Friday, August 8, 2008

Poetry Friday: Summer Haiku

I haven’t been posting much lately at Wild Rose Reader. My attentions have turned to other things in recent weeks--doing research for and writing a new collection of poems, cleaning out my basement and closets, and working on plans for the 45th reunion of my high school class and for our reading council’s 2008-2009 Speaker Series.

This morning I went looking for some drafts of summer haiku poems that I could post today. These are not polished haiku--but I HAD to post on Poetry Friday! By the way, our weather here in Massachusetts has been horrible this summer--damp, gray, cool, rainy. The forecast is for more of the same today. So…with this weather in mind, I wrote the first haiku a few minutes ago.

This August day
Sun has hobbled away
Sky seems old and gray

Luna moth
flutters around our porch light
thinking it’s the moon

Moths cling to our
kitchen screen, sunbathing on
a summer evening

Wafting into air,
campfire sparks…lightning bugs
dancing in the dark

Barefoot in dewy
grass, my toes drink the nectar
of a summer night


At Blue Rose Girls, I have a poem entitled A. M. Fog by Mark Jarman.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Becky’s Book Reviews.



jama said...

I love your drinking toes, Elaine. You've caught some fine summer moments in your butterfly net.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Jama! We haven't had many really good summer moments this season.

Anonymous said...

I like those. They are more lyrical than my summer haiku, which included a line about "sweat-drenched torpor". I particularly loved the one about the Luna moth.

Elaine Magliaro said...


"Sweat-drenched torpor"--that describes my physical state to a T when the weather here is really hot and humid. I much prefer the fall to summer.

Linda said...

Love your haiku, especially the ones about the moths. Summer in Maryland has been very humid, but a little break so far today.

I haven't posted much either. I was just wondering if I should spend the afternoon washing curtains or maybe try to write a poem. Always so much to do and so little time to do it in. : )

Mary Lee said...

You've captured the great variety of summer in this little collection of haikus.

I won't tell you about the Chamber of Commerce Day we had yesterday -- all crisp and bright and not-too-hot, perfect day to use for advertising purposes about a place that's usually muggy and hazy in August (and thus the "Chamber of Commerce Day" designation).

Anonymous said...

I am such a barefoot kind of girl. Love the idea that toes can drink nectar. Our weather has been cooler as well in the NW.

Vivian Mahoney said...

Luna moth
flutters around our porch light
thinking it’s the moon

I love this!

Anonymous said...

Lovely, Elaine. That first one captures exactly how I feel every summer! But that last one is my fav. Delicious!

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