Fateful Crossing Haiku

on a fence rail,
i saw a scorpion —
dead, but menacing


a dog nudges
its dead companion,
whimpering


after life,
no one contemplates the
Afterlife


grasping the sword
like nothing depends upon
everything


when you accept
that you, too, will be food,
death holds no sway

Haiku of Things that Flow

waterfall,
too high to flow, stretches,
hanging mists

 

crawling snake
in undulating glide
lazes through

 

taiji lady
does she drift slowly, or
slow the world?

 

gravity grabs
and slings a comet
soft hand unseen

 

glazed stone
water rolling over rock
sculpting pebbles

Haiku: Among Relics

amid ruins,
sitting on a worn stone,
knowing ancients

 

valley below
suggested but unseen
who hauled water?

 

dry stacked stones
placed with precision
by masters

 

jungle swallowed,
spreading like a fire, but
imperceptibly

 

tell me, Old Stone,
what secrets did you witness
post-chisel?

Still Winter Haiku

icy river
all the world stands still, or
pretends to



snow deadens
sounds and signs of life
a blank slate



the breeze dies
then the snow fall ceases
time freezing



deep footprints
tell of a man and a dog
hunting rabbit



an old church
the surrounding snow
is unmarred

Cold Moon Haiku

cold white circle
deformed in its reflection
upon black waters

 

howling lunatics
don’t make me fearful,
quiet ones do

 

glowing clouds
streaked thinly through the sky
moon’s canvas

 

silent evil
slid through night, watched over
by a cold moon

 

the moon is out
my bones have gone cold
i blame it not

Five Haiku Gone Awry

one-winged seed
drops, twirling to earth,
in slant descent

 

twisted petals
painted by textured brush
fall as one

 

porch-sitter views
a corn crib and red barn;
all slouch with age

 

trust all lambs
trust tigers to be tigers
trust man, not

 

if a sight
can quicken your pulse
it’s love… or death

Haiku on Music


 

listless drift
metronomic mast sweeps
the sea’s mute tune

 

snapping flags
halyard and hook ting the pole
spastic anthem

 

creek burble
amid the cedars
stream unseen

 

cave echoes
nothing that moves by sight
avoids bumped head

 

empty bars
rarely known in nature
end robustly

GREEN WINTER HAIKU

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a crow caws
standing on a stout post
black eye watching



a child wonders,
beyond this rainy valley,
is it white?



nothing scurries
but mushrooms sprout
wet forest floor



lonely bus stop
one man waits for a nearly
empty bus



streaks of blue
viewed through cloudy skies
a bird hops

COLD HAIKU

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bitter winds
slice down from the north
so bone cold


damp air sinks
hangs as a cloak of cold
a straitjacket


starry skies
viewed through tent flap crescent
arctic outhouse


cold awakens
each moment, a moment lived
satori by ice


brisk joy
the skater’s frisson
feels electric