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December 11, 2003

dagosan’s haiku scrapbook

Filed under: — David Giacalone @ 12:21 pm

- below are haiku written by “dagosan”, this weblog’s Editor, David A. Giacalone. most have been on the Home Page, some are outtakes and rewrites. each is a work in progress. i hope they show improvement over time and encourage others to try writing haiku -





 




Columbus Day trip


red and yellow crayons

turn into stubs

                           

                                          [Oct. 12, 2004]

 


 

 

 

place cards –


the bachelor dines with aunts,

not bride’s maids

                           

                                           [Oct. 11, 2004]









after corn on the cob

the photo album

- bittersweet


                           [Oct. 8, 2004]

 

 

 


 

waking too late

to see the dawn

- he pencils-in sunset


                                   [Oct. 7, 2004]

 

 

 

 

cute waitress –

no protest

when we say we’re old

           

                                        [Oct. 6, 2004] 

 

 

October sun

warms the bed

where’s that winter robe?

                                     [Oct. 5, 2004]

 

 

 


 

 

waking to Pledge Week –

beggars and bullies 

on the radio

                                [Oct. 4, 2004]

 

 

 

no nap

no stroll

the writer grinding teeth

 


                                                [Oct. 3, 2004]

 



blinds open

to the midday sun –

summer’s gone                   


                     [Oct. 1, 2004]


 

 

thanks a lot,

clouds -

no moonshadow tonight


                                                  [Sept. 29, 2004]




 

 

just before

the pale orange moon

a bright orange sky

                                [Sept. 28, 2004]

 

 

rave reviews

for the lighting crew -

harvest moon

                              [Sept. 27, 2004]


 

 

 

bathroom

exhaust fan

exhausted

                       [Sept. 27, 2004]







 

A.M.


scat, sun

clouds, too!

harvest moon comes tonight 

 

P.M.


harvest moon

over Wal-Mart –

schlepping groceries    

                                                          [Spet. 26, 2004]

 

 


no coffee brewing

no scent of love

to wake the hermit


 

                                                  [Sept. 25, 2004]


parents’ new home:

old bladders

one bathroom

                                 [Sept. 24, 2004]

 

 

 

siblings’ kids –

comparing their laughs,

our bald spots                   




[Sept. 25, 2004]








 

visiting mom and dad

faces and refrains

gettin’ old

           

                                        [Sept. 22 & 26,, 2004] 






 

last day of summer -

the old cat naps

in the sunny window         

                                        [Sept. 21, 2004] 

 


 

 

equinox stroll:

cold fingers

and sunglasses

                                             [Sept. 21, 2004]

 

 

 

caught hiding the stash -

colombian

caffeine 

                                           [Sept. 19, 2004]

 

  . . . . . 

 

street closed

for the Saturday Faire

the only sound is rain


 

                                           [Sept. 18, 2004]

 



unsummer day:

crisp morning

long, hot shower

                                          [Sept. 17, 2004]

 



ceo and counsel

deposit their checks –

pensioner gets none      

  

                                                 [Sept. 16, 2004, for bjg] 








 

 

October peonies -
still perfect
from the curb  
                




[Sept. 15, 2004]

 



supine at noon

sunshine spotlights

one big toe


[Sept. 14, 2004]

 


a breeze! 

a draft!

the window fan stirs debate     

  

                                                 [Sept. 13, 2004] 

 


september 12

sunshine

and hurricanes

                                      

                                      [Sept. 12, 2004]

missing legs:

the double amputee

winces 


[Sept. 11, 2004]

 

 

 

hearing her pleas

recalling

her lies

 

            [Sept. 10, 2004]  

 

 

 


 

laundry day

more steps

than last week


                            

             [Sept. 9, 2004]




 



not a dream

the mirror reflects

yesterday’s bad haircut

         

                                          [Sept. 8, 2004]

              

 


 

first day of school

bus stop horseplay 

wakes the empty-nester

               

             [Sept. 7, 2004]

 

 



no hot water -

no fog

on the mirror

          

                                        [Sept. 5, 2004] 

 

 


 

filing nails

folding briefs

the retired lawyer           

                                        [Sept. 4, 2004] 









 

 


hand-in-hand

until

the mosquito mugging

                                  [Sept. 3, 2004]







 

Labor Day

the parade starts and ends

at the mall

 

                         [Sept. 2, 2004]

 

 

 


Republicans

and syllables –

fewer is better

                      [Sept. 2, 2004, for Madeleine Kane]

 

ancient snapshot

their last smiles

for the camera

 

                         [Sept. 1, 2004]

 

 

 


“MRI negative” –

the same

jolt of pain                        



[Aug. 30, 2004]

 






extra-long shower –

haiku moments

down the drain

                              [Aug. 29, 2004]

 

 

 


soap-stung eyes —

an eight-year-old’s face

flashes in the mirror

           

                                        [Aug. 28, 2004] 

 

cement truck?

washing machine?

inside the MRI

 

 

 

orange, yellow, pink

what would you name this rose?

Day Breaker                         



[Aug. 24, 2004]

 





 

just below

the “riverview apartment” –

ten ripe garbage cans

           

                                        [Aug. 27, 2004] 

 

 

 


the groom’s family

poses

at the bride’s family plot

 

                             [Aug. 26, 2004]

 

 



honking at my window –

geese above

cabbie below

                        [Sept. 19, 2004]

 

 

 



honking at my window –

frowns for the cabbie

smiles for the geese
                                                       [08-23-04]

 

 

 


sleepless night

she won’t stop

leaving me alone            

                                        [Aug. 21, 2004] 

 

clock tower with crescent moon

–  only the moon

follows us home                           



                 [Aug. 20, 2004] 

 


web-server down: 


bugs but no net

                                      [Aug. 19, 2004] 

 

 


typing stops –

laptop activist

gets off his butt                          



[Aug. 17, 2004]



 

 

[for Dafur's victims]

 

their babies

never cry

never stop crying


[Aug, 25, 2004]       

 

it is!   it isn’t!

genocide – -

just stop it         

                  [Aug. 16, 2004]








 

GameBoy off –

father and son 

same show, same laugh


                                            [Aug. 15, 2004]

 

 

baker’s dozen of

bagels — we eschew

triskaidekaphobia




[Fri., Aug.13, 2004] 

 


the garbage bag lands –

squirrel and I 

startle eachother

                                      [08-13-04] 

 




to-read list

and summer corn

growing, growing

 


                                [Aug. 12, 2004]

 

 

 




a good nap

rudely interrupted -

Urgent mail   

                                              [08-10-04]




 

two flat tires and

a broken lug wrench:

the shy neighbor asks for help

    

                                                       [08-09-04]

 





tailgater

     passing on a sharp curve –

take a deep breath




[Aug. 8, 2004]

 


flawless hosta  

between finger and thumb –

it’s real!

                                             [Aug. 7, 2004]

 

waking, the agnostic asks

who dried the dishes

and hung that sun? 


                                   [Aug. 6, 2004]


 

 

a good pout

rudely interrupted

by impatiens

                          [Aug. 5, 2004]

 

 
mailing the letter

to the editor

making points, enemies

                                   [Aug. 5, 2004]










last night’s gentle breeze

chilly at dawn: 

bedroom fan

    

                                                       [08-04-04]

 


hardboiled mystery:

one peels easily

one doesn’t

                                 [Aug. 3, 2004]

 

 

tossing all night –

bedtime meds  

nestled in the pill box            [Aug. 2, 2004]


 

 

 

 


a welcome smile

from the past –

obituary photo

                                [08-01-04]

 

 

 

old dog and master

jostling

for the tiny spot of shade

    

                                                       [07-31-04]

 

 

 
cursing

the unset alarm clock -

late for church again

                                                  [07-30-04]

 


cycle of life?

human stain?

another laundry day

                                               [07-29-04]

 

 



 

waking from a young man’s dream

last night’s body

creaks and groans

                                              [7-27-04]

 


laptop warranty 

expires today -

surfing without a net                [7-27-04]

 

 


undecided:

the insomniac sleeps through

the acceptance speech    

                                                       [07-26-04]

 

 

the boys grudgingly

share the hanging tire –

swing doters    

                                                       [07-26-04]

 

 




in bed 

alone

with a nagging back

                                   [7-25-04]

 



in bed 

with a nagging

back

                                   [08-02-04]

 

 

 


hurrying

to a leisurely brunch -

the migraine starts                         [7-24-04]

 

 

 

dad’s armchair

hindsight is

20/40                        [7-17-04]

 

 

July escape –

pensioner parked

      in front of a fan

                      [07-22-04]

 

 

 
the child runs

in tears –

“mommy, that man smiled at me!”                               

                                                                   [07-21-04]

 

 

 

idling

at my bedroom window 

the garbage truck                      [07-20-04]

 

 

 

she hears 
the repair estimate –

car sick                        [07-19-04]

 

 



 
waking fully dressed –

the sun brighter

than the bedside lamp

                                                  [07-17-04]

 

 

the old man stops

at a green light

driving into the sunset                        [7-17-04]






 

 

 

 
jaws clenched

writing

haiku

             [07-16-04]

 

 

 

 

mottled gray sky

impatiens

grow louder                        [7-15-04]

 

 

 

 

false dawn

the paperboy hits

the snooze button                        [7-14-04]

 

 
empty punchbowl:

husband and wife

avoid the mistletoe

                              [7-13-04]   

 

 


arm too short

hand too wide –

the space between sink and stove            [07-12-04]

 

 

 

 


Sunday ritual

coffee’s ready 

the paperboy’s late 

                                            [07-11-04]

 

 

 


the taste

of coffee -

the aftertaste 

                                [07-10-04]

 

 

 


moonless night – 
above our yard 

the Goodyear Blimp

                                [07-08-04]








working a theme: 


frog and I

eyeing

the mosquito

 

~ ~ ~ ~

 

mosquito buffet –

mangia, frogs!

mangia, bats!


~ ~ ~ ~

 

mosquitos for dinner –

please, mr. frog,

no leftovers

 

 

the late-riser

stays for an encore:

eyelid lightshow

                                 [07-07-04]

 







froglegs

 

startled

by the old guy 

in the men’s room mirror                  [07-05-04]

 


holiday starts

like any day

toilet flushes                         [07-04-04]

 

 

 


children’s voices rise

one neighbor frowns

one smiles                          [07-03-04]

 

 

 




finale:

fireflies

follow fireworks

                          [07-02-04, for e.m.]

 

“maintain tunnel speed”

heavy foot
suddenly light

                                           [dag, 07-01-04]  

 



highway patrol:

hawk

then helicopter

                                [07-02-04]

 


new paperback – -
the sun sets 
without me

                      [dag, 06-29-04; thanks a.f.]   

 



puckish boy
blows out 5 candles 
boomer dad beams, yawns

              

                                    [dag, 06-28-04 (for James'  4th birthday)

  

 


soccer novice 
practices his footwork: 
daughter teaching dad

              

                                    [dag, 06-27-04]    

 

 

 

still learning 
to chew slowly: 
peanut butter on toast
                                [dag, 06-26-04]

 

 

 


summer blockbuster

fireflies outdo

Spielberg

 

          [dag, 06-24-04]

 

 






comparing aches 

before the show –

senior organ recital

                               [dag, 06-23-04, thanks r.n.]  

 

 

 

her dimpled smile! 

no exclamation point 

needed

                            [dag, 06-22-04, for k.g.]  

 

 


late-comers:

fireflies join

the solstice party

 

                               [dag, 06-20-04] 

  

 

winding road –

constantly shifting

the sun visor

 

^^^^^^^^


high bridge:

clouds with trailers

right lane only

                     [dag, 06-19-04]











 

 

summer’s here!

worked up a sweat

sleeping


[dag, 06-18-04]


 

guest room

old friend
on an old mattress


[dag, 06-13-04] 

 

 

 

it’s pink! it’s purple!

sunset inspires 

    more bickering

                             [06-16-04]

 

 

 

down in front!

geese upstage the hawk’s

cameo

                       [dag, 06-05-04]

 

 

full tummies
empty bladders
not for long


[dag, 06-10-04] 



 

 

may I
please turn the page?
fly on my thumb



        [dag, 06-09-04] 




have you
finished this page yet,
fly on my thumb?



        [dag, 06-10-04]


baker’s dozen 
of hovering stars 
- anny’s thirteen!




[dag, 06-04-04]   


stars gather 
fireflies ignite  
anny’s thirteen!




[dag, 06-04-04]   


 


 


storm alert
every kind of cloud  
in one sky




    [dag, 06-02-04]  


 


All-U-Can-Eat 
a vulture discovers  
the roadkill deer 


                           [dag, 06-01-04] 


          




    



gold star nana   
holds one small hand
remembers another
                               [dag, 05-31-04]


 



coatless   
the late Spring day
colder than it looked
                               [dag, 05-30-04]


 


New Guinea   
dad rather not 
talk about it
                               [dag, 05-29-04]


 


green carpet   
turned white overnight 
pollen magic
                               [dag, 05-28-04]


 




lovely new nurse:

ID’s flipped over

under her smile

. . . .[dag, 05-26-04]


 



+ + + +


roly-poly

on a pudgy finger:

where’s your mommy?

. . . .[dag, 05-21-04]



 






+ + + +


butterfly’s birth

- the unpacked swimsuit smells

of moth balls

. . . .[dag, 05-14-04]





+ + + +


hot day in May –

too sticky to search

for summer clothes

. . . .[dag, 05-13-04]






+ + + +


we

. . hug on an angle -

it’s her due date

. . . .[dag, 05-07-04]



+ + + +




the dogwood blooms:

a fat lady on tiptoes

enhales deeply

. . . .[dag, 05-01-04]







new book

the sun set without

me

. . . .[dag, 04-29-04]


 






parka on its hook -

a Spring day colder

than it looks

. . . .[dag, 04-25-04]







earth’s birthday:

recycling our Valentine

cards

. . . .[dag, 04-22-04]


 



+ + + + 




no more piggyback –

he’s tall enough to smile down

at my baldspot

. . . .[dag, 04-15-04]







hatchlings

break out of eggshells

walk on eggshells

. . . .[dag, 04-09-04]






hardboiled eggs:

one peels easily

one doesn’t

. . . .[dag, 04-06-04]


 



waking

two hours late:

headache

. . . .[dag, 04-05-04]



+ + +





mr. moon -

hanging ’round the neighborhood

day and night

. . . .[dag, 04-03-04]


+ + +



from here

they could be mountains -

clouds at sunset

. . . .[dag, 04-03-04]


+ + +





warm enough

to sit on the bench

- for two minutes

. . . .[dag, 03-24-04]





radiator

colder than my fingers -

first day of Spring

. . . .[dag, 03-20-04]

+ + +


 



winter’s last day -

early signs of Spring

covered in white

. . . .[dag, 03-19-04]


+ + +




St. Pat’s Day:

clearing out snow

not snakes

. . . .[dag, 03-16-04]


 


the ice floe
flaps and flies away:
see gullible
 . . . .[dag, 03-10-04]



 



morning runners
stroll this afternoon –
ice floes
 . . . . [dag, 03-08-04]


 



traffic stops:
living next door to
an ice jam
. . . .[dag, 03-06-04]


 



one glimpse
of the misty river -
brain fog lifted
 . . . . [dag, 03-06-04]


 + + +



 


never
noticed that tree until
this sunset
. . . .[02-26-04]


 + + +



 


migraine
after writing all day
sore butt, too
 . . . .[02-26-04]


 + + +






almost dusk
driving while distracted
by tree after tree
 . . . .[02-23-04]



 



Homer was right:
the waking sun makes
rosy fingers
 . . . .[02-21-04]


 


new desk chair
different body parts
ache tonight
. . . .[dag, 02-20-04]


 


winter twins - 
only one tree blossomed 
last Spring
……[02-17-04, for DSB]


 




winter twins – -

which tree blossomed

last Spring?

…….[dag, 02-17-04, rev'd -3-13-04, for DSB]




smoke and shouts
from apartment two 
new neighbors
……. 02-15-04


= = = =





Feb. 14 . . .

mailbox filled with cards

from relatives

…….dag, 02-13-04


 




mom’s genes:

coffee-talk about

arthritis

……. dag, 02-12-04]



+ + +

frozen waves

hello-goodbye along

the icy river

…….[dag, 02-09-04]



+ + +



digital age -

at the keyboard watching

aging digits

…….[dag, 02-06-04]



.


pitch-dark:

moon and light bulb

burned out

…….[dag, 02-04-04]


 


sunset upstaged:
a flying squirrel becomes
a star
              [dag, 02-01-04]


 



attractive nuisance:
tripping on a rock while 
tripping on the moon
                  [dag, 02-01-04]  
       


[dag, 02-01-04]


the early alarm
is quickly forgiven:
pink-cloud morning 
        [dag, 01-29-04]
                 




waiting undressed
to meet the new doctor
cold feet
               [dag, 01-27-04 (thanks, Alice]



waking alone 
the morning after:
dirty dishes
                 [dag, 01-20-04]







four-day deep freeze   
three children stand still    
on the river
       [dag, 01-17-04]


 


cloud-covered twilight   
re-setting the printer    
to grayscale
            [dag, 01-17-04]




each day
a bedroom delight -    
stained glass window    
                     [dag, 01-15-04]


the river’s frozen:    
can we walk on water  
yet?
         [dag, 01-08-04]


 


never knew   
the name of that alley:  
new eyeglasses
     [dag, 01-12-04]



 


so cold outside   
the furnace never stops–  
windows cracked an inch
               [dag, 01-10-04]



afghan warming  
on the radiator –  
brilliantly misplaced
          [dag, 01-11-04]


 


silently  
she lures me to the kitchen  
peeled tangerine
      [dag, 01-03-04]


 


hours of screeching 
bring no reply 
where’s my internet?
        [dag, 01-02-04]


dining alone:  
new New Year’s tradition, 
with egg salad
[dag, 01-01-04]        


warm enough 
to linger at the river 
year-end bonus
            [dag, 12-30-03]


 


white to pink– 
who painted the clouds while 
we shopped for wine?
…….[dag, 12-27-03]


 


through sleepy eyes: 
a crow glides past the window
then the hawk
…….[dag, 12-25-03]


 


rain pelting snowbanks —
icy sidewalks lead to 
mist on the river
…….[dag, 12-24-03]


 



pain
travels through his chest
no trip home this year
……..[dag, 12-24-03]


last stamp licked
pushing the envelope
of holiday joy
…….[dag, 12-22-03]


 







lips and tongues
our traditional Christmas
papercuts
…….[dag, 12-20-03]



 


married
nobody bothers to find
the mistletoe
…….[dag, 12-20-03]


 



blue sky
behind bare branches
year-end bonus
…….[dag, 12-18-03]



Tuesday lunch –
“rains ev’ry darn weekend”
says dad’s dementia 
…….[dag, 12-18-03]




stomache ache
has all my attention
no haiku today?
…….[dag, 12-17-03]


 


two feet
of snow out the window —
mine stop at the door


………………[dag, 12-15-03]



typing stops —
a perfect cloud floats past
the window-framed sky 
           [dag, 12/12/03]


 


no one in sight
     she’s hugging warm laundry
       straight from the dryer
             [dag, 12/11/03]


 




alone -
hugging 
warm laundry


     [dag, 06/12/04]




[are these haiku?]


birthday week
thought after thought about
body parts
    …..[dag, 12-11-03]


fingers like ice –
remember when I liked
that Eagles song?
   ……[dag, 12-11-03]


trickle of blood
in the same spots each day
decades shaving face
     [dag, 12/10/03]


 



first glimpse
of the just-lighted tree
full moon parts the clouds
     [dag, 12/08/03]


 


this neck
achier than ever
fifty-fourth birthday
        [dag, 12/09/03]


 

death-by-chocolate

after gnocchi bolognese

birthday boy grows

    [dag, 12/09/03]

 

 

 

sitting indoors
with cold fingers and toes
Middle Age lament
           [dag, 12/06/03]

 


poking a cold nose
from under warm blankets
that squirrel and I
            [dag, 12/05/03]

 

 

summer foe
a winter friend
sunny window 

            [dag, 12/03/03]


 

thank you, glacier,
for letting that river
follow this highway
            [dag, 12/03/03]

 


scraping the windshield
first snowfall without you
and our garage
            [dag, 12/02/03] 


        

truckload of spruce –
roadside survivors

at attention

                    [dag, 11/29/03]

 



 

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