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Poetry Friday - A Few Haiku

February 1, 2018

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, haiku, Robyn Hood Black

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!

I hope you had a chance to see the Super-Blue-Blood Moon this week. We were blessed with clear skies. Not the clearest of plans, though, as we mis-read moonrise time for Tuesday night and didn't get in place for proper gawking until the moon had been comfortably released from the horizon. Also, I got up early Wednesday expecting to see the blood moon - brilliant white greeted me, and then I read that the eclipse wouldn't be visible in our corner of the world this time around.

Still, the owls were lively and it was a brilliant way to start the day. No wonder centuries of haiku poets have written about their experiences "moon-gazing."

I don't have moon poems today, but here are a couple more of my haiku published in journals in the fall, and another which just came out (on the first page, even!) in bottle rockets.

longest day
she spells out the words
in the diagnosis

Modern Haiku 48:3, Autumn 2017

empty window
the last of her fur
in the lint trap

Frogpond 40:3, Autumn 2017

bus stop
the hard places
where she sleeps

bottle rockets #38, 2018

Thanks for coming by! For all kinds of poetry that will surely illuminate your weekend, visit our wonderful Donna at Mainely Write. (She also has an inspirational moon post from Wednesday/Thurs., Jan. 31, if you'd like some spiritual moon-swooning!)


  1. February 1, 2018 9:50 PM EST
    Alas I didn't get a chance to see the Blue Blood Moon! Congratulations on all those published poems, that's very exciting.
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  2. February 1, 2018 10:48 PM EST
    I love your second haiku, though sad! So much in so little.
    - Donna Smith
  3. February 1, 2018 11:20 PM EST
    Thanks, Jane! Well, I bet the moon saw you anyway... ;0)

    Hi, Donna - thanks so much for hosting & for the kind words. That one was written for my sweet, very old office kitty we lost last spring, and then we lost our other cat (not quite as old) in December. 2017 was a hard year re. kitties.
    - Robyn Black
  4. February 2, 2018 6:53 AM EST
    These are beautiful, Robyn. Haiku can do so much with so few words. I have a blog post about them too.
    - Liz Steinglass
  5. February 2, 2018 8:15 AM EST
    Thanks, Liz - And, yay! I look forward to hopping over to your post.
    - Robyn Hood Black
  6. February 2, 2018 8:16 AM EST
    Congrats for these 3 haiku published, Robyn. Each shows a scene out of our lives. My son's family have 2 new dogs now, but their earlier one, all large Bernese Mountain dogs left his own mark that after his last visit I kept sweeping another bit of "him" reminding me of what a sweet thing he was. Your middle haiku brought that whole memory back. I did see the eclipse, very early, but it was nice. Love hearing about your owls!
    - Linda Baie
  7. February 2, 2018 9:16 AM EST
    Hi, Linda - Thanks for sharing that story. Our animals have always been dear, dear members of the family. We still have our spunky, lovable Chihuahua, Rita - amazing how such a tiny little thing can still shed! She's probably the size of one of your son's dog's muzzles. ;0) Glad you got to see the eclipse!
    - Robyn Hood Black
  8. February 2, 2018 10:24 AM EST
    These are beautiful. Congratulations on your publishing. Longest Day gave word to the sorrow in my heart for a few of my friends right now.
    - Tanya
  9. February 2, 2018 10:52 AM EST
    Your first haiku hit me hard today. I just lost my aunt this week after a 3 year struggle... which is actually saying a lot, considering when she was first diagnosed they thought it would be a matter of months, not years. And she didn't languish either, she lived at home, comfortably, for most of those three years. Couldn't ask for better. I think about you often, Robyn.
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  10. February 2, 2018 11:11 AM EST
    I did not get to celebrate the moon that night either--too many clouds here, but I did enjoy it on nights before and after even if they weren't special lunar events. Congrats on your haiku publications!
    - Kay Jernigan McGriff
  11. February 2, 2018 11:42 AM EST
    Love these haiku, Robyn. All suggest poignant stories. You've beautifully captured the essence. Congrats on the publications! No eclipse visible here, just a cloud-covered moon.
    - jama
  12. February 2, 2018 5:19 PM EST
    Yes, these haiku suggest such deep feeling. So much narrative, tucked inside a wee envelope. The second one got me, Robyn. xo
    - Tabatha
  13. February 2, 2018 7:49 PM EST
    These are beautiful, Robyn. They all tug at my heart, especially those last traces of fur. Congratulations on your publications!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  14. February 2, 2018 9:35 PM EST
    Thanks for coming by, Tanya, and for your beautiful comment. {Prayers and light for the friends you mentioned.} XO

    Oh, Michelle, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing, and I'm glad there is some comfort in they way your aunt was able to live the last part of her life. I think of you often, too, my friend. {{hugs}}

    Thanks, Kay - this was a lovely moon, even when not on its main stage! :0)

    Hi, Jama - thank you for the kind words. We had some fun spooky clouds cross the moon on Tuesday night - I always love that.

    Tabatha, that's a wonderful description of haiku! And I know your animals are family, too. XO

    Hi, Catherine - thank you. That particular kitty, May, had the softest fur of any cat whose ever owned us.
    - Robyn Black
  15. February 3, 2018 1:36 AM EST
    Congratulations, dearest Queen of Haiku - so stark and moving, those words.
    - Myra from GatheringBooks
  16. February 3, 2018 6:37 AM EST
    I love these haiku. The second is my favorite. After a loss, those unexpected reminders bring everything back.
    - Ruth (
  17. February 3, 2018 7:34 AM EST
    Gosh, thank you for these delicate yet potent Haiku.
    They are each of them specific to us, also, especially the longest day . . .

    We always love moon gazing, but especially this week.

    And applause for so many poem publications. I see more to follow in 2018.

    - Bookseedstudio
  18. February 3, 2018 10:23 AM EST
    Thank you, dear Myra! For me, haiku is a safe place for the starkness.

    Ruth, thanks for coming by. It's that "unexpected" element that is so strong in grief, sometimes, isn't it?

    Hi, Jan - thanks for the kind words; I'm glad these spoke to you. [I try to keep submissions/publications rolling throughout each year. Sometimes I miss deadlines, and sometimes I still get the inevitable rejections, but persistence is always the key, no?]
    - Robyn Hood Black
  19. February 3, 2018 3:16 PM EST
    I admire your persistence, but even more so, your willingness to even take up the submission process. You go, Girl! Ya done good.
    - Diane Mayr
  20. February 3, 2018 3:42 PM EST
    Ha! Thank you, Diane. ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  21. February 3, 2018 4:04 PM EST
    Wonderful haiku, Robyn. Many congrats on publication. I always love what I learn here.
    - Linda Mitchell
  22. February 3, 2018 4:11 PM EST
    Congratulations, Robyn. I am drawn to the 2nd haiku. It is sad but a wonderful remembrance.
    - Carol Varsalona
  23. February 4, 2018 9:56 AM EST
    Oh, Linda - what a wonderful thing to say. Thanks for coming by.

    Carol, thank you - that particular kitty of the poem was one of the sweetest (& softest) ever.
    - Robyn Hood Black
  24. February 4, 2018 3:25 PM EST
    Somber haiku this time around, but sometimes that's where life leads us. Congratulations on your journal acceptances! The moon was enormous and stunning! -- Christie @
    - Christie Wyman
  25. February 4, 2018 8:39 PM EST
    Love your haiku.
    - Brenda
  26. February 5, 2018 10:20 AM EST
    Hi, Christie - Haiku and wabi/sabi definitely go together. Thanks so much!

    Thank you, Brenda. :0)
    - Robyn Black

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