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June 9, 2007

a saturday for poetry not punditry (apparently)

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 9:43 pm

ooh For the second day in a row, I have lost a posting while trying to publish it.  For a guy who believes deep inside that he should quit the weblog scene and try to have a life, this seems like a big sign that should not be ignored.  While I think about the fate of my weblog life(style), you can enjoy poetry from four of my favorite haijin:

big sky
the uncertain legs
of the foal

either side
of the privacy fence

all day rain
on the playing field
a stray dog

paint by number
the child’s river
escapes its bank

………………………. by Tom Painting wine
“either side” –  big sky: The Red Moon Anthology 2006
“big sky” – Acorn 16 & big sky: RMA 2006
“all day rain” from Baseball Haiku (2007)
“paint by number” – tug of the current: RMA 2004

news of his death
I hold tight
to the kite string

election day
the ginko lets go
of all its leaves

shifting clouds
I twist
my wedding ring
………………. by pamela miller ness
“election day” – Bottle Rockets #16
“news of his death” – Modern Haiku 37:3 & big sky: RMA 2006
“shifting clouds” – Raw NervZ VIII:1 & pegging the wind RMA 2002

spring dawn  gulls
the stiffness of a sparrow
on the road to town

loosening the tie that held
the cherry tight

an old resume
my son colours in
his rainbow

………. by matt morden
“spring dawn” & “teenagers” – Morden Haiku
“an old resume” – Snapshots #7 2000

mountain stillness —
the loon call
held by the lake

season’s end
another crop
of realtor signs

sweet grapes
the conversation passes
between friends

…………. by Hilary Tann
“season’s end”  from Upstate Dim Sum (2005/1)
“mountain stillness” –  The Heron’s Nest VIII:4 & big sky: RMA 2006
“sweet grapes” – The Heron’s Nest VIII:1

RealtorG p.s. I had planned to post today about two stories worth checking out. To keep myself from spending Sunday doing so, I will just point to them: (1) In the wake of the terrorist charges earlier this week, “Guyanese community in NYC fends off images of violence and terror,” (June 6, 2007).  A similar story appears in today’s Schenecady Daily Gazette, about the Guyanese community here, where we’ve had a Guyanese Strategy to attract people of Guyanese descent to our shrinking rustbelt city (prior post – scroll to update).   And, (2) Check out the NYT article from June 8, 2007, “One City’s Home Sellers Do Better on Their Own,” to learn about the comprehensive study of home sales in Madison, WI, from 1998 to 2004, which found that people “who sold their homes through real estate agents typically did not get a higher sale price than people who sold their homes themselves. When the agent’s commission is factored in, the for-sale-by-owner people came out ahead financially.”  (See this and that post at shlep about how realtors are trying to make sure you keep paying their standard commissions.)

busy little buggers
the flower-mad

in full battle make-up
she rollerblades

…………… by David G. Lanoue from Dewdrop World (2005)

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