Friday, September 30, 2005

haiku from Japan (viii)

alone in the gallery
images of the
autumn moon


one thousand cranes
in ochre and gold

Thursday, September 29, 2005

haiku from Japan (vii)

temple entrance
shoes on wooden shelves
row on row


minor notes
from the garden pavilion
dark morning

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

haiku from Japan (vi)

under a willow
lashed by slender


three granite slabs
modern art

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

haiku from Japan (v)

room after room
of silk-edged mats
whisper of sliding screens


palace of the
feudal lord
paper walls

Monday, September 26, 2005

haiku from Japan (iv)

tea ceremony
in every movement


tea ceremony
sweets and then
a bitter sip

Friday, September 23, 2005

haiku from Japan (iii)

Palace grounds
ruffled feathers of a
preening swan


Japanese shrine
for war dead
odd man out

Thursday, September 22, 2005

haiku from Japan (ii)

admiring the view
a woman next to me
writes haiku


colleagues bow
as the day begins
an old man stoops

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Photo by Sanjay Pindiyath, c/o

silver button
holding up
the sky


autumn equinox
a new leaf

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

haiku from Japan (i)

Photo by Daniel T. Yara, c/o

in the distance
vague outline of Fuji
rising in the haze


orange ball
in the evening sky
land of the rising sun

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Photo by J.H. (Asia), c/o

I will be in Japan,
the land of haiku,
until later this month.

Inspired haiku, I hope,
upon my return....

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Photo by Dawn Turner, courtesy of

sagging roof
unvarnished wood
split shingle


rising sun
shadows in the trees

Friday, September 02, 2005


Photo by Chris (Kyoto, Japan), courtesy of

water bugs stride
across the pond
dust mote in my coffee


voices of
a dozen birds
one bullfrog croaks

Thursday, September 01, 2005


Photo by Paul Anderson, courtesy of

under the
mosaic of leaves


one fallen
goosefoot maple leaf
yellow on red