Tuesday, May 31, 2005

desert

I close my eyes and see
the desert sun’s shadow –
absolute stillness


Photo by Minieffects, c/o morguefile.com

...

banks of mounting fog
held in place by snow-capped crests –
snake basks in the sun

Acoma

Photo by Jane M Sawyer, c/o morguefile.com

visiting the shell
of an Indian pueblo –
ghosts in broad daylight

...

worn ladder
rising above an adobe wall,
piercing the blue sky

Monday, May 30, 2005

spirits of New Mexico

Photo of Tull Chee Hah by Edward S. Curtis, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-106988

scorching heat, arid earth:
faces branded by the
sun and history

...

buttes rise from the desert floor,
stepping stones of ancient gods –
flat clouds drift

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

last haiku for a while: someday

Photo by latinspaceangel, c/o morguefile.com

some day, sometime
I'll get to this, to that --
"to the lighthouse"

...

alone in my thoughts
I stir myself
to say "good morning"


Monday, May 23, 2005

thoughtless

Photo by Keith Richardson, c/o morguefile.com

in lotus pose
spine aligned, hands cupped upward
I hear but don't listen

...

without even trying
I take refuge in no-thing
and lose my self

Friday, May 20, 2005

glass

Photo by Iván Melenchón, c/o morguefile.com

car window:
reflection of an aging man
seeking peace

...

man at the florist --
slight smile as he arranges
the pale snapdragons

Thursday, May 19, 2005

coffee light

Japanese lanterns
hanging in the coffee house --
neon shines outside

Photo by Dave Wicks, c/o morguefile.com

...

solid wooden beams
fastened by cast iron joints;
rich light reflected

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

down the street

Photo by Darren Hester, c/o morguefile.com

putto perched
above a mahogany door;
robin sits to one side

...

lighted sign
on the corner store's wall:
"ph r acy"

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

gone

Photo by Malinda Welte, c/o morguefile.com

one rose in front of
the broken embassy:
quiet diplomacy

...

closed iron gate
in the middle of a park --
path leading to nowhere

Monday, May 16, 2005

lulled

Photo by Dave Wicks, c/o morguefile.com

insistent warbling
of some lonely bird;
rustling of leaves in the dark

...

bulbous poppy pods
cover the hillside --
I am lulled towards slumber

Friday, May 13, 2005

more street scenes

Photo by Sanjay Pindiyath, c/o morguefile.com

my neighborhood:
heavy hardwood rockers
chained together on a porch

...

graffiti on a mailbox;
inside, the scrawlings
of a spurned lover

Thursday, May 12, 2005

window



Tibetan prayer flags
wave into my room,
then pull flat against the screen

...

murmurs of neighbors
at a tea party next door
spring through the window

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

early

early one spring morning
birds not yet awake;
trees grow silently

Photo by Emily Roesly, c/o morguefile.com

...

moonlit tulips
faint in the glow --
street lamp flickers out

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

morning street

young lovers walk along
hand in hand
grasping memories of last night

...

Photo by heinrich jakob, c/o www.morguefile.com

trekking to work,
I hear a screed
aimed at a world that doesn't listen

Monday, May 09, 2005

memoirs

Photo by clarita, c/o www.morguefile.com

recollections
of a time, far distant,
that I can barely recall

...

a sudden maelstrom,
loose leaves whipped by the wind;
silk tie brushes my cheek

Sunday, May 08, 2005

May

Photo by Dawn M Turner, c/o www.morguefile.com

fleur-de-lys
on a concrete flower stand;
spray of red and yellow falls

...

tinge of red
on new oak leaves --
harbinger of fall in May

Friday, May 06, 2005

soft

Photo by Belen, c/o www.morguefile.com

gentle scent of spring,
momentary flash of sweet --
naked tulip stems

...

crisp bird calls amidst
the silence of early morning --
haze before dawn

Thursday, May 05, 2005

process

Photo c/o www.wisegorilla.com

silence follows silence
stillness follows stillness
milestones of life

...

I start each day
with Zen and Taoist readings;
empty head, open heart

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

fragile

Photo by BBC News

waning, cratered moon;
fading powdered profile
of an aging geisha

...

broken robin's egg
on the sidewalk, half missing --
a future ended

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

beams

Photo by Naama, from Israel, c/o morguefile.com

sunbeams slant, transparent
white over the skyline;
street patched with fresh tar

...

windows in a spire,
sunlight and shadows
come together, resonate

Monday, May 02, 2005

soak

pouring rain
soaking the ground beneath my feet -
fire hydrant dripping

Photo by Gracey, c/o morguefile.com

...

between torrents
no thrumming on the roof;
cold river in the street ebbs