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 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


record high—

this heat

even in my toothpaste

summer moonlight

the potter’s wheel


summer vacation—

our rhubarb stalks

tipped with sugar


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 +


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