November 24, 2020

Haiku Sticky #573

 © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

covid lockdown
talking to the ducklings
on the Dawn bottle

November 22, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

Last month I participated in a Spark postcard exchange.  Usually I write a short poem, digitally illustrate it, and print off a 4x6" copy to send as my postcard.  I impose upon myself a theme that I use to get me going.  In October my head was completely taken up by the presidential election, so, I didn't write poems.  Instead, I borrowed the words of another poet, Carl Sandburg, to illustrate using photos and illustrations in the public domain.  Sandburg's Good Morning, America (1928) collection contained a numbered list of 38 definitions of poetry.  Here are three of the postcards that I created using Sandburg's definitions #2, 14, and 21:

 



 



November 17, 2020

Haiku Sticky #572

 


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

one year after moving
one more box emptied
more than one to go

 

November 15, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

 Just a random small poem for today.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

Time of Drought

Crow does
not doubt
one rain
drop will
mean two
rain drops,
will mean
three,
then four.
Nor does
he doubt
death will
find him
if that one
rain drop
does not
fall
at all.


November 10, 2020

Haiku Sticky #571

 


 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

two nights' sound sleep
too good to be ended
so soon

November 8, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. 

Text:

waiting for fall to end

raking and bagging
raking and bagging

with patience new 
cooler winds will arrive
to blow the rest away

November 3, 2020

Haiku Sticky #570


 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

election day hope
extra strength antacids
no longer needed

November 1, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. 

Text:

those who pick
at her scabs hope
to topple her

voters may provide
the corrective

to keep her standing
 

October 25, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. 

Text:

fall 2020

stepping on the cracks
to break the back

of he who is working
to make the fissures
too wide to cross

October 20, 2020

Haiku Sticky #569

 

 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. 

Text:

lab tests
I eye the vials as they fill
four...seven...ten...

 

October 18, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

 


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

tomato bumper crop

mid-October and
the pandemic continues

despite all else
we can depend on
a salad

October 13, 2020

Haiku Sticky #568

 


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. 

Text:

election day looms...
planning to live without
breathing

October 11, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!



© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

autumn takes hold

an air of desperation
to all activities

the new year will
reveal whose attempts
at survival prevail

October 6, 2020

Haiku Sticky #567


 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

mourning doves pick
through the rain gutter
--winter prep

October 4, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

making plans

spring and summer
spent at home

in November we'll
walk through the leaves
to vote

September 29, 2020

Haiku Sticky #566


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

turning leaves
the days still the same...
the same...the same

September 27, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

Here's a haiga from January 20, 2017 that I'm reprising today.  Now, nearly four years later, we know that what we once thought was a mask, is a full-out evil visage.  Sadly, in the time of a pandemic, we now wish he would wear a real Covid mask. 


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

Mephisto
the crowd still expects
he'll remove his mask

September 22, 2020

Haiku Sticky #565

 


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text: 

weather a month
ahead of the calendar
...first day of fall

September 20, 2020

Un-Happy Haiga Day!

In recognition of the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsberg--civil rights advocate extraordinaire.

 


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

Ruth

The woman wore
crocheted net gloves--
clearly, an anti-fashion
fashion tease.
Her gloves were a
tribute to the skill of
generations of women
who created beauty
and complexity
within a net of society.
She knew full well
that one day, the net
would be turned
inside out to release
the little fishes and
snag the leviathan.

September 15, 2020

Haiku Sticky #564

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

September
even the water
is leaving the pond

September 13, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

"next summer..."
our song of 2020
the "maybe" unsung

September 8, 2020

Haiku Sticky #563

 


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

nary a wake
the duck pair now
empty-nesters

 

 

September 6, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

September 2020

we'd been waiting
two months for the turtle
eggs to hatch

today, viewing the debris,
we hope for the best

 

September 1, 2020

Haiku Sticky #562

 


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

sparrows' songs
the brief cessation
as I walk by


August 30, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

fall is coming...
bee ignores the cell phone
in its space

                                          

August 25, 2020

Haiku Sticky #561

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text: 

August morning
a field of sunflowers
all facing east

August 23, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

30 yard dumpster
how quickly a life can
be disassembled

August 18, 2020

Haiku Sticky #560

 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text: 

arriving home
face-off with the family
of field mice

August 16, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

holes in the sidewalk
where a mailbox always stood
August 2020

August 11, 2020

Haiku Sticky #559

 © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

$131,700

was burning a hole
in someone's pocket

he ended up with a letter
about dinosaur poop
--I shit you not

 

A little background reading.

August 9, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

 

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. 

Text: 

 pandemic lock-down
--running out of subjects
to turn into verse

August 4, 2020

Haiku Sticky #558



© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

three months to go...
fear neck and neck
with hope



August 2, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

heat wave
old cat appears
to have melted

July 28, 2020

Haiku Sticky #557


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

Trump's death charts
one more elderly victim:
democracy

July 26, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

I found a small bag of Barbie shoes the other day. It immediately made me wince. One of the most painful surprises is to step on a Barbie high heel. It is probably on a par with stepping on a LEGO.





© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

little ones at play

mothers warn them:
fashion is pain

no one listens
until the crippling
of their own feet

July 21, 2020

Haiku Sticky #556


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

waiting...waiting...
promises of summer rain
...waiting...waiting...

July 19, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!

I join those who mourn the death of Rep. John Lewis. He was an inspiration and his words and actions will be long remembered.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

too many chickens

he preached instead
to a foul society

he found the fowl
might be better listeners
but the foul could be cleansed

July 14, 2020

Haiku Sticky #555


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

looking at graphs
Covid spikes, death stats

the other side of the coin

last night a tree frog
heard in my old city
neighborhood

July 12, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo by Roger Smith, 1943, source: Library of Congress.

Text:

have-nots
vacation in the street's
hydrant free-for-all

July heat
not quite bearable

but briefly forgettable

July 7, 2020

Haiku Sticky #554


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

pink lemonade from
"naturally" flavored powder

heedlessly sipped
with no one to snigger
at the label

pandemic summer

July 5, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

July 5, 2020

While likenesses in brass or stone
were promised a second life,
there was no holy-day for
a 244 year-old social compact
found near death yesterday, July 4.
Signs point to strangulation.
Nearby stood a heavily made-up
clown, who, over an estimated
1261 days is reported to have left
his fingerprints on everything--
including the victim. The names
of the victim, and the clown,
are being withheld pending
further investigation by the DOJ.


June 30, 2020

Haiku Sticky #553


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

a constant fog
independent of my mood
mask with glasses

June 28, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

always time
for one last roll down the hill
...day's end

June 23, 2020

Haiku Sticky #552


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

trees in full leaf
deceived into thinking
I am neighborless

June 21, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

Summering in Hell

Drosophila sp. on a bowl
of peaches has always
been my summer enemy.

And, "I can't breathe"
referred to the heat--
remedied by a hand fan.

Duped by deceit,
ignorance, or apathy,
in 2020, some will

summer in hell where
The Fruit Fly expects
the sweetest peach.

You should know him
instinctively, but if not:
his eyes match his tie.

June 16, 2020

Haiku Sticky #551


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

a pile of dirt
and a 16-month-old
...on his own

June 14, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

toad in situ
a sudden appreciation
for ugly

June 9, 2020

Haiku Sticky #550


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

June 2020
stand for justice? stay alive?
viral dilemma