Faces and Places

First published in Faces and Places: Huntington Library/Gardens (Burbank, California: The Little Buddha Press, 2019), with photographs and haiku by Don Baird, plus additional haiku by Stephen Bailey, Richard Gilbert, Deborah P Kolodji, Kala Ramesh, Michael Rehling, and Michael Dylan Welch. Each poem appears in the book paired with a photograph. See also my introduction to the book, “New Eyes.”


children stopping
on the garden footbridge—
blossom haze


                                                                young leaves—
                                                                news today
                                                                of the refugees


a padlock
rusted shut—
turning turning


                                                                end of chemo . . .
                                                                my younger sister
                                                                donates her wig


gutter ripples—
a short line
for the ice cream truck


                                                                forest shade—
                                                                the sermon still
                                                                in my ears


noon sun—
the surgeon’s words
still ringing


                                                                distant train—
                                                                he flicks again
                                                                with his gold lighter


the parking meter
flashes red—
a hint of snow


                                                                the battery dies
                                                                in my mobile phone . . .
                                                                chrysanthemum breeze