Haiku Lessons

First published in Bacopa Literary Review 2019, pages 132–133. The same issue also includes the sequences “Still I Go” and “Shēngxiào.” Originally written in April of 2013, on the road between Mt. Vernon and Everett, Washington. See also “Three Haiku Sequences,” with my commentary on this sequence that also appeared as a guest posting on 15 January 2020 on the Bacopa Literary Review Editors’ Blog.

rainy season—

an adjective noun

prepositions the noun

midday heat—

I verb the noun

to verb my noun

empty café—

another noun

verbing the noun

the noun on our nouns

gerunding when we verb—

winter solstice

yard sale—

noun enough now

to verb my noun


the noun of nouns

under the noun

winter night—

fragment with verb

participles a noun

morning haze—

the adverb verbs

all of my nouns

summer rain—

I verb my intellectualization

over nouns

army fatigues . . .

she verbs me my noun

under the metaphor

noun after noun after noun—

church bells

verb article noun



surreal noun

nature image—

my thought about it

keeps on verbing