March 21, 2018

first day of spring
the end of the lake obscured 
by fast-falling snow

March 20, 2018

after the ducks
a penciled line of light 
sketched by their wake

March 19, 2018

running down
the hills of my childhood
long-gone long hair flying

March 18, 2018

their first dance, to Satchmo’s
What A Wonderful World
she takes off her shoes

(Inspired by my friend @BFFox, who participated in my #haikuversary by challenging me to write a haiku w/ the word "Satchmo" in it.)

March 17, 2018

watching the qala
until they, too, disappear —
from water to mind

(Inspired by a request from friend @Steph_Yin, who asked for a haiku including the word "gala," and helpfully shared this article.)

March 16, 2018

Wanna play?

Friends, my #haikuversary is coming up on Saturday, March 17th!

I hereby invite you to join me in celebrating the art of haiku.

Here are some ways that you might decide to join in the fun. (Put whatever you decide to share either here in the comments or over on Twitter, where I am @butwait.)

  • Poke around in the archives, find a favorite, and share it! Bonus points if you tell me why you like it. (But sometimes it's hard to say why, so no pressure.)
  • Find a photo that you think pairs well with one of my haiku, and either tell me about it or create a haiga (image + haiku, e.g. this one)!
  • Pick a date that is meaningful to you - just the date, not the year - and let me share a haiku I wrote on that date. Bonus points if you tell me why the date is significant to you.
  • Send me a word that you'd like to see me try to incorporate into a haiku (no promises!)
  • Tell me about a moment that seemed "haiku-worthy" to you, but that you haven't quite managed to capture in the way you were hoping to
  • Share a haiku of your own! (And don't focus too much on the whole 5-7-5 thing.)
  • Tell me about your haiku reading practice! Do you come here and read mine, or do you only read them on Twitter? Who else writes haiku that you enjoy?
  • Got any other ideas? Last year at least one friend wrote a haiku in response to one of mine, which was lovely and thrilling.
Thank you for considering putting some time and energy into making what is sure to be an already excellent day even sweeter!

March 15, 2018

we remember, now
that coming down is work too
leaving the mountain