Saturday, March 5, 2011

In passing


Yesterday morning, in the middle of a big typing project, I looked out the window to rest my eyes and there it was, a haiku-in-progress:

A bare white birch
and starlings that could be leaves —
daylight constellation


And then my hands, again, were on the keys.

14 comments:

erin said...

and can you imagine?
every morning is a haiku
every moment
can you imagine the amount of typing going on for my moment and yours and everyone's:)
and they're already written out
on the line of the birch
on the starling wing
on the sky itself

how wonderful for us

and that you would net this one
thank you

xo
erin

William Michaelian said...

So true, except that it netted me....

Two Tigers said...

I like this one very much William. How good that your typewriter is near a window with a view, and that you are so willing ready and able to be caught.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Gabriella. I just looked again. There is one “leaf” now....

Joseph Hutchison said...

On the keys? I can't imagine. I'm a handwriting snob: I need a black cheap pen, not too fine a point, and narrow ruled paper (not wide ruled—ick). But you were a journalist back when, yes? They taught you all to think on your feet and at the ... what was it? A Royal, I'll bet. Anyway, if I had such a fine haiku before me and sat down to type it straight away my mean muse would slap me silly by giving me just one line; the rest would forever be buried in the daily avalanche of ones and zeroes....

William Michaelian said...

A snob with a cheap pen? Can’t imagine? Say, what kind of poet are you, anyway?! And obviously your muse needs a fresh cigarette and a glass of scotch. Or maybe that’s what I need. Anyway, Joe, I — oops — there’s another one. Well, I’d better get back at it.

vazambam said...

J&B(and that ain't scotch)--

Either shape up or ship out--and I don't mean on a Cutty Sark!

William Michaelian said...

I volunteer! The Royal around my neck will make one heck of an anchor.

Poems, poems everywhere,
and not a drop to drink!

Old 333 said...

Leaves, keys: Lovely. Thanks, William. you bring such beautiful moments to us hungry hordes out here.

Peter

William Michaelian said...

Now that is a picture. Thanks, Peter.

Ed Baker said...

nice "shortie"

just outside your window ... another magic moment

my typewriter is an Underwood 5

My Typewriter is Erotic

when I get excited my fingers go at about 50 wpm ...

one key at a time then that damn D I N G !

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Ed. Sounds like a story I heard the other day at the space bar.

Andreas said...

Our work may be meaningful to us, and hopefully to others, but we should also remember, as Robert Lax did, that the morning write poems of its own

Beautiful, William!

William Michaelian said...

Thanks very much, Andreas. And the point, especially, is that we shouldn’t have to remember, surrounded as we are with constant reminders. We should notice.