On his balcony – Him in just tighty whities – We make eye contact. -a senryu poem (For this post, I used an open source image so I could share this more quickly)Read more "Just tighty whities"
Drunk salaryman – Testing policemen’s patience – Ushered to the loo. -a senryu poemRead more "Patient Police"
High alpine pasture – Climb behind, descent ahead – Stones in the air. – a haiku poem The phrase stones in the air is a Zen expression meaning to create trouble where none existed.Read more "Stones in the Air"
Confined to shadow – Yet achieving radiance – The die has been set. – a haiku poemRead more "The Die is Set"
Already July – Not too late to lift your head – The orchid’s shoulders. – a haiku poemRead more "Already July"
White magnolia – Decorated in sunlight – An Invitation. – a haiku poemRead more "An Invitation "
Half-way up the hill – No conceit nor arrogance – The leaves simply grow. – a haiku poemRead more "No Conceit "
Izu Unfolding Izu unfolding – Ribbons through flower gardens – Songs above the roar. – Tight Turn Enemy, Lover – Leaning in as tires hold – The warmth of the sun – This Very Moment This very moment – As the throttle glides open – The dust brushed away – 3 haiku poemsRead more "Izu Unfolding – 3 Motorcycle Haiku"
He, a tall, kind man – who loved those large camphor trees – Leaves, seeds, on our porch – His apologies, too – All cut down now before spring. – a tanka grief poem In fond memory of Shinagawa-sanRead more "Shinagawa-san"
Relentless snowfall – Tells it like it really is – The truth unobscured – by bottom-line self-interest – and the greed of the wealthy – Welcome relief. -a mountain poem protestRead more "Relentless Snowfall"
Each new beginning – transitions to what might be – Beauty from unrest. – a haiku poemRead more "New Beginning"
The ridge holds the moon – while red fox glides up the slope – and snow cat descends. – Look, and move accordingly – Sometimes go up, sometimes down. – a tanka protest poem This week we are in Hokkaido staying at an Onsen (hot spring) hotel and snowboarding in Niseko. In addition to world […]Read more "Look, Move Accordingly"
A bright little girl – Sits in her classroom and looks – at all the empty chairs. – a haiku protest poem We must not… H.R.610 – To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in […]Read more "Empty Classroom"
So far away – a mother’s worried eyes – fall short of her son. – Gasping for air and vision – This is not democracy. – a tanka protest poem We must not… H.R.861 – To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.115th Congress (2017-2018) H.J.Res.69 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United […]Read more "A mother’s worried eyes"
Frozen in motion – Ears ring in stoney silence – Nothing but wind howls. -a haiku poemRead more "Frozen in Motion"
Over a summer- Life explodes, wisps, and wanders- Leaving bold traces. -a haiku poem in memory of D.G.Read more "Life Explodes"
Helpful jealousy- from an innocent question- of a past boyfriend. – perhaps a silly response – or love’s timely reminder. – a senryu poemRead more "Helpful jealousy"
Blackened, gnarled, branches – Reach toward snow covered peaks – Under winter skies. -a haiku poemRead more "Snow Covered Peaks"
Rain drops on willows – Crystals of the morning sun – Winter’s first blanket. – a haiku poemRead more "Winter’s First Blanket"
Green leaves, late autumn- unaware of colder nights- and the peace of fall. -a haiku poemRead more "Green Leaves, Late Autumn"
Red leaves in autumn soon fall to the forest floor and turn to grey dust. No one remembers them green. Their shine lost in memory.Read more "No one remembers them green"
Blue meadow mooncast – Dew settles on the grasses – Shifting cotton clouds. – a haiku poemRead more "Shifting Cotton Clouds"
Autumn sunshine streams – Cascading down the staircase – to pool on a fern. – a haiku poem written and photographed in Kita-KamakuraRead more "Autumn Sunshine Stream"
Uplit trees floating – in the cool autumn night – Tethered to the earth. – a haiku poemRead more "Uplit Trees"
The screen door swings closed – Soft steps into the garden – for the last time. – a haiku poemRead more "Into the Garden"
Oceanside fireworks – Captured on a tiny screen – Without the awe. -a senryu poemRead more "Oceanside Fireworks"
Windswept old woman – with a sunshine umbrella – and purposeful eyes. -a senryu poemRead more "Windswept Old Woman"
Pigeons in Paris – panic and take flight – But still alight on – a kind hand outstretched. – a five syllable mountain poem Paris is still here. We have found the city predictably subdued and the security can feel oppressive, albeit necessary, at times. That said, we have been universally welcomed by all. It’s […]Read more "Pigeons in Paris"
A limestone staircase- blends with a cloudy sky- yet clouds hold no weight- and a staircase sheds no rain- Be careful with your footsteps- not to mar the clouds- nor pass through stone. -a mountain poemRead more "A Limestone Staircase"
Wild meadow flowers- stretch behind a pasture fence- and join with the sun. – a haiku poemRead more "Wild Meadow Flowers"
Mossy forest paths – along bright alpine gardens – to catch your breath. -a haiku poemRead more "Catch your breath"
Alpine butterflies – Through the expansive valley – Find their flowers. – a haiku poemRead more "Alpine Butterflies"
Ancient screams echo – through cold granite corridors. – The lord sleeps above. – a haiku poem Written after the dungeon and torture chamber situated below the bedroom at Chateau de Chillon in Montreux, Switzerland.Read more "Ancient screams echo"
And on the next day- wind sculpted flowers at peace- with the morning sun. -a haiku poemRead more "And on the next day"
A wildflower blooms – in astounding directions. – Some long, some short. A haiku poem in memory of Mohima Inspired by the Zen proverb – In the landscape of spring, there is neither better nor worse. The flowering branches grow naturally, some long, some short. These words can be of great consolation in times of tremendous […]Read more "A Wildflower Blooms"
Sunlit summer leaves- Accents of forest rhythm- Blowing crazy jazz. -a haiku poem This poem was partly inspired by Horace Silver’s “Ah So” off Tokyo BluesRead more "Blowing Crazy Jazz"
Moisture settles deep – into the shadows of spring – Effervescent green – Pop! Without warning, Autumn red – Full freedom in expression. – -a mountain poemRead more "Shadows of Spring"
Serene forest toad- Paused not with indecision – but clarity. -a haiku poemRead more "Serene Forest Toad"
Faint purple oxeye – Swayed by the colorless wind – Steadied by the pale moon. – a haiku poemRead more "Faint purple oxeye"
Standing spring grasses- pose unanswerable questions- to wild fox spirits.- Who move too fast to notice- the seeds in their red brown coats. – a tanka poemRead more "Unanswerable Questions"
Petals on a fern – Animated by the wind – Petals on the ground – Soon returning through decay – How much better to be held. -a mountain poemRead more "Petals on a Fern"
Work tugs, halide lights – Rolling gently, evening swell – Floating styrofoam – Fenders whine with dock lines taut – False appearance of order. -a tanka poemRead more "Harbor Tugs"
There’s not much time – So dress nicely and stay out. – Make your peace, then sleep. -a senryu poemRead more "Not much time"
Old Nikes dry – Next to white ankle strap heels – Laughter from the bedroom. – a senryu poemRead more "White Ankle Strap Heels"
Empty bar stools – empty bar – Half empty bottles – for half empty lives. – Wipe the counter. – an urban mountain poemRead more "Empty Bar Stools"
Dandelion seeds – Set into the morning air- Counting on the wind – Listen. What becomes of the dandelion? -a haiku poem with capping phraseRead more "Dandelion"
Rust streaks, flaking blue – Barred and locked yet revealing – One’s true nature. – a haiku poemRead more "One’s True Nature"
Melting spring snow- Flows down the mountainside- into the sunlight. – Why not sit on tatami – and whisk macha tea? -a tanka poemRead more "Macha Tea"
Half hidden, half seen – The quarter moon arises – Casting no shadows. – a haiku poem A quarter moon surprisingly clear through the light noise of Yokohama on Saturday May 14, 2016.Read more "Quarter Moon"
Her song drifts – out with the steam – from the shower. -a senryu poemRead more "The Singer"
Mother’s Day – The Clematis in full bloom – Catches the child’s eye. – a haiku poemRead more "Mother’s Day"
Empty bags in hand – Walking to buy groceries – Talking through the list. -a senryu poemRead more "Shopping for Groceries"
First cup of coffee- The porch wet with morning rain- The clock is so loud. -a haiku poemRead more "Morning Rain"
Sitting on the shelf – Old postage stamp collection – Spouse’s secret past. -a senryu poemRead more "Stamp Collection"
One last banana – Spotting brown another day- Perhaps tomorrow. -a senryu poemRead more "One Last Banana"
Rain clouds on rooftops swallow the spring sun and mute the flowers. Silhouettes in puddles fragmented by rain drops against a mirrored sky Then wind slams the glass. Reflections now obscured The flat sky breaks as the water recedes. -a mountain poem This poem was written for Mina who has had to deal with far more illness […]Read more "Wind Slams the Glass"
There is such a thing – as winter hydrangea – Old and glorious. -a haiku poemRead more "Winter Hydrangea"
Falling snow lands softly – joining the standing trees – with the clouds and the earth – the winter and the spring. – Exhale and breath freezes. -a six syllable mountain poemRead more "Breath Freezes"
Graceful leaves open – unfolding with perfection – at the rate of spring. -a haiku poem This macro photo of a flowering kale plant in early spring reveals at least two aspects to it that are particularly striking. The first was the incredible grace of the leaves as they unfold so slowly but dramatically. The second is the […]Read more "Rate of Spring"
Surrounded by sasa* now snow – A tree bends from the earth – As it’s pushed by the mountain wind – Cracking in the dry winter air – Emblazoned by the summer sun – Creative harmony in the void. -an eight syllable mountain poem * Sasa is type of low lying bamboo that covers the open sections […]Read more "Harmony in the Void"