Monday, 30 April 2007

Anxiety

Half naked on stage;
noone notices?! Oh no:
I forgot my lines.

Sunday, 29 April 2007

That Dream (again)

I never get lost.
This house, this Labyrinth - like
the back of my Hand.

Deep pools dot the floor
I drop, swim, find an ingress.
Keep moving. Always.

I emerge - outside
Twisted trees; people's faces.
Things feel very Wrong.

I know a shortcut
Up to the attic. Safe there.
'Til tomorrow night.

This Week's Theme: Dreams

To sleep, perchance to Dream...of odd dreams, happy dreams, anxiety dreams, funny dreams, scary dreams, entertaining dreams, naughty dreams, obscure dreams, ominous dreams, romantic dreams, busy dreams, day dreams and dreams that are simply indescribable. Deadline is noon on Sunday, May 6. Sweet dreams!

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Spring

Swollen purple buds
make me blush as they explode
to green above me.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Fruit Bowl

Unripe banana
I'm hungry and frustrated
Lush, green, hard to peel.

Crisp, fresh, within reach
I will grasp for you instead
Granny Smith apple.

Bottle cap popped off
Halve then quarter then slice lime
Corona's ready.

Is it ripe or not?
Damned exotic papaya!
When do I eat you?

Moss Trilogy

Muted by soft moss,
rain falls gently on the
Japanese garden


Very old, these trees--
Moss-grown silent relics of
a primeval world


Stranded small islands,
adrift in a sea of moss--
the steps to the well

Monday, 23 April 2007

Different Shades of Green

What Hulk did for Lou
The Sydney Tar Ponds did for
Elizabeth May

Sunday, 22 April 2007

This Week's Theme: Green

For the fourth and final Colour week we’ll be looking at Green, as in spinach, racing MGs, grass, envy, money, lizards, camouflage, avocados and the Incredible Hulk––plus the eco-friendly kind of green, too (Happy Earth Day)! Deadline is noon on Sunday, April 29.
He died Christmas Eve
Jaundiced; still craving beer when
His liver gave out

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Helios

Low afternoon sun
transforms a leaden grey lake
into liquid gold


Dancing wallpaper
when the bright sunshine filters
through the lace curtains


An overcast day
Then, sunlight bursts through the clouds.
Pleased, a child laughs

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

also, 10" floppies

fuzzy amber text
on black or green monitor
university

Monday, 16 April 2007

Vincent (The Sun King)

Get busy, Van Gogh,
create swirling tawny fields;
heed not broken hearts.

To the brush,Van Gogh.
Paint yourself a sunflower.
Occupy your eyes.

Release your wild sky
and cathartic dazzling sun
(better out than in).

Dive into gold paint.
At loose ends, your ear’s at risk...
idle hands crave knives.

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Confronted by thugs
-- at least, they might have been thugs --
he turns tail and runs.
He stares at her throat,
searching for a reflection.
Does she like butter?

Vlad was here (note: Vlad's my dog)

Your words I heeded:
Do not eat the yellow snow
Now I warn my kids.

This Week's Theme: Yellow

Our third Colour week is Yellow, full of sunshine, submarines, lemons, taxis, bananas, jaundice and school buses. Now's the time to draw the shades, light the warm and glowing lamps of your imaginations, and get mellow (yellow). Deadline is noon on Sunday, April 22.

Across a crowded room...

She smiles; my heart aches
Her sensuous, scarlet lips
Fill me with desire

Saturday, 14 April 2007

Rosse Buurt

Praying for clients,
she primps, hiding stocking holes
from the red light's glare.

(K with help from J)

After all, it's a children's book

Seuss at his most coy:
"Red, Ned, Ted and Ed in bed"
...sleeping, one assumes.

Friday, 13 April 2007

The Mountain Pine Beetle

Harbinger of doom
as majestic forests turn
a telltale crimson.

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Jewel Trilogy

The garnet necklace
on her porcelain skin, like
drops of blood on snow


Ruby earrings gleam
under dark hair, a cascade
of rose petal thoughts


Rings of red coral––
ocean mementos singing
of her mermaid youth
Kiedis, Flea et al
Soothed by LA's warm red sprawl
Milk the lotus Muse.


--by the Bethanator

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

don't make me prove it!

skin tones may vary
inside we are all the same
sticky dark red stuff

Monday, 9 April 2007

CCCP

Marching through Red Square
Might, Power, Strength on display
The May Day Parade.

Soviet Union
Cold War enemy threatens
Mother Russia looms.

The Berlin Wall falls
Gorbachev’s Perestroika
Glasnost brings promise.

Traditions are shed
The goose steppers have marched on
Lenin’s Tomb exposed.

"New Russians" emerge
Economy in chaos
Stalin missed by some.

Vodka kills most men
Yukos oil makes billionaires
Babushkas sweep streets.

Red: communism
Blood, lust, fire, rage, love, longing -
I want to go back.

Sunday, 8 April 2007

Any Sci Fi Screenplay, Circa 1959

Plot line: strand silver-
suited crew on angry red
planet. Add monsters.

This Week's Theme: Red

Things heat up this week with Red as the theme for the second installment of our Colour haiku series. There's poppies, fire engines, seeing red, chili peppers, stop signs, red-nosed reindeer, or even turning red as a beet to give you a start on a host of fiery red possibilities. You have until noon of Sunday, April 15 to write ‘em while they’re hot.

Vacant lot

For a few short weeks
cornflowers transform the field
beside the bus stop.

The King says...

Do anything, but
Stay off of my Blue Suede Shoes.
Blue, Blue, Blue Suede Shoes.

Noodles and springrolls here I come...

Chopsticks in the mail
A random act of kindness
Mood cannot be blue.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

Tofu Haiku!

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is hosting a Tofu Haiku Contest, which runs until May 21. It's open to anyone, anywhere, and has (tofu-based) prizes, too. You can submit up to three haiku poems (in the 5-7-5 format we use here). Winners will be announced in late June 2007.

Now back to blue...

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

childhood

Summer afternoon
Greg and I, slurping Freezies
Tongues dyed azure blue

Sunday, 1 April 2007

I love this old sad bastard...

The Old Guitarist
Picasso's Blue Period
My favourite one.

Happens when Elvis sings it too...

Chet sings Almost Blue
My eyes are red from crying
Gets me every time.

Britain AD 297: The Picts

Woad-stained, wild-eyed.
Dubbed by terror-struck Romans
"The Spectral Army"

nothing but...

azure skies thrill me
'though clouds kinda bring me down
blue skies smile at me

This Week's Theme: Special Edition

I thought we’d try something a bit different this time, and explore a linked theme that runs for the entire month of April. So, our linked theme for the month will be Colour, with Blue as the theme for the week of April 1-8. And with blue skies, the Blue Angel, bluebells, and the blues just to start with, there’s a whole world of blue out there, waiting to be written about in the perfect haiku you all do so well. Deadline is noon, Sunday April 8.

Happy Easter!

Mystery Gift Giveaway Winners!

Looks like the numerous lurkers who have been following the Haiku Club blog so closely since its inception are still diffident about actually posting, so the big winners on the first Mystery Gift Giveaway are the ones who have actively participated since the beginning––all our lovely Haiku Club regulars. Congratulations, hugs and a small prize each go out to Andrew, Greg, James, Kelly, and Maddie! Thanks to you all for your enthusiastic contributions each week––you guys make the Haiku Club blog the enjoyable (and highly entertaining) place that it is. Your gifts will be in the mail on Monday. And to our shy lurker friends out there––stay tuned. You’ll have another chance sometime over the next few months to summon your courage and take the haiku plunge for another small prize. It’s lovely once you’re in...