a second chance: haiku and senryu

a second chance

to begin

lunar new year


on the wall

behind the grow light

a green moth


cleaning the fridge

I finish the dregs

last night’s wine



from melt to freeze

some relationships…



in the pizza

a heavy sprinkle



the seed rack

a new lunar year


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The new lunar year began on Tuesday February 5, 2019.

In memory of Rachel Sutcliffe 1977-2019


Last Thursday I was saddened to learn that Rachel Sutcliffe has died. She was/is an accomplished and recognized haiku poet who also shared her work on WordPress at Projectwords. Her Haiku Foundation profile may be found here.

Rachel’s poetry is on my favourites list. Though I wish she had been able to live and write much longer…I am grateful for what she has offered and the opportunity to know of her presence in this world.

her early departure

the wind howls

past my window


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Haikai Challenge Rachel Sutcliffe

Sounds of Princess Street: haiku and senryu

Last Thursday (November 29) I posted ‘A stroll down Princess Street’, a haibun. I have since gone into town (Kingston) for a second walk, this time tuning into street sounds. Here are a few of the haiku/senryu that I wrote. My final one-line haiku appears in Troutswirl’s A Sense of Place on December 5, 2018 (written and edited by KJ Munro).


in cold twilight

street lamps ignite

trumpets in my mind


above sidewalk ice

an evening interlude

St. Andrew’s chimes


“Can you spare change?”

the man in the doorway,

his oxygen tubes.


gushing water

a boy hoses down the rink

at Market Square


on a quiet stretch

a sewer grate clinks

I aim for the next one


a pigeon lingers at the chirping crosswalk*

*some crosswalk signals emit chirping sounds for visually impaired people. This style is being phased out due to reports of birds imitating the chirps and confusing pedestrians.


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on the road: haiku and tanka

retro radio

I catch up

with my teen era


autumn slush rain

fresh colour on the road

lemon puddles


defog on high

no heat on the floor

the wipers squeak

a doleful autumn preview

of winter driving


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I wrote the closing tanka in response to Carpe Diem #1543 Rainstorm which challenges us to write haiku or tanka about a rainstorm without referring to it directly.