Haiku Journey Poems

The following poems appear in the Haiku Journey computer game, published in 2006 by Hot Lava (now MumboJumbo). I served as haiku editor for this game, which has a database of 540 poems. Each of 45 poets is represented by twelve haiku, three for each season. I also wrote information about haiku that you can read as you progress through the levels—including my definition of haiku. Also included here is a short video by Steve Hodge that includes all of these poems, plus two extras. 


Spring

spring breeze—
the oars fed
into the oarlocks


empty silo—
     spring wind pops the metal
          in and out


scattered petals . . .
the thud of my books
in the book drop

Summer

record high—
this heat
even in my toothpaste


summer moonlight
     the potter’s wheel
          slows


summer vacation—
our rhubarb stalks
tipped with sugar

Autumn

first cold night—
the click of your domino
as we play by the fire                                                                                                               +


first star—
a seashell held
to my baby’s ear


meteor shower . . .
a gentle wave
wets our sandals

Winter

home for Christmas:
my childhood desk drawer
empty
                                                                                                                                          +  +  +  +


Valentine’s Day—
she reminds me
to fasten my seatbelt
                                                                                                             +


first snow . . .
the children’s hangers
clatter in the closet