Sammamish Haiku

The first nine of the following twenty poems appeared in the City of Sammamish Ten-Year Comprehensive Plan in 2015, with artwork by Anna Macrae (
click to enlarge the image shown here). Each poem is featured on a separate section divider, as shown here, and is repeated at the top of the following page. After the first nine poems are eleven additional poems about Sammamish, the city where I’ve lived since January of 2003. Sammamish is of Native American origin. According to the Sammamish Heritage Society, the name is “derived from samma, meaning ‘the sound of the blue crane,’ and mish, meaning ‘river.’” Sammamish is a great place to live, and CNN Money magazine agrees, numerous times ranking the city as one of the top-15 places to live in the United States, with Forbes magazine ranking Sammamish #1 in its 2012 list of the friendliest towns in the country. And Sammamish is the #1 city in the entire country with the highest percentage of households earning $100,000 or more. I’m glad to live here. Enjoy these poems!

“Your contributions added such a lovely touch, illustrating the beauty of the community that we serve. Thank you for all that you do for us.”
—Kathleen Huckabay, Sammamish Deputy Mayor




                ghosts
                of the Sammamish—
                morning lake mist


                                                                                                                bear sighting—
                                                                                                                an email alert
                                                                                                                makes my phone beep


                blown in the breeze,
                snips of ribbon
                for the new library


                                                                                                                a walk in the woods—
                                                                                                                my children dancing
                                                                                                                atop the big rock


                shadows lengthening
                over the skatepark—
                first leaves of autumn


                                                                                                                home in the pines—
                                                                                                                my neighbor waves
                                                                                                                across the fence


                lingering sun—
                the farmer’s market peppers
                redder and greener


                                                                                                                soap box derby—
                                                                                                                someone’s front wheel
                                                                                                                a little wobbly


                council meeting—
                beads of condensation
                on the glass water jug


                                                                                                                pine lake sunset—
                                                                                                                today was the day
                                                                                                                you asked for my hand


                all that’s left
                of the beaver dam—
                the lake named after it


                                                                                                                the Seattle skyline
                                                                                                                distant to the west—
                                                                                                                awaiting fireworks


                trail work party—
                the goats have eaten
                all the underbrush


                                                                                                                farmer’s market—
                                                                                                                just the kids
                                                                                                                listening to the musician


                snow day—
                my kids make angels
                in the neighborhood park


                                                                                                                block party—
                                                                                                                the kids’ lemonade
                                                                                                                is the best ever


                making all the traffic
                worthwhile—
                hometown fireworks


                                                                                                                road work—
                                                                                                                the commute to Microsoft
                                                                                                                longer today


                concert in the park—
                our kids come home
                with beach balls


                                                                                                                Halloween night—
                                                                                                                a boy says he’s dressed
                                                                                                                as the former mayor