From Waverley Writers

The following twelve haiku all appeared in Waverley Writers: Celebrating 25 Years, 1981–2005 (Palo Alto, California: Waverley Writers, 2007), edited by Sharon Olson and Palmer Pinney. Read also my short appreciation for Waverley Writers, perhaps the best poetry reading series I’ve ever been a part of.

first star—

a seashell held

to my baby’s ear

scattered petals . . .

the thud of my books

in the book drop +

scent of wisteria—

she finishes translating

the birth certificate

a few pines

tagged with ribbons . . .

winter stillness

meteor shower . . .

a gentle wave

wets our sandals +

Valentine’s Day—

she reminds me

to fasten my seatbelt + +

after the quake

the weathervane

pointing to earth

reading in bed

my pulse flickering

the lightly held bookmark

spring breeze—

the pull of her hand

as we near the pet store

home for Christmas:

my childhood desk drawer +


first snow . . .

the children’s hangers

clatter in the closet

dwindling fire—

our conversation shifts

to death