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Monday, August 31, 2009

summer visit
an old friend discusses
his speed dating

dead-heading roses
a yellow blossom
for my hair

a background
of blues -
clouds improvising
summer fades to fall
pulling up the blanket
to ward off night's chill
summer's end
a racehorse runs behind its shadow
arum maculatum
in his orange breeches
red dogwood stems

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Leaves in the pool
drifting colours
time to pull the plug

pulling up the sheet-
didn't know you had gone til
my calves lost their heat

summer left
without saying goodbye-
waking up
in the cool morning,
my arms holding a pillow
end comes
sweet summer time
autumn draws twilight
goldenrod flutters
its lacy fingers waving
goodbye to summer
a rough sea
breaks on the beach,
a thousand
knots unravelling
in my weary head
between grey depths
of sea and sky
a white sail rides the wind
all night listening
under a canvas skin
to the tail of a hurricane
snail trails
over the bird table -
a fat thrush watches

Saturday, August 29, 2009

high grass -
an ant in the jungle
of my leg hairs


herbes hautes -
une fourmi dans la jungle
des poils de ma jambe
nearing my birthday
I meet my uncle 'brother'
for just the first time
blowing in -
dandelion clock's last day
Victoria plums
succulent from weeks of rain
A61 lay-by

Friday, August 28, 2009

crickets sing old songs
fill cool late summer breezes
marigolds bright blooms

strolling through summer

along city streets the joys of strolling through summer
twist of willow leaf
the thin limb --
homeless woman's stare
cobwebs shimmer;
Fuchsia's pink ballerinas
fall to the ground

Thursday, August 27, 2009

tiny spider
spins its yarns
I walk by --
tranquility interrupted
supermarket run
Halloween candy displays
next to summer sale aisle
from the front door
bird hops besides me
to the car
frog plopping
into the pond
disturbing the stars

summer over

summer over
at the end of the bridge
no looking back

photo: emily lin
mandy smith

First published on Summer Haiku 2007
the garden
full of thistledown
sunlight through
yellowed raspberry leaves;
swifts on telephone lines

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

small hours–
a light summer breeze tilts
the crow's call

6am  and very quiet except for one bird calling, and a crow's almost tentative response.

Photo Haiga

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our tale begins
photo and the haiku
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August evening -
a cool beer by looking for
the Great Bear


soirée d'août -
une bière fraîche en cherchant
la Grande Ourse

in the war zone
a new song rising
in my spirit
horse chestnut leaves
with strange brown blotches

the sound of nails

on fencewood - a squirrel pours

into the garden

Bindweed trumpets
buddleia's faded mauves
summer fades
cool rain patters
on an up-turned bucket --
yellow daisies weep

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

morning break
touch of coolness in the air
filled with birdsong
dying leaf
waiting to fall--
summer's end
across the river
a dance-band:
couples fishtail and glide

Monday, August 24, 2009

fresh blackberries
glistening with morning dew
pots of hot jam
afternoon commute
fruit vendor hawking his wares
flies surround the cut melon
on the cusp

between seasons;

neither here . . . nor there
early morning heat
leans upon my back --

worms rise up from
earthy beds

august heat simmers
sleepy sun sets
yellow orange skies
on the breeze
three cabbage whites

Sunday, August 23, 2009

reading Hiroaki Sato's
erotic haiku anthology
summer heat

Hiroaki Sato’s ”Erotic Haiku” ISBN 4-89684-020-8
Stonebridge Press:
Christening morning -
the clematis
sprinkles me with drops

On the south patio
sitting with a cold beer
listen to the towns’ rock festival
summer fire
crocosmia's crests
still stand proud

Saturday, August 22, 2009

children playings
in a nearby garden
- august twilight


jeux d'enfants
dans un jardin voisin
- crépuscule d'août

I’m trying; God knows I’m trying.


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like tinnitus
in sunny afternoon garden

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kuin tinnitus
puutarhan iltapäivässä
open window
brave postman
snarling dog

Friday, August 21, 2009

five green leaves
fall in tumbling sunlight
toward summer's end

back-lit leaf

the tree frog’s foot shadow darkens

algae bloom
the green frog jumps
into my green pond

bouts of flash rainfall–
too humid for a raincoat
I eat some pretzels

wheat and gluten free pretzels (and more):

a hawthorn -
like little red apples
in the rain
hammering a tree trunk
a woodpecker
takes over the valley
swirling wind
the blossoms
haiga - nightshade
fresh morning scent
overnight rain
cat prints on counters

Thursday, August 20, 2009

after the rain
sprouted grass in the lawn
cats' tails flicking

ozone alert -
my evening footing
with small strides


alerte à l'ozone -
mon footing du soir
à petites foulées

perfect wedding -
the wonky bow
on her home-made dress

Karen Hoy
Blithe Spirit Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002)
roadworks at dawn
walking home
in my evening dress

Karen Hoy
Blithe Spirit Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002)
nettle sting
the breeze can't console
my burning leg
riverside trees
toppled -
fish through the branches
brisk wind
plums fall from trees
spattered lawns

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

evening commute
wipers keep time with the radio
children skip in the rain
thrum of grooved pavement
a tuneless syncopation --
highway lullaby
dark river -
from a bird
a heart-breaking song

(for Billie Holiday)
library cafe --
we swap lost key stories
as my coffee cools

• Presence haiku magazine #32 (2007) ISSN 1366-5367
• Tinywords.com 27th July 2007
• St Ambrose University, Iowa, U.S.A. O’Keefe Library at SAU April 2007 The O’Keefe Brief


night rainforest
somewhere a treefrog
to a pocket pen

n.b. Mission Beach, Queensland (night rainforest walk)
Summer in Australia is different months. ;-)
not knowing what to do
with his belly button fluff -
I put it back

British Haiku Society Members Anthology 2002
Hub Haiku Series ISBN 1-903746-26-4

in the cool of the ladies
four identical faces -
twins check their make-up

Karen Hoy
Blithe Spirit Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002)

n.b. 'cool' is a kigo for Summer
a new month -
different seeds
on the spaniel's ears

Karen Hoy
The Haiku Calendar 2003
Snapshot Press ISBN 1-903543-05-3
in the hedgerow
nightshade jewels

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

dog day afternoon
petal droops from rosebush
folks cross the street slowly
a wasp's nest - screams
from the slowest runner

the scent of mimosa
catches one
after the fact -- a bit like love
farmers' market
a watermelon rolls off
the cycle cart

Siena rooftops
sketching the shapes
in my mind

Karen Hoy
pub. Yomiuri Shimbun 2004
(Japanese newspaper, circulation 10 million readers)
Go-Shichi-Go Haiku in English / Using poetic color in haiku
long dry season –
the last flower
a baboon snack

Karen Hoy
Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar

n.b. the long dry season runs through June to September into October.
Tanzania weather and season patterns: Expert Africa weblink

crowded carriage
the breeze around
a lone ragwort

Karen Hoy
The Haiku Calendar 2003
Snapshot Press ISBN 1-903543-05-3

n.b. the ragwort season arrives in the early part of the Summer

of the dead mouse
warm green grass
in the cemetery
calls to me
morning air
waiting for rain

Monday, August 17, 2009

of bumping umbrellas -
stream of bright flotsam
veins of rust
trickle down granite face --
sweet peas press for intimacy
dog day afternoon
first hand knowledge for concept
of melting
Lavender spikes
bending under stress -
bumble bees

Sunday, August 16, 2009

without wings--
two flying ants
two juggernauts
winner’s circle
golf proYang lifts the blue sky

*PGA Golf Champianship
grabbing and strangling
the curb -
tree root
night rain -
ink-blot patterns
on pavements

Saturday, August 15, 2009

the path crack

spilling ants - mopped up

by a waiting wren

grey sky

a white butterfly

dodges raindrops

stiff breeze
cools night air --
curtains billow

Friday, August 14, 2009

night squalls
in the foliage of oaks
- nude at the window


rafales de nuit
dans le feuillage des chênes
- nu à la fenêtre


neon green grasshoppers
bump weary raspberry stalks
summer picks up speed

seeded from next-door
a poppy blooms
under leaden skies

Thursday, August 13, 2009

on the todo list
making pickles
from freshly picked cukes
the sweat on my brow -
a brisk wall after
it rained
abruptly start the fight
after a walk
on slippery hallway
hand in hand
pale moon rides
the rim of trees
pearled edge of lunacy --

* * *

a note of contempt
thrusts forward
conversation dies --
a termite
climbing up the tomb--
my father's grave
sour-fleshed apples -
slugs and wasps
make homes

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

sticky night-
explaining to the kitties
we can't cuddle tonight
afternoon rain,
a picnic spoiled --

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

warm morning
cats stretch twice as long
before rousing
one black ant scurries
across a cream white
constellation --

queen anne's lace
enormous yew
white clover in the grass
fades to a ghost
old man's beard
flowers in chain-link

Monday, August 10, 2009

summer drizzle--
a flock flutter through
the rainbow
blue cracks the sky
birdsong filling the air
when the front door opens

August Berries

bright beads
ripen on the
Rowan Tree

August Berries by David
sunny afteronon
no rent for hike this year
lightness in my step

dart across the water
a bluer blue
butterflies in a line -
a conga
through the garden


Lost in mirror
models in lingerie:
summer rain

across the rose petal
yellow beads roll
...cascade transparently

The End of Summer

summer's end
approaching with the speed
of longing

This blog will close on 31st August 2009. Autumn Haiku will open on 1st September. All participants of this blog will be invited to join Autumn by Beatrice, who is also looking for someone to help out with running it. Please contact me or her if you're interested.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

on the beach
she feels overdressed
and changes her bikini
to a thong
I remember
the New Bridge,
old stone arches,
green hillside beyond.
Turning away
from the Sun
Sunflower field
protect the future

surprise family visit
the late afternoon gleam
on homemade chocolate
morning sunshine --
an old man cane-taps
through silent streets

Saturday, August 8, 2009

tree swallows shifting through the wing beat's sound


evening pétanque -
the little girl
counts stars


soirée pétanque -
la fillette
compte les étoiles

in the garden
apples blushing
empty greenhouse --
the last bedding

Friday, August 7, 2009

4 am

deserted street
a single cry
carried on the chill breeze
clutch of crows
rest in the iris blue shadows
of twilight --
mad dog heat
buckets of rain
batter tomatoes --

Thursday, August 6, 2009

warm rainy morning
finally getting to sleep
as the alarm sounds
washed and wrung dry

hung on the washing line -discoloured

--sunset, after the rain

Red deer hidden
in the brown crust
of dry grasses

Photo Patrolling Red Stag by bbodien
honeysuckle and nightshade
clamber over archways
bright red berries

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

midday break
enjoying the sun's warmth
and bubbling brook's spray
morning commute
the smell of fresh cut lawns
fills the car
trailing from clouds above
to dark yews

enough time away
to find that sense of humor
winking in the sand

sad pergola
after the rain
battered lavender

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

lazy evening
single fly circles
neighbors' trash can
summer storm -
the sweet smell between
my rabbit's ears.

in the birdbath

a dash of lime -


lemon leaf fall

more on the windowsill

than the plant

light breeze
towels on the line
summer rain

Monday, August 3, 2009

shriek overhead -

5 am

across the deer park
patches of mist –
the ghosts of dawn
pink stench
of Himalyan Balsam -
rumpled roots
cradle a drift of petals

the wind shifts
geese carve the sky --
weekend drive
blue sky laced with clouds
brings me to tears
the combine
thunders through the barley
a toy lion watches
another sunday
of one hundred degree heat
far away...

otro domingo
con calor de cien grados
...truenos lejanos

Sunday, August 2, 2009

around a Lammas fire

end of summer
more cucumbers
than neighbors
buddleia -
a cloak of royal purple
turns brown

Saturday, August 1, 2009

on the lawn
around three candles they talked
late into the night


clear summer day
I make plans
without you--
do you miss them, these days
we never spent together?

wilting herbs

the glint of a knife leaves
a little mizzle

mizzle: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mizzle
cherry and willow
compete for height -
convolvulus cares not