
the inevitable hunt
for the scraper

December 1, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

Thanksgiving weekend
Black Friday spent washing
a load of dark

November 26, 2019

Haiku Sticky #526


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Text:

Thanksgiving
this year more veggies
less politics

November 24, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

rainy autumn Friday

a flash of golden light
as the day nears it end
takes some of the heft

from her grey cloud
of despondency

November 19, 2019

Haiku Sticky #525


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Text:

downsizing
tee-shirts two sizes too small
what was I thinking?

November 17, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

November cold snap

an uninvited visitor
takes up residence

is it possible to ignore
this daddy's long legs
for the next six months

November 12, 2019

Haiku Sticky #524

This is a rare haiku for me--it is 5-7-5! I think it could be trimmed, but every word seems to be necessary in this one. Come back on Sunday when I'll have a spider cherita.


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Text:

no longer able
to banish daddy long-legs
I too, feel the cold

November 10, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

lapsed, now atheist
guest at a church service

the words basically the same

new is an option
for receiving the Lord's Supper
gluten and alcohol free

November 5, 2019

Haiku Sticky #523


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Text:

a hint of dusty rose

the battered dresser
in the secondhand shop

--with a stuttering slide
the drawer closes on a
grandmother long gone

November 3, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. "Green Pears" by Charles Demuth (1929), cropped.

Text:

autumn pears

their shapes
unapologetically zaftig

it's hard not
to succumb to purchasing
more than one

October 29, 2019

Haiku Sticky #522

I completely forgot to post Sunday's Happy Haiga Day! and nearly forgot today's Haiku Sticky. I'd like to think that next week I'll have full use of my faculties, but I seem to have lost all sense of normality. Once again, a haiku or senryu is not sufficient, and thus I must squeeze a cherita onto a sticky.


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Text:

Halloween 2019

the ghoul wears a tie
his white skin masked
by tanning lotion

and a horror film plays
out before our eyes

October 22, 2019

Haiku Sticky #521

'Tis the season! A cherita since a haiku is just too terse.


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Text:

dollar store in October

picked-over candy
and goblins share the shelves

with plastic turkeys
red-glittered elves and other
things we won't need

October 20, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Image by Hokusai.

Text:

making an effort to sound
authentically pathetic

he leaves voice mail

without a doubt the cure
to his malady will include
large amounts of water

October 15, 2019

Haiku Sticky #520


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Text:

Forty-Five...
self-loathing for the person
he's forced me to become

October 13, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

vintage bazaar
collectors in danger
of losing their heads

October 8, 2019

Haiku Sticky #519


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Text:

paper birch woods
fall's yellow no substitute
for the sun

October 6, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Illustration from the Hokusai Manga.

Text:

October again
our reintroduction
to the blister

October 1, 2019

Haiku Sticky #518


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Text:

early autumn
fisherman lands a
clump of milfoil

September 29, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

the ceilings high
the hallways dark

the discovery
of the sun in an
unexpected corner

Victorian home

September 24, 2019

Haiku Sticky #517


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Text:

70th birthday
a wish for nothing
but a slice of pie

September 22, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

mid-September

fading summer sun
caters to the delusional

but the ice in the
eyes of the herring gull
demands to be heeded

September 17, 2019

Haiku Sticky #516


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Text:

sleepless night
Harold's purple crayon
redraws the moon

September 15, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

backyard camping

I pretended to see
the dipper at the end
of her index finger

having no clue
I was near-sighted

September 10, 2019

Haiku Sticky #515


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Text:

September cookout
salsa and a sweater
and busy bees

September 8, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!

The picture was created in response to a Spark challenge, and I added the haiku for today's haiga.


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Text:

the yearling's
capricious challenge
...daybreak

September 3, 2019

Haiku Sticky #514


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Text:

errant wasp
a bottle of Windex
determines its fate


Whenever possible I try to lead errant creatures to a safe exit. Sometimes they refuse to follow directions and I regrettably have to reach for the window cleaner.

September 1, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

child on the beach

she bends to pick up
one last treasure

adding it to her bucket
filled to the top with all
the other "one last" treasures

August 27, 2019

Haiku Sticky #513


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Text:

ripening peaches
each August outsmarted
by the wild ones

August 25, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

basic design
elements learned
unexpectedly

August 22, 2019

Poetry Friday--In Memory of Lee Bennett Hopkins

I decided to step away from my Poetry Friday hiatus to participate in a celebration to honor children's poetry champion, Lee Bennett Hopkins. Lee died on August 8, 2019.

I have used a line from his poem, "City," which is found in City I Love (Abrams, 2009):
A hydrant is my swimming pool.
It is the inspiration for a cherita and I've altered a photo by John Vachon, taken in 1941, to illustrate it.


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Text:

a hydrant is my swimming pool

a respite from city heat
mere minutes in the moment

laughter of friends the memento
--a valve waiting to be reopened
at a moment's notice

I never had the opportunity to meet Lee in person, but I did participate in a Highlights Foundation workshop back in 2017 in which he video conferenced with the attendees. I corresponded with him briefly about a poem being considered for a future anthology. Sadly, the project was subsequently canceled by the publisher and I wasn't able to brag, "I'm in a Lee Bennett Hopkins anthology!"

Find more tribute poems at The Poem Farm where Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is hosting today's special celebration #DearOneLBH. Many thanks to Jone MacCulloch for originally suggesting we share LBH's poems by using them as a springboard to something new.

August 20, 2019

Haiku Sticky #512


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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.


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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


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Text:

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

July 21, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

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

July 16, 2019

Haiku Sticky #507


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Text:

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

July 14, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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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