Sunday, April 30, 2006

i need everybody to email me their email address at so i can send you the invitation to become a member at summer haiku. thanks! i'm excited, friends! also, please keep ukku spring up, i still need to copy my haiku from it.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

when should i set up the summer haiku collection?
across and down
the forgotten crossword puzzle
a patch of sun


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

spring cleaning-
the scent of lavender
on those letters

old man sits
at the picnic table-
misspelled graffiti

trees drip drains overflow the open road
passing spring
my sneeze rearranges
the pollen

Dear Matt,and dearUKKU friends,
It was an honour to share Spring with you
through haiku...thank you.
I look forward to summer.
love and peace,

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Dear All

It's now time to bring ukku spring haiku to a close. I will leave the site up for a few weeks yet for comments and reading, but the seasons move on and it will soon be time to think about summer.

Thanks to you all for taking part and sharing your spring moments. I think the site has been a remarkably civilised and creative experience and has required no moderation at all. Particular thanks to Alison for her contributions to weblog management.

As you may be aware, Dustin has volunteered to take on the summer project. I'll pass the decisions as to how and when this will take place over to him - I know we are in capable hands. Passing the shared seasonal haiku weblog over to someone else also offers the chance for all kinds of new directions and the involvement of new folks as well as old. And one is silver and the other gold, of course.

With best wishes to all,

we walk hand in hand
my jacket on her shoulders
through the day's last light
lobster pots and sweet whitebait
the keepers of cormorants

Little Onion

bright birds
gather to sing
spring ukku

spring pruning
the greengage has come
into blossom

Little Onion

putting spring into my step . . .
spring chill
packed-away winter coats
brought out again

I echo David's thanks...
this was a great project
and I just wish I'd had more
time to spare!
farewell picnic --
wind blows the blossoms
off the dogwoods

p.s. Thanks Alison, Matt & Eric for bringing us
all together into this effervescent haijin community.
Thanks, too, to everyone who submitted poems and
images and comments, to make the experience so
rich for us all. To celebrate my ukku Spring haiku
experience, I just put together a sequence that you
can get online: welcoming Spring: ukku haiku (2006).

It has my complete ukku spring output (clunkers and all), and is set up to be a printable, two-sided, three-fold sequence brochure. Feel free to use it for any non-commercial purpose. [update: April 24, 2006: I have "tweaked" the sequence brochure, to fit better on the page once folded and improve the "cover page.]

just by a nose
a warm after-Easter glow...
the green between roofs
spring dusk
an old man ponders
on a pea stick

P.S. Last day for posting - I never changed the clock from Silicon Valley time, so UK folks have got until about 8am tomorrow...

Monday, April 17, 2006

dry dusty day
in my workworn hands
painted eggs

dull dusty day
in my workworn hands
a painted egg


sun-soaked earth shines back at the sky

easter monday --
a day-late basket filled
with half-priced candy

the auricula theatre
staged with pansies
dad's wheelchair

Little Onion

East[er] bank holiday-
lots of sirens up my hill
on my way down
spring showers
bring the ground alive
trees shiver
cold spring -
news of an ex's
cold spring
spots of paint
on unopened tulips

Sunday, April 16, 2006

another Easter
the jacaranda fades into
a lilac sky


rising spring tide
we dine alfresco—
bountiful sea

smell of boiled eggs
while eating chocolate

Alan's bubblegum haiku and Wrigley's link brought to mind this haiga made with marlene mountain some time ago now...

Haven't had any gum at all this Easter but lots of chocolate!


last but one stop
she coughs into bubblegum -
i step off somewhere new

Bubblegum & other gummy Easter treats

Easter Sunday in the potting-shed cowslips
Easter Sunday —
morning sun glistens
on a new web

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter morning -
hidden in the old grapevine
a bulbul's new nest

finally spring —
the scent of her hair
easter saturday
the year's first mowings
in a plastic bag

Little Onion
to dogwood blossoms --
the boys like pink today

Easter Breakfast

scrambled eggs & salmon -
the Cabot Tower's angel
gets a pigeon fly past

Alan, Resident haiku poet at Bristol's haiku café

Bristol's Cabot Tower, images & comments