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

              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!

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

              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!

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

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

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

              hyacinth fragrance
              permeates the neighborhood
              trespass for a sniff

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

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

 

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National Poetry Month Book Giveaway!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              pulmonaria
              early blossoms on our hill
              pink and blue bee treats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oops! I missed a day. Belated post:

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

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

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

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

              stop to photograph
              daffodils in rustic frame
              lose another glove

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

              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.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


              tiny diving grebe
              disappears in quiet pond
              ripples mark the spot

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

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

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

              flock of umbrellas
              May apples wait in April
              ready to unfurl

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

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

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

              binoculars poised
              we prowl the marshy pathways
              stalking whooping cranes



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

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

 

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

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

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

              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!

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