Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Ottawa, January 18, 2006. Jet Stream sweeps warm, moist Gulf air into Canada. Further evidence, if further evidence were needed, of global warming.

Lightning leaps through clouds,
then thunder, rain: spring above
and winter below.


Mirrors don't spare me
from the colleagues smirking at
the sock on my back.

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

I just remembered!

My mom told me once
There was a power shortage
9 months later - me!

brown out

I miss the bright words,
leaping like sparks of static,
from Sly Rev and Dave

sometimes both

sudden tingling sensation
from love or socket

Sunday, 25 February 2007

Not a Lightbulb Moment

O Haiku Pub Night
Glasses of amber swallowed
Bulb dimmed - I forgot.

Blown My Fuse

I am positive
That your negative current
Zapped my energy.

The Obsessive Compulsive (True Story)

Mornings, she kneels and
unplugs her stove––buried fears
posing as surges.

Stormy Night in Doctor Frankenstein's Lab

Overhead, bolts of
lightning course through lifeless flesh.
"It's alive!!!" he shrieks.

This Week's Theme: Electricity

Zot! The theme for this week's (Feb. 26 - Mar. 4) haiku is electricity. There's lots of room for interpretation with this one. It might be the humble electric eel, the bolts of lightning hurled by an angry Greek god, hair-raising science experiments, or the sparks of attraction between two people meeting for the first time. The deadline to post your haiku is the morning of Sunday, March 4.

Friday, 23 February 2007

I'm 12 again

Saturday morning
Dig the stars 'n' stripes outfit
Wow - look at those tits!

She Wonders

Lying on dew-soaked grass.
A strand of hair
Across your cheek.

Your laughter
Swept away by the wind.
Gulls’ raucous cries.

Grains of rice
Litter the threshing floor.
Here and there, beetles.

Snowflakes settle
On my hair (once black—
now shades of birch!)

Thursday, 22 February 2007

Pub Night!

Just a reminder about this Saturday's very first Haiku Club Pub Night at the Heart and Crown (in the Market) at 8 pm. Again, everyone is welcome, but only active Haiku Clubbers will be eligible for the free beer draw from the bento box, which we'll be doing on the spot at around 8:30. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 20 February 2007


Poor old Superman
He never knew what hit him:
invisible plane.

Ahh, the '70s

Can't help but wonder.
Surely Lynda and Jimmy
were not related.

Sunday, 18 February 2007

the invisible plane is a bonus

amazon princess
who could totally take out
wannabe Xena

Childhood heroine

Amazon woman:
My first role model at six
Strong, just, wise: I try.

Stern Beauty

Villains, enchanted,
Submit willingly to her
Gold Lasso of Truth.

The Amazon

Feminist icon,
Personification of
grace, strength and wisdom.

This Week's Theme: Wonder Woman

This week's Haiku Club theme is courtesy of Maddie, and takes us into the realm of pop culture: Wonder Woman! If you'd like a bit of background before you start, read more about the Amazonian warrior princess here. You have a week to compose and post your haiku, with a deadline of Sunday (afternoonish, depending on how many of us have submitted work).

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

kiss the kook

the shared breath exhaled
a small cloud in bitter air
fades like memory

Monday, 12 February 2007

Life is like a box of chocolates

He is romantic
She uncomfortably smiles
Heart-shaped box for naught.

Valentino Movie at the Odeon

His smouldering eyes
Devour her blonde loveliness.
Sighs from red plush seats.


Freshly plucked, she drones
"he loves me, he loves me not",
destroys the flower.

Beginning and End

Yearning for warm lips
Fleeting glances must suffice
Until the news breaks
Spurned, I sit weeping
Shamed in my attempts to woo
She loves another
Two souls intertwine
First one leads, then the other
May I have this dance?

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Icicle Heart

Like winter's light sunk
low, spring's eternal promise
lies broken within.
Filled with tenderness,
matching hot water bottles
snuggle in worn sheets.

Grade Four

Teeth bared, fist clutches
cartoon love. Do I run or
stay and share milk?

Happy Birthday to Me

Valentine’s Birthday
I turn forty on fourteenth
of February.

Train of Thought

Valentine of mine:
I lay down across your tracks,
I choo choo choose you.

Old Valentine

Knees stiff and bent low
Paper heart propped to hold stone
Mourning winds recall

Girl From Ipanema

She walks by, glowing.
He gazes, feels the pangs of
Unrequited love.

This Week's Theme: Special Edition

This week is a special edition of the Haiku Club theme: love, in honour of Valentine’s Day on February 14. We're looking for love haiku that's romantic, tragic, funny, cheeky, ironic, passionate, wistful, baffled––the list is endless. Have fun with it. Deadline is the evening of Sunday, February 18.

Haiku Club Pub Night

The first Haiku Club Pub Night will take place on Saturday, February 24 at the Heart and Crown (in the Market) at 8 pm. Everyone is welcome, but only active Haiku Clubbers will be eligible for the free beer draw, which we'll be doing on the spot at around 8:30. The lucky winner gets a beer (or other beverage), courtesy of a loonie each from the rest of us (secure in the knowledge that, yes, our turn will come).

Note to the shy but thirsty: there's still plenty of time to submit a haiku before the 24th...

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Haiku News Flash

Dose Magazine reports that "...'Crazy' duo Gnarls Barkley are looking for your best haiku skills as part of a mysterious new online contest." The theme is either solitude or pineapples. Or both. More info on the contest, plus samples of the (so far, 600) submissions can be found here. Thanks to Haiku Clubber Maddie for the link.

Now back to Winter...

Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Road Salt

Life-saving; toxic.
The seasonal dilemma
stains my leather boots.


Blue nose, scarlet cheeks
White chilblained fingers and toes:
Winter colour scheme.

Monday, 5 February 2007


Clap hands and stamp feet
Turn your back against the wind
And dream of Summer

My tears fall freely
But turn to ice, as my cheeks
Feel the sting of wind

I can fall on ice

Ten fingers frozen
You coax warmth by shivering
Warm pub within view

Ice Storm

Squalid town becomes
a bright ephemeral world
of sparkling glass

Wind storm

Stanley's gift, yes. But
nature will not be denied.
Many trees lie down

I can ride on ice

sweater, jacket, coat
boots, hat, scarf, gloves and mittens
I am sick of clothes!

Bloody vancouver drivers

Car glides through stop sign
Like a duck on icy pond
Vancouver winter

Sunday, 4 February 2007

This Week's Theme: Winter

The theme for this week's (Feb. 5 - 11) haiku is courtesy of Andrew, and a classic one in this poetic form: winter. As always, the tone of your haiku is up to you, but if you'd like some inspiration for a more traditional approach, have a look at these seasonal classics by Issa. You have until Sunday evening to compose and post your haiku.