Setting Sun with Basho


a grass hut
the setting sun gives me
chrysanthemum wine


I love how Basho can paint a picture in three lines.

salmon sky,pink sky,light fading,sunlight,pink clouds,


Haiku Stream

no fishes in
the stream in wintertime
my happiness gone



Don’t worry, I’m actually doing really well. I was just a little sad to walk my favorite trail and spot no fishes swimming beneath the bridges. Then I realized it is winter and they are probably hiding in the deep holes in the stream. And that’s okay, sometimes we need to hide away for a season.

white sea shell,creek,stream,rockbed,rocks in the creek,

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

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,

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.

New Haiku Day 27

nanopolano,nablopomo,2018 event,

Some of these prompts have been tricky, but that’s okay because I shared pieces that I would not normally share. Today’s prompt is “something near” so I chose a haiku poem that I wrote just yesterday. It is unique because it is also a shape poem. I had wanted to write more this month, so last night I made some time and wrote some haiku.

holiday season
letting him decorate the tree

american boy with christmas tree,dino pajamas,decorated christmas tree,

Day 12 NaBloPoMo

The prompt’s for last weekend’s Somethingist challenge were:

10.    Something fragile
11.    Something temporary
12.    Something surprising

Today is Day 12. I thought I would share one of my haiku with you since that is normally what I share on Mondays. Life is fragile and fleeting. You are usually surprised to find yourself at a memorial service, even though they are often planned and talked about for a week beforehand. Sunsets, even though we get them every day, are temporary. 


facing sunset
the glow of a day gone
memorial service

nanopolano,nablopomo,2018 event,

Dot Haiku

white and orange pumpkins,oragne pumpkin,halloween,fall fun,

This is my son about 4 or so years ago. He is barely bigger than the stack of pumpkins!

dot dot dot
a labor of love
mom’s tattoo


My friend was discussing tattoos with me I got to thinking about how tattoos are actually hundreds of little dots. She wanted dots in her tattoo for her daughter. I am sharing simple haiku this week. I think haiku can be fun and simple sometimes, it doesn’t always have to be super profound. 

Quiet Stone Senryu

evening at the museum,nelson atkins galleria of art,art museum,

on quiet stone
the music of children’s feet
museum visitors


Going to museums with kids is actually fun. They see things in a different way, and they will make you think about pieces that you have seen before in a new way.

Hawthorn Haiku

spikes,fall,trees in autumn,frost,frost on a tree,

hawthorn tree hotel
the bird comes and goes despite
thorns meant to deter


So this is technically a spring poem, but we’ll pretend it’s a fall poem and post it today. It is a proper haiku. Do you write poems for the seasons?