Watching for a haiku moment is a real joy. Japanese haiku, which I like to emulate, includes two images in juxtaposition often with a reference to the seasons or nature. Each poem needs to leave the reader with a “moment of ah.”
The following sequence is from my chap book Early Freeze, 2010, Finishing Line Press.
on my knees
planting sunflower seeds—
earth worm awakens
whippoorwill’s call floats
through the window
red leaves fall
black birds chatter
in the corn field
clearing to-do piles
from my desk
––Polly Swafford writes haiku, creative non-fiction and memoir. Her chapbook, Early Freeze, is available at Amazon.com and at Rainy Day Books.
Her award-winning works have been published in Acorn, Bogg, Frogpond, Horse & Rider, Kansas City Voices, Mennonite Magazine, Mid-America Poetry Review, Modern Haiku, Ozark Mountaineer, The Best Times, The Kansas City Star, The Same, Thorny Locust, and the anthologies Water and Rock, Loose Change and A Travel-Worn Satchel.
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