Per Diem Haiku

In May of 2012 I served as editor for the Haiku Foundation’s monthly “Per Diem” daily haiku feature, which presents a different haiku on the foundation’s website every day. My theme for the month was haiku exploring nature themes and voices of the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon). Here are the thirty-one haiku I featured, which you can also read on the Haiku Foundation site, and they are also slated to appear on the foundation’s iPhone haikuapp.


foghorns . . .
we lower a kayak
into the sound

        Christopher Herold
        Port Townsend, Washington


                                                                                                                riveredge old growth:
                                                                                                                a towering window
                                                                                                                of stars

                                                                                                                        Ruth M. Yarrow
                                                                                                                        Seattle, Washington


summer’s end
again the river
red with salmon

        Nika
        Victoria, British Columbia


                                                                                                                fog inside and out Seattle ferry

                                                                                                                        Marian Olson
                                                                                                                        Santa Fe, New Mexico


sudden sun
snow peaks brighten
for the long drive home

        Margaret D. McGee
        Port Townsend, Washington


                                                                                                                the first chip
                                                                                                                in our windshield
                                                                                                                northern star

                                                                                                                        Susan Constable
                                                                                                                        Nanoose Bay, British Columbia


fogged in—
sea mist fills
the foxglove bells

        Michael Feinstein
        Vashon, Washington


                                                                                                                misty spring light—
                                                                                                                every bare branch glows
                                                                                                                moss green

                                                                                                                        John Garrett
                                                                                                                        Saanichton, British Columbia


releasing him . . .
the bull trout’s back
scarred by talons

        Harriot West
        Eugene, Oregon


                                                                                                                space needle
                                                                                                                the news helicopter’s
                                                                                                                sun flash

                                                                                                                        Carmen Sterba
                                                                                                                        University Place, Washington


windfall apple
                         I relish
the wormless side

        Billie Dee
        San Diego, California


                                                                                                                Juneau icefield
                                                                                                                cocky tourist looking for
                                                                                                                skate rentals

                                                                                                                        Patricia M. Benedict
                                                                                                                        Calgary, Alberta


slate gray glacial water
the guide
talks of blueberries

        Richard Tice
        Kent, Washington


                                                                                                                salmon run—
                                                                                                                the bridge clogged
                                                                                                                with people

                                                                                                                        Tanya McDonald
                                                                                                                        Woodinville, Washington


Mount St. Helens
how humble and delicate
the footpath lily

        Pavel Soukenik
        Bellevue, Washington


                                                                                                                moss hangs down
                                                                                                                         dripping with rain
                                                                                                                my mother’s voice

                                                                                                                        Kerry S. Campbell
                                                                                                                        Kirkland, Washington


patchy fog in the bay
when it lifts, will the islands
still be there?

        Naomi Beth Wakan
        Gabriola, British Columbia


                                                                                                                Village island
                                                                                                                a row of totems
                                                                                                                buried in moss

                                                                                                                        Nika
                                                                                                                        Victoria, British Columbia


minus tide
my hairline
receding

        Michael Feinstein
        Vashon, Washington


                                                                                                                a pod of orcas
                                                                                                                how blue the sky
                                                                                                                they touch with light

                                                                                                                        Angela Terry
                                                                                                                        Lake Forest Park, Washington


one deep breath
for a moment the pine
is part of me

        Harriot West
        Eugene, Oregon


                                                                                                                that whale I could have touched
                                                                                                                surfaces again
                                                                                                                in my mind

                                                                                                                        Billie Wilson
                                                                                                                        Juneau, Alaska


Rainier behind clouds
I take a picture
where it might be

        Munira Judith Avinger
        Seattle, Washington and Lac Brome, Québec


                                                                                                                sound
                                                                                                                of the first float plane
                                                                                                                dividing the rain

                                                                                                                        Angelika Kolompar
                                                                                                                        Nanaimo, British Columbia


leaving—
ponderosas comb a low tone
from the wind

        Ruth M. Yarrow
        Seattle, Washington


                                                                                                                end of summer
                                                                                                                the soft touchdown
                                                                                                                of a seaplane

                                                                                                                        Carmen Sterba
                                                                                                                        University Place, Washington


wind in the cedars . . .
sometimes I shudder
with happiness

        Billie Dee
        San Diego, California


                                                                                                                top of the Space Needle
                                                                                                                how it feels
                                                                                                                to spot a whale

                                                                                                                        Tanya McDonald
                                                                                                                        Woodinville, Washington


the trail narrows—
every shadow
a possible bear

        Billie Wilson
        Juneau, Alaska


                                                                                                                a leaf underfoot
                                                                                                                gathers rainwater enough
                                                                                                                to show open sky

                                                                                                                        Jill B. Andrews
                                                                                                                        Vashon Island, Washington


morning fog . . .
climbing the shell
of an old lighthouse

        Richard Tice
        Kent, Washington