Robyn Hood Black - children's author, poet, artist

Hannah enjoying poetry workshop

(Scroll down this column for tags, archives and blogroll....)



Enjoy these Great
Children's Lit Blogs and Websites:

Hanging with fellow Georgia writers (from top, l-r) Tracy Walker, Heather Kolich, Donna Bowman, (bottom, middle) Janice Hardy and Paula Puckett
photo by Steve Kolich

Susan Rosson Spain, Robyn Hood Black, Elizabeth Dulemba, and Myra Meade at the Hall Book Exchange in Gainesville, Ga.
photo by Mel Hornsby

Southern Breeze Kudos Kites 09 - Donna, Robyn, Heather, Sarah, and Peggy

Robyn with Kathleen Duey, author extraordinaire

Robyn with Alaska Nature Writer Debbie Miller

photo by Robyn Hood Black
Paul B. Janeczko

Copyright 2005-2016 İRobyn Hood Black. All rights reserved. Please ask permission before using any text or images on this website, except for reproducible
"4 Kids 2 Do" and "Press Kit" pages.

Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday - Haiku Taking Flight...

January 5, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, haiku, HSA, workshops, birds, bird haiku, Haiku Society of America

Happy New Year!

I'm still getting my sea legs back after travel up in the hills to see family for the holidays, and after the little retail rush of December in my shop. I hope you and yours had a lovely holiday.

For haiku fans, I've just updated information on the Haiku Society of America meeting/workshop Earth Day weekend I'm coordinating in April on the coast of Georgia. Here's a link to that recent post below (or you can find it on the SE Regional page at the HSA website). A registration form is available on my Haiku page, at the top left.

Since we're going on a birdwatching Ginko (a haiku walk) that weekend, here are a few more of my own bird haiku that seem to work for this time of year; both light and dark and in-between, as I am feeling all of the above right about now:

new year
the twitter of a hundred robins
in the oak

Modern Haiku, Volume 45.1, Winter/​Spring 2014

gathering dusk
the unanswered call
of a dove

Frogpond Volume 35:3, Autumn 2012

winter chill
turkey vultures circling
one of their own

The Heron's Nest, June 2012

Poems İRobyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.

[Pssst.... A little bird has told me a Poetry Friday-er or two might attend the St. Simon's weekend!]

Our beautiful Linda, no stranger to writing haiku, has this week's Roundup at TeacherDance (with a Japanese proverb and intriguing picture of birds at the top of the page, I might add!)

Here's wishing you a 2017 full of poetry, and light....


  1. January 5, 2017 9:30 PM EST
    Your birding haiku event sounds so enticing. I wish I could attend. I love your haiku. I much prefer Poetry Friday to the news these days. Happy New Year!
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  2. January 5, 2017 10:08 PM EST
    You and me both, Brenda...! Thanks so much. Happy New Year to you, too - :0)
    - Robyn Black
  3. January 5, 2017 10:30 PM EST
    I love those "winging" words, Robyn. Those birds at the top of my blog are crows & I have written a few words about them in the past. It's a favorite photo of mine. I love the idea of your workshop, will check it out. Is this very professional because I'm really a beginner? I'm reading and commenting here early because I tried first to comment on Artsy Letters and no matter that I I tried hard, it wouldn't let me comment. Wanted to wish you a Happy 2017 for you and for the shop, and tell you that Ingrid loved her little poem/picture. Thanks again, will be visiting!
    - Linda Baie
  4. January 6, 2017 12:59 AM EST
    I love haikus. When i was younger i thought them as mere syllable counts, as i got older, i saw how the form is more than that.
    Beautiful haikus and speaking of space, aren't haikus about that too? I love the second one of unanswered calls in the gathering dark.
    - Iphgiene
  5. January 6, 2017 2:46 AM EST
    Happy New Year to you, Robyn. I couldn't help wanting to change the first one to read: "twitter of a lovely Robyn'. Always a pleasure to read your work.
    - Sally Murphy
  6. January 6, 2017 5:55 AM EST
    I've recently fallen in love with haiku, so your meetup sounds wonderful, if it wasn't quite so far away. 😥 Maybe someday! Until, I'll just have to enjoy your spirited haiku!
    - Jane @ Raincity LibrarianLibrarianUUniT
  7. January 6, 2017 6:54 AM EST
    Robin, I so look forward to visiting with you here each week. What a lovely post and beautiful, beautiful haiku. I want to learn more about haiku since in my mind, it's the 5-7-5 structure I learned in elementary school. I love that there is more to learn and discover in such a deceptively simple form. Happy New Year to you! Have a great week.
    - Linda Mitchell
  8. January 6, 2017 8:46 AM EST
    Oh, that final haiku, Robyn. We have turkey vultures in our neighborhood. This is a perfect winter haiku, cold-hearted as it feels.
    - Laura Shovan
  9. January 6, 2017 9:24 AM EST
    Love these, Robyn! I agree with Laura -- that last one made me shudder.
    - Tabatha
  10. January 6, 2017 9:53 AM EST
    Hi, Linda - thanks so much for hosting us today! (& thanks for attempting to comment over at artsyletters - hmmm...not sure what's going on there, but I hope it fixes itself ;0) So glad Ingrid enjoyed her gift. )Love your crows picture - I thought that's what those silhouettes were. Re. our meeting in April - you would be more than welcome!! We'll have seasoned haiku poets/speakers for sure, but anyone serious about haiku is invited, and we want all to feel at home. Email me if questions!

    Ihigene, thanks for coming by! Your poem this week just blew me away. Beautiful. I think one of the reasons I'm so magnetically drawn to haiku is that space you speak of, which I struggle with maintaining in my own environs and schedule sometimes!

    Happy New Year, Sally! Thank you - I always enjoy reading YOUR work and look forward to crossing paths sometime, someday - it could happen. Your light shines from across the globe!

    Hi, Jane - So glad to hear you have also fallen under the spell of haiku! After several years on the journey, I am always learning something new and delighting in poems, whether written a few hundred years ago or fresh from a current pen. So many fine writers out there, and you can read them without traveling. [But maybe a trip down the road would be fun, too.] ;0)

    Linda, what a lovely comment - thank you. (& I love learning new things on your blog!) I came to haiku with the same preconceptions, and it's been refreshing to find what I was first "taught" was a bit inaccurate/incomplete, and there is so much more... I find students are usually quite open to explore and try!

    Laura, Congrats on the Cybils news! And thanks. I remember the day I saw that image/wrote that poem (just Nature recycling, I guess, really). Right after that and when the poem was published, we experienced some personal upheaval with an institution. Cold on lots of levels!

    Oh, Tabatha, if those few words made you shudder, then I'm happy in a macabre/writer kind of way... ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  11. January 6, 2017 4:28 PM EST
    Ooooh, turkey vultures! Nicely done, to give a bunch of poets the shivers! BTW, I got a wee treat you made from Margaret for the winter poem swap -- thanks for being amazing!
    - Keri Collins Lewis
  12. January 6, 2017 6:14 PM EST
    One would almost think you'd been on a local walk with me. I'm sure I'm hearing the "unanswered call" of a mourning dove. Beautiful haiku, Robyn!
    - Violet N.
  13. January 6, 2017 8:30 PM EST
    I need to take a haiku walk. But not until the weather warms up a bit. Love "the unanswered call of a dove." Glad you made it through the Christmas season all in one piece.
    - Margaret Simon
  14. January 7, 2017 12:14 AM EST
    Aw, Keri, thanks for the lovely words & glad you liked what Margaret sent! I still think of you every time I have honey because I was lucky enough to be your swap partner a while back. Happy New Year!

    Thanks, Violet - and I'd LOVE to go on a walk with you. So glad we got to meet in person this past year, even if our conversation wasn't nearly long enough.

    Margaret, my coastal skin prefers warmer walks too these days... ;0) Best wishes for you and yours this year, and cozy poetry reading while it's chilly.
    - Robyn Black
  15. January 7, 2017 1:19 PM EST
    Love your poems, Robyn. You've become a true master of the form! Happy New Year!
    - Diane Mayr
  16. January 7, 2017 3:12 PM EST
    Happy New Year, Robyn! It seems that we were on the same wavelength with birds this week. Your haiku are wonderful. I especially love those twittering robins. Thanks for sharing!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  17. January 7, 2017 3:16 PM EST
    Thank you, Diane - I've been a fan of your haiku a long time. Happy New Year!

    Hi, Catherine - thanks; winging my way over to your place right now....
    - Robyn Black

Quick Clicks

bio, photos, interview links, etc.
Explore a poem or two or five....
Explore this genre of sparely crafted poetry which offers endless depth. Resources for students, teachers, and writers.
Author visits
In schools or other settings, Robyn shares her passion for writing and encourages creativity. Presentations for all age groups.
In addition to writing books, Robyn has sold her writing to major children's magazines.
A rhyming tale of a young boy's knightly adventure with an imagined dragon.
Nonfiction, interactive book on wolves featuring giant pop-up and tons of info!