Wednesday, 28 February 2007

traffic jam -
the wind turbine in the middle
of the rising sun

embouteillage -
l'éolienne au centre
du soleil levant
frozen cockscomb and eye
stare from the plastic wrap
my coat too warm
Happy birds singing
songs to the bight sunshine
Audubon opera
change in the weather
a shiver
through the ivy
after spring snow
tulips poking through dead leaves

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

blue sky
clouds race a first bee
across the pane

hungry crowd -
Lenten fish fry feeds
more than expected

- Stephanie Roberts
the last pilgrim
through the torii...
spring sunset

Monday, 26 February 2007

daffodil shoots

photo by mmm


puddling snow
in the streetlight's circle
rising winds

Sunday, 25 February 2007

between snow flurry
and melted touchdown
the daffodils

spring cleaning


spring tide
surges to greet
my approach

lower and lower
the daffodils' heads
in the rain

Bird Clock

In Minnesota we only sense its coming. Robins help.
bird clock sounds at 20 till
yesterday's foot of new snow
robins sense a crocus

spring melancholy -
waiting for the raindrop
on the tip of a leaf

Saturday, 24 February 2007

in the fourth watch
doing flower arrangements
for centering

Friday, 23 February 2007

coming home

coming home to an expectant spring

words and picture by gerald england
Winter is doing it again
teasing me
I had such hopes of spring
morning concert
free birds
cloudy spring -
through my glasses,
another world...
All in a day...

great walk in the park
between fleece jacket morning
and thick coat afternoon

Thursday, 22 February 2007

through the window
the crescent moon
...a petal falling
a swallow
at the window -
she spills the milk

warm winter day
dialouges swirls in my head
writer's block thaws
magical motions -
remove two blankets
rains start

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Snow whirls
Forsythia stands by
spring train is fast coming
writer’s block —
sidewalk snowmelt
ankle deep
crows and sparrows
hopping on bare lawn spots
amid melting ice

Tuesday, 20 February 2007


dripping snow melt
the low sun warms
our backs


frozen snow melt
across the slanted sidewalk
these old knees

younger sister fine
tending to my own chaos
with a smile

Monday, 19 February 2007

City light off
spring in green pockets
noisy birds arouse
hint of spring-
squirrels chase each other
through pines

Sunday, 18 February 2007

Sound/Smell Ku

The tornado that hit New Orleans last week passed a few miles from my home at 3:30 a.m. I just felt the some effects of it.

hard raindrops
in my dream -
hailstorm wakes me

blowing wind
not the hurricane sound

With the Mardi Gras season in full swing, more people are in my neighborhood, because it's close to the start of the parade routes. People also invite family and friends to spend some time in the city.

smell of warmth -
barbecue grill
cooking hamburgers

jazzy song-
marching band

celebration at midnight
muscians' notes at
corner bar

police sirens-
make way for the
carnival floats

I want to see your haiku

Hi Everyone,

If you post in the COMPOSE mode, even though the print appears bold, when it's published, it will be white and not bold.

If you decide to change the default color, make sure you BOLD your words and test it out when you PUBLISH it.

I have a new computer at work, and sometimes I can't read what some people have written.

I recently added some colors for my Mardi Gras haiku. The yellow, green, and purple were not "true to life" but I adjusted them so that others could read it. It took a few attempts before I could read it.

glittering tags
along the highway -
days get longer

des tags rutilants
le long de la voie rapide -
les jours rallongent
To see is to belief
Eranthis on my balcony
five floors up
the snowdrops -
my new shoes
no bird song tires spinning on ice

Saturday, 17 February 2007

weekend plan
reward of escape reading
after chores are done
northern wind -
fine hail patters
on the shutter

vent du nord -
le grésil crépite
sur le volet

Thanks for your advices to improve my English or translation
this spring
no one to mend
the fence...
Waiting to Exhale

real bad news from home
tears watering new the new plants
keeping my chin up

Friday, 16 February 2007

spring morning
the daffodils
their golden throats
early spring
the blackbird sings
at twilight
Winter Aconite peeps
Blackbirds pecking
apples circle is broken
almost spring -
my son can open the door
by himself

unexpected thrill -
spotting our first

frosty morning
poinsetta on windowsill
leans toward sun

Thursday, 15 February 2007

so soon
the last pristine patch of snow
my terrace
nordic spring
above the rutted snow
yellow butterflies flicker

first snow, then ice,
then snow
walking on egg shells

* * * *

down the snow pile
into the street
skiing bag of trash

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Love Day

in supermarkets
expanded floral displays
for the romance challenged
its little mauve dress...
a crocus

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

the nurse takes blood
sun through the window
draws out the reddest tulips
snow haze the sun or a day moon
morning walk -
the meadow's restlessness
before the crocuses
cat's face
amongst spring flowers -
a dead mouse hanging

weekend in garden
crocus spearing through dead leaves
new leaves on rosebush

Looking Ahead

patchy white cover
retreats slowly in the north
lion sleeps with lamb

Monday, 12 February 2007

waste ground fence -
children clothes
in the february sun

clôture du terrain vague -
des vêtements d'enfants
au soleil de février

new plant catalouges
designing mobile garden
for my rented space
on the frosted ivy
a green beam
early spring -
the countless springs
before the river

Sunday, 11 February 2007

cold mountain wind
an old man's weathered face
in sunlight
spring cleaning -
after confession
the day... brighter
the crooked stack
of boxed clementines
a running child

[2-11-07 changed "askew" to "crooked," I feel the former brought a hitch to the pace and dropped out of the tone of the ku...]

Saturday, 10 February 2007

at the calculator
Tax Forms Arrive Moon*

[*non-traditional (:-D) name for February's Moon]
match day
vendors selling flags
multi-coloured crocuses
spring sunset -
the swans' feathers
change colours
spring harbinger
an old roommate
dances through my dream
Change of Season

selling the house -
telling the garden goodbye

before it wakes

When I returned to my non-flooded home in New Orleans on October 2005, the city had a 6 p.m. curfew for a couple of months. As soon as the sun sets, the Army and Coast Guard helicopters would start flying, searching for curfew breakers.

Now, during Carnival season, the helicopters are flying again. It's for crowd control and maybe, searching for terrorists.

helicopter sounds
not for curfew
so - a parade!

red engine sound
the Coast Guard

before the fun
helicopter circles the route
Many parts of New Orleans are still under renovation after Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Police force can't patrol all the city, so Gov. Blanco has assigned the Louisiana National Guard to assist in the patrols.

They are soldiers and drive sandy colored Humvees.

A neutral ground is the New Orleans word for any median.

When the Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803, the French and Spaniards resented the U.S. presence. The only places they could meet peacefully was on Canal Street, which had a large median and divided the original settlement from the American sector.

Neutral ground now applies to all medians in the city.

The St. Charles streetcar (or trolley) is not fully operational yet. Hurricane Katrina knocked down the electrical lines that power the streetcars.

The streetcars operated on one of the larger neutral grounds in the city.

Humvee parked
on neutral ground
no accident with streetcar

soldiers on dinner break
Humvee on neutral ground

Friday, 9 February 2007

culture day*
rain washes the soot
from the poet's grave

*February 8, Culture Day (also Prešeren Day) is a holiday in Slovenia
soft wind blowing
away all data
handwritten info on dropped business cards
green patches
on his old trousers -
a break in the cold
new at craft store
plastic cherry blossoms
drape from display urns

Thursday, 8 February 2007

snow and rain-
familiar faces wave
from a window
reaching for a vest -
cherry blossom
laden with snow

yesterday's snow
melting by first light
front lawn blushes greener

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

colors of spring
Mardi Gras Bracelet
Song for spring

first light
sun calls to crocus
soon to bloom

Tuesday, 6 February 2007

icicles and ice
...a chiming bell
Winter journey
over snowy roads
dreams of spring wander on

(with apologies to Basho)


Snow hides the sign of spring.
Pre-Spring Cleaning

after weekend chores
free time - meditating
and decluttering

Monday, 5 February 2007

frosty morning
swan buries its head
in the finest swansdown

the tease

tiptoes on treetops
lifting her skirt for a peek
spring comes to play

sudden sun
cracks my bones
into motion

Sunday, 4 February 2007

gettting in the spirit
wearing fancy
Mardi Gras bracelet
among used condoms
and crushed cans -

Friday, 2 February 2007

Sap is rising

groundhog day
first leaves on patio plants
kids skip with shadows

is it spring yet?

is it spring yet?
new shoots push on

gerald england
Ground Hog Day —
a head pops up
above my cubicle wall
looking forward
careful, not really believing
spring in its early stages
slippery furrows
await the seed
Mexican spring
a round yellow leaf
rolls along the beach
an early Spring start-
a latté invitation card
for a wedding arrives

Thursday, 1 February 2007

New shoots of garlic
breaking through the warming earth
thoughts of meals to come

butter melting
in a bowl of peas -
it's almost spring