Jumble Box Poem Selections

Jumble Box: Haiku and Senryu from National Haiku Writing Month, published in 2017 by Press Here and edited by Michael Dylan Welch, features 328 haiku and senryu by 100 poets, with artwork by Ron C. Moss. Order the book from Amazon. The following are twenty-eight selections from the book, one from each day of the month of February, which has been the official month for NaHaiWriMo every year since National Haiku Writing Month was first observed in 2011. See also Jumble Box Haiga Selections.” Also read the book’s introduction, “Opening the Jumble Box,” and afterword, “Next Steps with Haiku.” See also the Press Here page for this book. + +

February 1

jumble box

all my unfinished


Greg Longenecker

February 2

wind in the branches

weather forecast

with sign language

Viktoriya Marinova

February 3

winter moon

the A-bomb dome

casting a shadow

Johnny Baranski

February 4

potter’s wheel

the way the clay

shapes her hands

Terri L. French

February 5

ladies of the evening

waving as if they

knew me

Michael Henry Lee

February 6

hospital doors

the comings and goings

of a winter’s day

Robert Kingston

February 7

suggested edits

cut my enjoyment by half

—acceptance letter

Eric Lohman

February 8

old barn door

open just enough

for time to pass

Sandi Pray

February 9

cataract surgery—

the wrinkles

I never knew I had

Pamela Cooper

February 10

traffic jam—

the unchanging rhythm

of windshield wipers

Ida Freilinger

February 11

clean as a whistle—

and then I see

the whistle

Paul David Mena

February 12

nice, but what is it?

a viewer’s head tilts sideways

at the spring art fair

Linda Papanicolaou

February 13

scarlet begonias . . .

my mother is

still in the garden

Devin Harrison

February 14


the way a mother smiles

at her newborn

Barbara Kaufmann

February 15

old neighborhood—

the climbing tree

beyond my reach

Carole MacRury

February 16

sunbirds flit

in and out of sun beams

porch swing

Anitha Varma

February 17

hunger moon . . .

the old hippie

tunes his guitar

Robert T. Franson

February 18

a bumblebee drones

from flower to flower

slow news day

Alison Williams

February 19

walking among

cherry blossoms

the blind couple

John Hawk

February 20

quake anniversary

a lone spoonbill

stalks the mudflats

Barbara Strang

February 21

falling apart

the construction worker’s

packed lunch

Stella Pierides

February 22

leafing out . . .

baby’s first step

becomes his second

Michele L. Harvey

February 23

peacock feathers one selfie after another

Christine L. Villa

February 24

s NO w

Sara Winteridge

February 25

level crossing . . .

roadside daisies nodding

to the wind

Jayashree Maniyil

February 26

in the living room

dancing with our mother


Joseph Connolly

February 27

Buddha under snow—

for him too

seasons move on

Iocasta Huppen

February 28

shallow pond . . .

blue heron

in deep focus

Corine Timmer