Haiku a Day: Day 30 (4/30/15)

April 30, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 30

thinking in haiku
everything I say spills out
5, 7, 5


Focusing on nature and the present to write haiku has really helped me appreciate spring this year. I've enjoyed every day of National Poetry Month. Hope you have, too!

Don't forget to enter to win an autographed copy of Write a Poem Step by Step--today's the last day!

Haiku a Day: Day 29 (4/29/15)

April 29, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 29, cormorants

Strings of cormorants
skim Lake Michigan's surface
necks stretching northward

Haiku a Day: Day 28 (4/28/15)

April 29, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 28, hyacinths

hyacinth fragrance
permeates the neighborhood
trespass for a sniff

Haiku a Day: Day 27 (4/27/15)

April 29, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 27, one good tern

Here is one good tern.
You know what they say, don't you?
Waiting. Watching. Where?

Haiku a Day: Day 26 (4/26/15)

April 29, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 26

Juncos disappear
before chimney swifts return.
On your way, juncos!


Here in Wisconsin, I always see my first chimney swift of the year around April 30 or May 1. This video is from a few years ago. I'm watching the skies!

Find out from eBird when chimney swifts might arrive in your neighborhood!


National Poetry Month Book Giveaway!

April 24, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Book Giveaway, Write a Poem Step by Step

I've posted all my National Poetry Month daily haiku on this blog--hooray! I'm up to date--let's celebrate! I'll give away an autographed copy of Write a Poem Step by Step to a random winner. To enter, add a comment to this post by midnight on April 30, 2015. Be sure to include your contact information. Good luck!

Haiku a Day: Day 25 (4/25/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 25, orioles, grape jelly, oranges

Sorry, orioles--
no grape jelly in the fridge.
Oranges okay?

Haiku a Day: Day 24 (4/24/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 24, Bea

Bea lies in sunshine
just when I need a poem
good old helpful pal


Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at No Water River. Enjoy!

Haiku a Day: Day 23 (4/23/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 23, May apples

flock of umbrellas
May apples wait in April
ready to unfurl

Haiku a Day: Day 22 (4/22/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 22, mittens, wind chill

April must not know
I put away my mittens
wind chill: 32

Haiku a Day: Day 21 (4/21/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 21

I'd like to lie down
in a blue bed of scilla
forget everything

Haiku a Day: Day 20 (4/20/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 20, willow, goose, nest

today's pond report:
goose in threat pose guarding nest
gnarled willow sprouting

Haiku a Day: Day 19 (4/19/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 19, raindrops, catkins

raindrops on catkins
brighten this gray, dreary day
okay, back to work

Haiku a Day: Day 18 (4/18/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 18

at last, I've found you
woodpecker rapping up high
camouflaged on birch

Haiku a Day: Day 17 (4/17/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 17, pulmonaria

pulmonaria
early blossoms on our hill
pink and blue bee treats

Haiku a Day: Day 16 (4/16/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 16, buds, irises

Soon to be revealed--
mystery spring flower buds.
What did I plant here?

Haiku a Day: Day 15 (4/15/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 15, bloodroot

lake wind chills my ears
pesticide smells hurt my head
oh, but look--bloodroot

Haiku a Day: Day 14 (4/14/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 14, grebe, Estabrook Park


tiny diving grebe
disappears in quiet pond
ripples mark the spot

Haiku a Day: Day 13 (4/13/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 13, buds, firecrackers

swollen buds explode
on each tree as we walk by
firecrackers of spring

Haiku a Day: Day 12 (4/12/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 12, mallard

hush--do not disturb
mallard under bird feeders
yard cleanup can wait

Haiku a Day: Day 11 (4/11/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 11, maple syrup

haul heavy buckets
watch boiling sap steam windows
tomorrow, French toast

Haiku a Day: Day 10 (4/10/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 10

Oops! I missed a day. Belated post:

yesterday's haiku
first on today's to-do list
O, slippery slope

Haiku a Day: Day 9 (4/9/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 9, ducks, playground

rain gushes down streets
pools in backyards and basements
brings ducks out to play

Haiku a Day: Day 8 (4/8/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 8, daffodils, glove

stop to photograph
daffodils in rustic frame
lose another glove

Haiku a Day: Day 7 (4/7/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 7, yellow-bellied sapsucker

I pause, glance outside
yellow-bellied sapsucker
turn back to work, cheered


No photo today, but you can learn about the yellow-bellied sapsucker from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bird Guide.

Haiku a Day: Day 6 (4/6/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 6, pansies

I try to walk to Lake Michigan every day. Thinking about my ‪‎haiku a day‬ for ‎National Poetry Month‬ while I walk helps me pay attention.

today's gifts: pansies
mergansers diving through waves
children holding hands

Haiku a Day: Day 5 (4/5/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 5, Jackson Marsh State Wildlife Area, skunk cabbage

skunk cabbage unfurls
under last year's leaf litter--
stinky sign of spring

Haiku a Day: Day 4 (4/4/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 4, Lions Den Gorge Nature Preserve, spring peepers

Spring peepers call me
down a faint deer trail. Surprise!
Bea must hear them, too!


Haiku a Day: Day 3 (4/3/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 3, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, whooping cranes

binoculars poised
we prowl the marshy pathways
stalking whooping cranes


Haiku a Day: Day 2 (4/2/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 2, Rockbridge, rocks, kissing

wrinkled foreheads touch
two rocks kissing form a bridge
river doesn't care

National Poetry Month! Haiku a Day! Catching Up! (Day 1: 4/1/15)

April 23, 2015

Tags: National Poetry Month, Haiku a Day, Day 1, moon

I've been posting a haiku each day this month on Facebook and Twitter. Now I'm catching up by gathering them all here in one spot. Enjoy!

Nighttime walk, strange town--
foundry rumble, fast food glare,
same familiar moon