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Thursday, January 31, 2008

haiku of the day

late winter rain
a hint of green
in the rose canes

w. f. owen

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

haiku of the day

bus stop
winter shadows
jumping up and down

w. f. owen

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

haiku of the day

first tree buds
my son bounces
a baseball

w. f. owen

Monday, January 28, 2008

haiku of the day

false spring
a boy throwing
phantom pitches


w. f. owen

Sunday, January 27, 2008

haiku of the day

winter thaw
old and young men
compare wars

w. f. owen

Saturday, January 26, 2008

haiku of the day

pruning rose bushes
the gardener basks
in winter sun

w. f. owen

Friday, January 25, 2008

moon haiku

The moon, traditionally, has stimulated many diverse haiku.
I find it particularly compelling as "moon" cuts across many
seasons and, therefore, conjures many moods and feelings.

day moon
dipping a toe
in the river

crescent moon
hair pulled across
his bald spot

winter moon
she tests the milk
on her wrist

pale moon
the pulsing
heart monitor

moonless night
footfalls silenced
by snow

w. f. owen

haiku of the day

bare trees
the next door neighbors
move out

w. f. owen

Thursday, January 24, 2008

haiku of the day

pet store
nose prints
both sides

w. f. owen

Monday, January 21, 2008

the form(s) of English-language haiku

Let me first say that the ideas here and in my books represent my opinion. It is my belief that haiku forms have a range of acceptability. It's pretty clear that, at least currently, haiku are not only the 5-7-5 syllable count in three lines (though some good ones are). Generally, a haiku represents the authors brief glimpse--one look, one moment, one sound captured in words. So, it is equivalent to one breath in length. It can be one, two or three lines. But the main thing, I believe, is that the poem takes readers into many possible meanings. Haiku get you thinking about nature and human nature. Here are some I wrote:

Father's Day
wearing his tie
again I don't measure up

another argument unfolds the futon

summer solstice
fireflies on both sides
of the jar

winter day the candle burned flat

Note how some of these give the context, which helps to understand the rest of the poems (Father's Day, winter day, summer solstice). The one-liners help enrich the words by accentuating "flatness."

So, please feel free to comment on these or, better yet, post your own poems.

haiku notebook description

This notebook is a bridge between technical manuals on how to write haiku poetry and collections of haiku. There are two hundred haiku and senryu poems from w. f. owen’s last several years of writing. As a professor of interpersonal communication and an award-winning haiku writer, the author presents commentaries, perceptions, brief stories and haibun that are intended to help authors new to this art compose their poems. Included are first-place poems from the Harold Henderson Haiku Contest (2004) and the Gerald Brady Senryu Contests (2002, 2003) sponsored by the Haiku Society of America. (ISBN: 978-1-4303-0557-6 Publisher: Lulu.com)

haiku notebook by w. f. owen