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

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.


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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


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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!


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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


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Text:

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

June 9, 2019

Happy Haiga Day!


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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!


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Text:

first of June
already the grass
overgrown