Haiku Appearing Easily


appearing easily
it now seems to hesitate
a cloudy moon


It’s easy for haiku to appear on my blog when I’m sharing someone else’s poems! I hope these Basho poems are inspiring you. Remember, all poems by Matsuo Basho are tagged in the Basho Poetry category.

full moon,moon in the clouds,moon through the trees,bright moon,


Haiku with a Sharp Chirp

walking down a path
sharp chirp of the chickadee
I see the warning signs



I have been focusing on my mental health, and I think I’ve got myself to a really good place. Now I need to focus on my body. I need to lose weight and I need to build up the muscles that I have. I am seeing signs that neglecting my health was a bad idea.

bird on sidewalk

city bird

Basho Favorites


darkness of night
lost from its nest
cry of the plover


As I am getting older and changing as a writer and as an artist, I like some poems more than I used to. As I flip through my Basho poetry book I find myself wondering why I didn’t write down certain poems as favorites six years ago. But I was a very different person 6 years ago. Click on the category “Basho Poetry” to see more of my favorites by the master poet.

supermoon rising,big moon,full moon,bright moon,

Dimpled Haiku

jellyfish in light up tank,clear jellies,

dimpled smile
sparkling stars come out
beautiful night



Happy Monday folks. I hope you are all getting back into your routines now that the big holidays have passed. My boys are back in school so things in my life will be getting more routine. I should have some quiet days ahead in which to write up many blog posts. I may try a writing challenge in March and skip the poem-a-day challenge in April because April is a busy month for me. Writing poetry and writing blog posts are two different animals and this momma only has so much time.

Flowers Above Haiku


for a while
flowers are above
the night’s moon 


Haiku and Resolutions

tiny art,mini plate,mini painting,miniature painting,

Mini Paintings at Nelson-Atkins Museums

painting with my mouth
my pen, my brush, my blog
hillside flowers


I don’t know why I waited so long to try painting. I don’t know why I put it off when it’s something that I had tried in high school and gotten compliments on. I guess I knew that I would not be able to paint in the realism form. But I don’t know why I let that stop me. I have started letting myself out of my self-imposed boxes. I am going to consider myself an artist, and stop just doing “poet things” because I don’t need to limit myself.

My goal is to paint at least 1 new painting a month in 2019. To exercise every week. I used to say that I would exercise every day, or lose X amount of pounds. This year I am going to try to exercise 3x a week and whatever happens, happens. I read 23 books in 2018. I know that when I was in middle school and high school I read constantly and I probably broke that record many times, but since I’ve been an adult and starting keeping track, that is the most that I have read in a calendar year. I hope to read 30 books in 2019.

I hope to keep working in ministry at my church as a lay person and see more people get involved in the church on that deeper level. I want to start writing longer blog posts. I will still put a poem in every post as this is a poetry blog, but I may start making longer more traditional blog posts. I am working on a book, but it has been really difficult for me. I have wanted to write a book for a long time, and I have an outline and I have the whole thing mapped out in my head I’m just having trouble writing the boring parts like describing the traveling and the land. I may try to do National Novel Writing Month in November and see if that helps me finish up.

So this is my New Year’s post and my New Year’s resolutions or goals for 2019. I hope you all have a great start to the new year.

Souvenir Haiku


souvenir paintings
what kind of a brush first drew
the image of Buddha

impressionism, van gogh,

I really like this week’s haiku from Basho. I have started studying painting, mainly oil painting, through Youtube and other places on the internet. It is amazing how much information you can find if you use the right search terms. It is really neat to see how art and painting have progressed throughout the years. It’s also really neat to know that you can use the same materials that the old masters used.

Unseen Stone

asking a friend
to go on a jog with me
tripped on unseen stone
  October 25, 2018


Thank goodness for friends! They are there to help you when you are struggling down the trail. I have always wanted to use this photo, but have never found a reason. It was at the zoo by the hippo tank and I found it funny.

hippopotamus skull,funny signs,signs about danger,


Stringing Haiku

stringing the lights
changing the tablecloth
squirrels lining old nests



How does your house change for the winter or Christmas season? I do a little decorating in my kitchen and dining room area, but the rest of the house stays the same. Until Christmas. Then there are lights and ornaments, and stuffed animals, and all kinds of pretty things that get brought out for the month of December. I wasn’t able to understand why people hated to decorate for Christmas and complained about having to put it all back up.

Then I found out that some people only decorate a day or two before, then they take the tree and all of the lights back down the day after Christmas! That’s a lot of work to only have it up for two or three days! We put up our tree and our lights on Black Friday in November (instead of shopping) and then our tree stays up until almost New Year’s Eve. Some years I don’t get the tree broken down until the second of January. Why do all of that work and not enjoy it? If I leave it up the whole month of December, people can see it when they drop by. 

When do you put up your tree (if you decorate for Christmas) and when do you take it down?

xmas lights,christmas time,decorating the tree,lights on the tree,string of lights,

Lightning Strike by Basho


with lightning
one is not enlightened
how valuable


I really like this poem. Do you like Basho’s poems?

berries,tree branch against sky,elm trees,

Oil and Plastic

tree art,outside art,big art,metal work,

Metal Tree installation at Nelson-Atkins Art Museum.

oil and plastic
things that choke the turtles
toxic friends


I wrote this 6 months ago for a prompt for #RavensVeil on Twitter. I don’t mention it a lot, but I really do love animals. I do love nature and I do worry about our environment in the USA. I just don’t know what to do about it. Everyone who is 40 and younger has heard about recycling and knows that we need to take care of our land and water; we’ve been told this over and over and over. I guess they just think that their one piece of trash won’t matter. The problem is there are a million people who think that, and that is why we are where we are.

Non-Scale Victories

making it fun, enjoying the exercise
I’m putting away the scale
outside, tasting the wind


This poem is also a Kimo. To find out how it is different from Japanese haiku, see yesterday’s post. Also, don’t forget that I have a whole page devoted to poetry definitions. I have defined every poem that I have shared here, plus a few others.

I didn’t get any comments on yesterday’s post, but I got an uptick in views. Views always die after a month-long challenge, but since they were up again yesterday, seemingly in response to yesterday’s poem, I decided to share this other Israeli haiku. Please remember to leave me and other bloggers comments. Most of us want interaction with our readers.

leaves in an empty lot