Winter Wind

Exposed – November 17, 2013 – Portland, Oregon


Outside wind howling.
Chimes sound a cacophony.
My heart is heavy.

Iris Miracles

Native Irises – May 13, 2013 – Wilsonville, OR


Spring brings irises.
Each rising from the water.
Golden miracles.

Fish Watching

Swirls of Pollen – April 29, 2013 – Portland, OR


Heron still, watching.
Hoping to glimpse hiding fish.
Pollen swirls, ripples.

Frog Return

Frog Swimming – April 26, 2013 – Wilsonville, OR

With a plop
I turn to see
A frog surface,
Then glide.

All around the
Shallows there
Are great numbers
Of tiny fish
And tadpoles,
Rushing from my
Great shadow.

Other poets have
Described it better,
Yet still, that “plop”
Of a the frog surfacing,
Inspired poets anew
Each spring.

**Here’s Bashō’s haiku about ponds and frogs, as translated by Alan Watts:

The old pond,
A frog jumps in:

Sakura Clouds

Sakura Clouds – April 25, 2013 – Wilsonville, OR


Clouds of sakura.
Delicate petals drifting.
Softest, sweetest snow.

April Moon

Yesterday I forgot my personal laptop on my desk at my office. I’d had it with me while taking Mom to her labwork and forgot to drop it off at the house when I took Mom home. Yes, I could have borrowed one of CK’s laptops or I could have typed something up on my tablet, but instead I just wrote down a haiku inspired by the gorgeous April full moon.

Old School – April 25, 2013 – Portland, OR

Not sure why there aren’t moon-viewing gatherings in the spring, perhaps the weather is less likely to be lovely as it is in autumn. Our new deck is perfect for watching the moon rise and track across the sky. Clearly an autumn party will need to be planned for.

April Moon – April 25, 2013 – Portland, OR

The text of the haiku, if it is too hard to read the tiny picture of it:

Bunny hopping up.
Golden Spring moonrise above.
I gaze in delight.

Star Flowers

Star Blossoms – April 23, 2013 – Portland, OR


White blossoms like stars
Sing, “Come, let us welcome Spring!”
As I stroll past them.

Simple Pleasure

Simple Pleasure


Grateful for the sun
As it moved across my view.
Warming me gently.

Spring Surprises

Ruffled Tulips – April 20, 2013 – Portland, OR


Each day in our new home brings a lot of surprises. Finding out what color the camellias are (several: red, white, pink, variegated), waiting to see what colors the rhododendrons will be (white and red, so far), confirming azaleas (purple, white, and perhaps a gold one). Plus small surprises, including this single clump of ruffled tulips all alone.

Tulips unfurling.
Green edges turning to red.
Ruffled Spring surprises.

Hilo Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva – March 5, 2013 – Hilo, HI


Stone Bodhisattva.
I smile back as I walk by.
Offer a small bow.

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