From 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