Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Haiku

after the rain

                after the moon

                                a friend calls

                about the rain

and moon

(first publication)

“Easter Haiku” added to Poems, Slightly Used.


Conrad DiDiodato said...

Easter morning—
a jay's tail, crest et al

Anthony Duce said...


William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Anthony.

Conrad, to which we might add:

Easter morning—
a jay's tail, crest et al
etcetera profundis

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...


Easter Sunday

Late Spring, still cold
this dark, metallic day.
The pond looks like quicksilver.
We’ve been expecting robins and roses
but still the light comes down solid
like steel, down
slow and hard from leaden gray.
Rain since not quite dawn, no sun;
not expected to soon return.
A puddled lawn, more topsoil,
even some driveway washed away.

We stood shivering in the sharp spring rain.
The cat watched us from the wood.
Stark and wet, leafless trees impaled
in earth like spikes of blackened iron.
We gathered at the Paschal grave,
the muddy soil easily turned
as we buried the poor baby rabbit.

Copyright 2008 - HARDWOOD-77 Poems, Gary B. Fitzgerald

William Michaelian said...

Gary, always good to hear from you. Time to pick up my copy of Hardwood again. Thanks for the thoughtful reminder.

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...

If you read HARDWOOD, then you'll have to read SOFTWOOD, too. :-)

Oh...and the new one: Tall Grass & High Waves.

Latest, Ponds and Lawns (get it?) going to the publisher this month.

Thanks, William, for indulging me.


William Michaelian said...

Ah. Well, if that’s the case, I’m pretty sure it goes both ways.

vazambam said...

Wonderful haiku, William, unlike the weather! (By the way, Easter Sunday over here was gorgeous.)

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Vassilis. My answer to that is, “Greetings from the land of wet bunnies.”

Joseph Hutchison said...

Perfectly beautiful, William! I drove by your house (at a distance, I'm sure) on a dire errand, Portland to Eugene on April 2 and back on April 5. I wished you well in passing but had no time to stop. Maybe in May if you're about!

William Michaelian said...

Wonderful! Chances are, I’ll still be chained to my desk. Sorry to hear about your dire errand. I suspect I know what it was about....