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February 28, 2009

just getting to know you

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,q.s. quickies,viewpoint — David Giacalone @ 11:16 pm

We wouldn’t be the f/k/a Gang, if we weren’t frantically scampering to meet a self-imposed deadline on a Saturday night.  It’s a good thing we can re-use the same words written the first time we closed down this weblog, in October 2003, with only minor changes:

Doing ethicalEsq f/k/a has been a very rewarding experience, whether the correspondents agreed with me or not.  Until I started a web journal, [my f/k/a Gang of alter egos] thought the internet might be used to sustain established friendships and relationships (mostly with email), but couldn’t possibly create new ones of any significant value.  Well, I was wrong.

Comments and e-correspondence sparked by this website have put me in touch with some very good [talented and interesting] human beings, who can scarcely be blamed for being lawyers [or haiku poets].   Although they’re a lot busier than I am, I hope to continue to connect with them across cyberspace.

At the end of this posting, I’ve listed (alphabetically fairly randomly) a number of the web-log related folks who have become more than just pixelated names to me, due to the quality and/or quantity of their communications, insights, inspiration, or assistance.

sweet grapes
the conversation passes
between friends

… by Hilary Tann – The Heron’s Nest VIII:1

Far more often than I could have imagined 6 years ago, this weblog has sparked real conversations — the kind that nurture real friendships.   Before I list the names of people across the blogisphere who have been the most generous to me and this weblog, I want to share some haiku and senryu about conversations. 

The poems are written by poets who I only knew as highly-respected members of the haijin community when I approached them a few years ago (to ask if I could use their poems at f/k/a).  But, each has become a good friend, who will surely remain at the center of my emotional/social life for decades to come.

April shower —
making small talk
under the awning

video chat —
touching the gap
in her baby teeth

…. by Yu Chang
“April shower” – Upstate Dim Sum (2004/II)
“video chat” – Shiki Haikusphere 10th Anniversary Anthology (2007)

talking divorce
he pours his coffee
then mine

talking in bed
I forget his name…
second husband

talk of war
the spin cycle’s
steady hum

my son speaks a secret
i always knew

……………………….. by Roberta Beary
“talking divorce” – The Unworn Necklace (2007)
“talking in bed” – Shamrock Haiku Journal (Issue 5, 2008)

Father’s Day
she tells me
I’m not the father

in the pollen
on my car
her signature

on the beach
the tracks of two
lounge chairs

dining alone
I rehearse
a conversation

… by John Stevenson
“Christmas Day” – Some of the Silence (Red Moon Press,1999)
“in the pollen” & “on the beach” & “dining alone” – Quiet Enough (Red Moon Press, 2004)

after the argument
the antique marionette

dim sum
we share
fish stories

morning rain
i apologize for something
i said in my sleep

small talk
at the end of a long day

… by Ed Markowski
“after the argument” – mayfly spring 02

her words sting –
the mosquitos take me
just as I am

it’s pink! it’s purple!
sunset inspires
more bickering

she lures me to the kitchen
peeled tangerine

…. by David Giacalone
“her words sting” – Frogpond, XXIX: 3 Fall 2006
“it’s pink!” – – Frogpond Vol. XXVIII, #2 (2005); haiga photo: A.J. Giacalone
“silently” – Walking the Same Path (HSA, 2004 Members’ Anthology

With our midnight deadline looming (and a real farewell post still “in the typewriter”), I want to quickly list the people who have made more than a passing impression on me, through their interactions around this weblog — from lots of “link love” and inspriation at their own blawgs, to thoughtful comments or consistent silent cyber-visits, to direct email communications, occasional phone calls, and even lunch dates in the “real” world.  Sincere thanks and best wishes to each of you.

In the “blawgisphere: Anne Reed at Deliberations; Anne Skove at Court-o-rama; Laura Orr at Oregon Legal Research; Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice;  Carolyn Elefant at My Shingle; Bob Ambrogi at Legal Blog Watch; the infamous and incomparable “Ed Post” at Blawg Review; Diane Levin at Mediation Channel; Walter Olson at; Elie Mystal at Above the Law;  Stephanie West Allen at IdeaLawg;  Gideon at A Public Defender; Eric Turkewitz at New York P/I Lawyer; Dan Hull at What About Clients; Alan Childress at the Legal Profession Blog; Marco Randazza at The Legal Satyricon

On the haiku side of the cyberspace: Matt Morden at Morden Haiku; Don Wentworth of Issa’s Tidy Hut; Curtis Dunlap at Tobacco Road Poet;

plus haijin frequent visitors: George Swede; Charlie Trumball; Ed Markowski; Roberta Beary; Collin Barber; John Stevenson; Carolyn Hall; Laryalee Fraser; & Yu Chang

Shout-outs to: Don Hutcheson at The Complete Lawyer; Tim Kevan at Barrister Blog, the bi-bloggy George M. Wallace; Greg Beck at Consumer Law & Policy Blog; Jo-Ann Schrom at; Rev. David Hess; James R. Elkins of the Legal Studies Forum; Bob Eckstein of Today’s Snowman


  1. David:

    Lovely, John Stevenson’s “in the pollen / on my car” … – your “her words sting” rings very true …

    Nice touch to finish up with a conversation theme … I’ve added a permanent link on Issa’s sidebar to the archives.


    Comment by Don Wentworth — March 1, 2009 @ 7:54 am

  2. What an honor to appear in this lovely post. All the best, David.

    Comment by Anne Reed — March 2, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  3. Truly, Anne, the pleasure is mine. See you in cyberspace (and maybe Cleveland someday).

    Comment by david giacalone — March 2, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

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