A Few Haiku

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sidewalk race–
the boy slows to watch his sister
pull away

 

some sun–
his sister agrees to play
the wolf

 

flying home–
seeing the shadows
for what they are

 

I’ve had good luck with my haiku this year. I’ve managed to place a handful in a variety of wonderful journals. Notably, at least half were accepted by the second or third place I sent them. Still, some of my favorites have come back unaccepted time and time again. The three above fall into this category. Oh well. I hope you don’t mind my sharing them here with you.

I also want to mention that Kwame Alexander was on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on NPR yesterday with Heidi Powell, the manager of the children and teens’ department at my very own local book store, Politics and Prose. Their conversation about kids’ books and poetry and diversity in children’s literature was interesting and entertaining. It’s certainly worth a listen. Kwame and Heidi also posted summer reading lists.

I hope you are enjoying the summer and have a great 4th of July!

For more Poetry Friday, please visit Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe.

Haiku

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wishes floating
                        on a breath
land
on earth
                                      dandelion fluff

 

© Elizabeth Steinglass, 2014, all rights reserved

Spring Haiku

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spring sun
the fence blossoms
with coats

 

spring surprise
      it’s snowing
           soft pink petals

 

rock collecting
I pocket a smooth black egg
with stripes of magic

 

It’s National Haiku Day so of course I wanted to write and post a few haiku. Perhaps you’re wondering how the photo connects to the poems. Whenever I go for walks, I take pictures of anything that catches my eye. Later, if I’m not sure what to write about, I look at my photos for inspiration.

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Cherry Blossoms

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I lose my pen
among the petals…
cherry blossoms

 

How foolish it is to try to write a haiku about cherry blossoms, but how can one resist?

© Elizabeth Steinglass, 2014, all rights reserved