small bird,bird nest with a bird in it,robin's nest,
little bird
hopping under the maple tree
school of hard knocks


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hearing babies cry
we build a thicker wall
cocooned in ignorance

wet butterfly,new butterfly,







I feel like I covered two political conversations with one short poem.

If you like haiku and want to learn more, then go to my What is Haiku? page. Also, stop by the Facebook page where most of us poets meet to get a prompt and share our work.

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,

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 


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,

The fox walked in his white coat.

powdery snow,flowers in the winter,
Even though it is still technically fall, it feels like winter. We had an early snow this year. I wrote this when it was still summer. It is a triolet, you are supposed to repeat lines. What do you think of poems that use the same line over and over?


  Winter Came Quickly
The fox walked in his white coat
We didn’t notice summer was gone
I switched to my fall tote
The fox walked in his white coat
With a scarf around his throat
I wasted the night and then it was dawn
The fox walked in his white coat
We didn’t notice summer was gone

  May 20, 2018

Mum Haiku by Basho

drinking morning tea
the monk is quiet
as is the mum flower


Sometimes simple haiku is nice.

yellow mum,red mum,over-sized mums,fall flowers,flowers in a barrel,

Then You will Understand


sleep on a journey
then you will understand my poem
Autumn winds


Yes. Travel, even local travel will reveal so much to you. PS this is a cellphone picture. The app has gotten better about letting me use pictures from my cell and then editing from the desktop.

With Nothing To Cling To


in the middle of a field
with nothing to cling to
a skylark sings

What a neat visual. The birds have to trust their wings. 

black birds,birds against morning sky,flock of birds,

Haiku in the Pond

does the turtle
appreciate his view
art museum pond


The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has a pond that surrounds most of the building, and when you look out of the glass, you can see turtles in the pond. During my recent visit, I wondered if the turtles ever spent any time looking in. They would get to look at some of the best art in America if they did. By the way, entry is free at this museum, and it is well worth the drive if you live anywhere close. (This is not a picture of that pond, but a picture that I had.)

green pond