sleet – – tanka

My return from Toronto is almost doubled in time by rush hour traffic. I consider how so many people contend with this every day.


sleet splashing

an endless line of traffic

winding past daffodils

my wandering mind

on a short leash


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April moon – – tanka haibun

It’s six days before Easter. Around the house all traces of snow are gone, replaced by puddles, hints of new green, grey, yellow and brown. Today by the porch, the first tulip tips are peeking from the earth and two roads away, red tree buds are out.

to the east

a torn white wafer

in robin-blue sky

April moon calling

all to rise



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The prompt this week for Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge is Pink Moon, one of the names for April moon, which is waxing to fullness this Friday, 2019’s Good Friday.

saezuri – – haibun

This morning I awake to birds and the sump pump clearing yesterday’s rains from the foundation of the house.



over the ocean

of spring mornings

soft twitters above

a deep hum below


I open the curtain to a field of white.


the birds chirp

over drifting snow – –

a March closing


For Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge #79 – twittering – saezuri

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