Monday, December 31, 2012

Drawn Conclusions

I began this blog one year ago, the idea for it coming to me and evolving over the month of December 2011. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to record my year in the form of one haiku each day. As you might have noticed by the numbering, I posted two haiku in the same day without realizing it, May 4th, amusing considering it's science fiction nerd connotation ("may the 4th be with you"). #125 was posted at 12:30 in the morning and #126 was posted at 7:30 pm. 

Posting multiple haiku a day was obviously the least of my problems since it only happened the one time - pretty good since I wasn't able to establish a regular posting schedule given my erratic work hours amid other responsibilities. The hardest part was in early April when my roommate and I moved into a new apartment and lost our at-home internet. Writing haiku wasn't difficult, it was getting to the internet to post them. I often had to write a bunch ahead of time and post them in advance, or let days slip by without posts, then backdate them when I could get to the internet again. It was very frustrating.

But I persevered, and I did succeed in writing at least 366 poems, one for every day of the year (2012 was a leap year). I tried very hard to stick to the original intention of traditional haiku that included seasonal key words. It proved to be quite difficult, however, mostly because the days in the seasons do not change all that much. Though seasonal haiku do make up the bulk of the blog, I feel.

I came up with my own little theme briefly during the summer. I tagged them "words," and they were mostly comprised of definitions for unusual English words, or incorporated uncommon words into the haiku. I had a lot of fun with that series! Words included callipygian, abstemious, curmudgeon, and festoon among others. Click here to read them all.

I don't quiet know yet what my writing challenge will be for 2013. I think I'd like to start an online literary magazine, but I will need quite a bit more free time than I have right now to do so. I'd also like to return to some of my early novels and rework them. I just hope I can find the time!

Time passes quickly;
Sometimes, it's hard to keep up.
Or too exhausting.

There is haiku #367 to complete 2012 and begin 2013.

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Three days off from work?
I don't know how it happened,
But I'll make good use!

Saturday, December 29, 2012


The church bell sings out:
Six o'clock! It's six o'clock!
Time to go to work.

Friday, December 28, 2012


The roads are icy,
And in the shadows of night,
They are dangerous.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


A creature of snow,
Stones for eyes and sticks for hands,
Now guards the back door.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Family dinner
With turkey, stuffing, gravy
Is good for the soul.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


A fit of damp snow;
A spinning car on the road.
Driving in winter.

Monday, December 24, 2012


The pond's still surface
Today remained quite frozen.
Many birds have flown.

Sunday, December 23, 2012


The return to a book
That was long ago put down
Proves quite difficult.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


The end approaches.
No, I don't mean of this world,
Of this haiku blog.

Friday, December 21, 2012


A day full of rain,
Large, cold droplets from above,
Still better than snow.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Once again the snow,
Much touted by so many,
Has failed to appear.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


The clouds still move in
As the temperature drops.
Perhaps it will snow.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


They say snow's coming,
Mountains of powdery snow.
Hm, we may yet see.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012


A happy day off,
Spent with friends and purring cats,
More precious than gems.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


One more day til rest,
Faced with determination,
And a few regrets.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012


A long day ahead,
Filled with some uncertainty,
But faced without fear.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


The long-promised snow
Has turned to cold drops of rain,
Putting off winter.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Flocks of geese and gulls
Gather in the pond outside.
When will they fly south?

Monday, December 10, 2012


The rain turns to snow.
Winter weather's determined
Despite the warm temp.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


A grey rainy day,
More fitting of November.
Hope it doesn't freeze.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Handcrafted presents
Are fun to make and to buy.
Craft revolution!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012


A cold afternoon
Brightened by fluttering wings
And giggling fairies.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


In the wee hours,
A cat pads into the room.
Lousy alarm clock.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Wisps of fog linger
Like puffy ghosts in the air.
Can this be winter?

Monday, December 3, 2012


Like San Francisco,
The fog today is deep, dense;
Clouds touching the ground.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


A morning monsoon.
Is this really December?
Today feels like fall.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


A white sky at night,
Lit by the city below,
Must mean fog above.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012


A thin film of ice
Now covers the pond's surface,
And the ducks fall through.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


An old black and white
Speaks across generations,
And still brings us thrills.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


The ducks have returned,
Though the pond started to freeze.
Why don't they fly south?

Monday, November 26, 2012


Dreary afternoons
Make blankets more appealing
Under cloud cover.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012


The first cold flurries,
Accompanied by harsh wind,
Approached from the West.

Friday, November 23, 2012


A cold rain at night
Freezes in cold morning wind.
First bite of winter.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


It is important
To take time out and reflect.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


The sun sets too soon,
And the days feel much too short.
The nature of Fall.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


After a long day,
It's nice to sit in silence,
Sipping a cool drink.

Monday, November 19, 2012


The geese have gathered,
Flying in from the far north,
Settling on our pond.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


A foggy morning,
Thick, gray, chilly, and quiet,
In mid November.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


The water's surface
Is calm, just like a mirror,
And reflects the sky.

Friday, November 16, 2012


A long day ahead;
I try to face it with zeal.
The Feast is coming.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


A night of romance,
A regency love story,
A night with Austen.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


With a to-do list,
Are tasks easier or worse?
It's hard to decide.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Getting a good deal
Makes the chest swell with fierce pride.
Saving money's great!

Monday, November 12, 2012


Days off are lessened
When one works for one's true love
And does not get paid.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


The cold makes things dry.
There's a modern solution:

Saturday, November 10, 2012


A warm cup of tea
That tastes like sugar cookies.
Tis the holidays!

Friday, November 9, 2012


A washed out green-grey
Formed by heaven years ago,
Moldavite: space glass.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


The lingering smell
Of a crackling camp fire,
Chatter and laughter.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012


Remember the 5th,
So the rhyme tells us to do,
Thanks to a movie.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


The weather's grown cold-
Too cold and bitter for me!
Has winter come soon?

Saturday, November 3, 2012


It's far too easy
To lose track of one's days.
I feel lost in time.

Friday, November 2, 2012


The Day of the Dead
Has many names in many tongues,
But always holy.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


A forgotten day,
Once political and holy,
Is All Hallow's Day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


A hurricane rages,
Churning the sky, dropping temps.
Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


The windchimes go mad
As armies of leaves scuttle,
Attacking passing cars.

Monday, October 29, 2012


The wind has picked up,
And the skies have grown more gray,
On the edge of storms.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


The Frankenstorm looms,
Arms stretching farther inland
Than anyone thought.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Waiting at the door
Are painted pumpkin faces
Welcoming you in.

Friday, October 26, 2012


A chilly wind brings
An end to our warm fall days;
This is more normal.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Re-thinking money;
Dreaming, scheming, make ends meet.
It's hard to get by.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


The urge to write,
As large as a crashing wave
That buries cities.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Rain falls like kisses;
Thunder rumbles like purring.
The world is a cat.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Reading by the window;
Rain falls across the water;
Deceptive quiet.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Thus two years have passed;
So much has happened since then,
And we still miss you.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Same day every year,
But, for me, never gets old:
Happy birthday, me!

Friday, October 19, 2012


A new life era,
Exciting and different,
Quickly approaches.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Pumpkin, cranberry,
Baked into a delicious,
Moist and scrumptious scone.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


A gentle fall rain
On a quiet evening
Goes well with hot tea.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


A hot mug of tea
Is soothing to the soul and
Also the stomach.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Mysterious sounds
Emanating from above.
Cat listens closely.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


A day of nothing,
With no travels nor functions,
Shall be well cherished.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


The weekend arrives,
When the rest of the world rests,
And no news will come.

Friday, October 12, 2012


Feeling powerless
Makes waiting so much harder.
When will news arrive?

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Time slips easily
When there is a lot to do
And life is busy.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


A bowl of ice cream
Waits patiently in the freezer
To sooth aching souls.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


On the day after,
I feel sore and exhausted;
There is much to do.

Monday, October 8, 2012


A black SUV
Can cause a lot of damage
When running red lights.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


A day spent with art
And surrounded by fall leaves
Is indeed lovely.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Even a full moon
Cannot shed light upon this
Darkened parking lot.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Found in my pocket,
A coin from a far-off place,
Brings dreams of travel.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


A super long day
Filled with labor at two jobs
Is too exhausting.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


The geese keep honking.
Is it not yet cold enough?
Fly south already!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


A day at the zoo,
Chilly, but with fine weather,
Is well spent with friends.

Monday, October 1, 2012


What is this new thing?
Powder that comes in a tin:
Pumpkin chai latte.

Sunday, September 30, 2012


Hot pumpkin latte
While curled up with a good book
Warms fingers and soul.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Saving some money
Can be quite a tricky task,
But bills must be paid.

Friday, September 28, 2012


Yo-ho pirates sing,
And a life of freedom preach
Life's not so simple.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Walking as transport
Can be quite satisfying,
But also tiring.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


With no civil rights,
The political process
Is hard to trust.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


What will the day bring?
Despite the cold, I hope for
Rest, relaxation.

Monday, September 24, 2012


A chill has settled.
It's almost jacket weather.
Long sleeves are a must.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


A new adventure Full of swords, garlic noodles, And medieval garb.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


A new place to play; New perch to watch the world from; One cat is happy.

Friday, September 21, 2012


Where have the ducks gone?
Have they already moved on?
All I see are geese.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


An influx of geese
Has made the pond quite crowded.
A mere stop-over.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


A cool, crisp morning,
Filled with the echoes of geese,
As they travel south.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


A note from the past
Adds mystery to the morning,
And reflective mood.

Monday, September 17, 2012


A morning cuppa
Accompanied by a cake.
A fitting breakfast.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


For a back in pain,
Sit for ten minutes with ice,
Ten minutes with heat.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


A bored, lonely cat,
Swishing his tail back and forth,
Looking for some fun.

Friday, September 14, 2012


A calm summer night
Followed by two busy days.
When will I relax?

Thursday, September 13, 2012


With a new haircut,
I feel refreshed and chipper.
A weight has lifted.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


With the cooler winds,
The leaves have started to change.
They ready for fall.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Late summer weather,
Cool, sweet, and comfortable.
I can live with this.

Monday, September 10, 2012


Another morning,
Up early, but by my choice,
So it's not so bad.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Kerrytown Bookfest-
Educational and fun.
I will come again!

Saturday, September 8, 2012


So close, yet aloof.
The internet floats on air;
I cannot connect.

Friday, September 7, 2012


An extra long day
Exchanged for hours of leisure
Is well worth the trade.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


A Boston cream pie
Under the guise of yogurt
Makes a tasty snack.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


With a new season
Will come new fashion and trends.
Looking forward to Fall.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Labor Day's over,
Summer's unofficial end.
Where did the time go?

Monday, September 3, 2012


A leftover cake-
White chocolate raspberry-
A tempting offer.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


If you'd stayed with us,
Today, you'd have reached 60.
Happy birthday, Pa.

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Writing a haiku
Can be very difficult
In just 5 minutes.

Friday, August 31, 2012


An apple a day
Is easy to pack for lunch.
This with PBJ.

Thursday, August 30, 2012


When one must sleep well,
When it's important to sleep,
One simply cannot.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Early morning sun,
Together with violins,
Makes me want to dance.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I sit all alone
On my brief lunch break at work,
Hungry for pizza.

Monday, August 27, 2012


Summer has returned.
The leaves that started to change
Look strange in the heat.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Make your own sandwich,
A delightful meal past-time.
And oh, so tasty!

Saturday, August 25, 2012


A cooled down weekend,
A far cry from weeks ago,
Is a treat indeed.

Friday, August 24, 2012


Lack of internet
Makes it difficult to post
Poems every day.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


A flutter of wings
And a shower of glitter,
The fairy tea's begun.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Store 236,
Way out in San Francisco,
Thanks for hiring me.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Eating fresh produce
Is a summer luxury
Meant to be savored.

Monday, August 20, 2012


A fresh cucumber
Newly picked form the garden,
Still warm with sunshine.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


To be paid for love
Seems to invite in failure.
The starving artist.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Cucumbers, carrots,
Fresh vegetables of all kinds,
Make colorful plates.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Spinach and feta
Go blissfully together
Wrapped in focaccia.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


One grows so weary
Of life being too busy;
No time to relax.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


There's so much to do,
Not enough time to do it,
And time hurries on.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


The week has been cold-
And feels like Autumn.

Monday, August 13, 2012


Something beautiful occurs
Above us in the heavens;
The sky is covered.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Tonight above the clouds,
Beyond where I can see,
Meteors will fall.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Only one more day-
Albeit long and busy-
Of being alone.

Friday, August 10, 2012


Happiness is found
In a simple cup of tea.
Black, or green, or white.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Contented kitty,
Happy not to be alone,
Purrs like a motor.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


The highway was closed
Due to a wild grass fire.
This summer's too dry.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012


Poor fluffy kitty
Is too furry for his own good,
And needs to be brushed.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


The skin on my leg
Flakes off in strips of purple.
Tattoos are funny.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


When one is a dog,
Every day is a dog day,
Not just for summer.

Friday, August 3, 2012


A bright summer day,
Regardless of the weather.
Today's a wedding.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


The new friend on my leg
Is excitedly welcome,
And starting to itch.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


August already.
This summer's truly flown by!
I won't miss the heat.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


The sofa is soft
And easy to curl up on
Here in this tea room.

Monday, July 30, 2012


The day is calm, sweet,
With a blue sky overhead.
My kind of summer.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


The sun has been kind
And given us a small break;
Its rays are weaker.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Every evening,
When the sun's low in the sky,
The ducks come calling.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Mysterious noise
Coming from the fireplace,
You sound like a bird!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


If only the night
Would bring some kind of relief.
It is dark and hot.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


The grass is yellow,
The sky above, cloudless blue.
The earth is thirsty.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Because spring came soon,
And the winter was so mild,
Will fall come early?

Monday, July 23, 2012


This too hot summer
Has not been a welcome break
From the winter's cold.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


The heat has returned.
While it lasted, it was great!
Our too brief respite.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


The grass is yellow;
The crops are finished early.
It's only July.

Friday, July 20, 2012


In the late summer,
Will we continue to suffer?
Or will the rains come?

Thursday, July 19, 2012


The sun does not shine
To make life grow and flourish,
But to bake it dead.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


This heat that has killed
So many crops and insects
Makes us beg for rain.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


When it is so hot
That even fireflies won't fly,
How can I go out?

Monday, July 16, 2012


A new recipe
Breathes new life into old food.
Delightfully fresh.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Immersed in the past,
I feel new appreciation
For where we are now.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012


Watching politics,
One can't help but think it's all
Just hokum drama.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


A food farrago
Has made an appearance
Suddenly in the fridge.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


To be flagitious
Does not sound quite as threatening
As being villainous.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


In the bright sunlight,
The strange, large bean is blinding.
At night, it's a game.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Innumerable years
Spent hidden beneath the earth;
The mystery still remains.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


The windy city,
On the shore of Lake Michigan,
Did not disappoint.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


An early adventure
With too little precious sleep
Is still adventure.

Friday, July 6, 2012


Refreshing coffee-
Chilled, cool - remains elusive.
Found the internet.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Too much sun and heat
Plus a violent, windy storm
Knocks out the power.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


When wearing a mask,
It is easier to say
What one is thinking.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Out on the driveway,
Grilling miniature pizzas
On a summer night.

Monday, July 2, 2012


The streets are festooned
And the store shelves are stocked,
Ready for the Fourth.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


May our dear neighbors
Enjoy this July the 1st-
Also tomorrow!

(Happy Canada Day!)

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Curmudgeons at work
Do not make my day easy.
I will blame the heat.

Friday, June 29, 2012


To eat and to drink
Are among life's finer points. 
Don't be abstemious.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


If you used this highbrow word,
You might seem less crass.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Flowers, fountains, stars
Explode in the night above.
Summer festivals.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Fire in the sky;
Confusion down on the ground.
The sky fire wins.

Monday, June 25, 2012


On a quiet lake,
So many points of light float.
Evening fireflies.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Emblem of summer,
The lightening bug bobs around.
I free it outside.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


There is such quiet
In a hot afternoon.
It's time for a nap.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Too hot to go out,
I sit inside with the cats,
Wishing it were cool.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


The last place on Earth
I thought would be so pleasant
Was Hell, Michigan.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


At the library
There is snorting and jabber.
This is not the place.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


After the storms left,
The air grew thick, wet, and hot.
Twas too good to last.

Monday, June 18, 2012


A summer rainstorm
Swept through two days in a row.
We have been lucky.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


A fresh new hairstyle
For the hot summer weather.
More than hair was cut.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


A warm enough sun
Coupled with a gentle breeze
Equals Lazy Day.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Today is too good,
Too bright, and too beautiful
To be spent inside.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Between the headstones,
They follow in our footsteps:
Cemetery ghosts.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


In the bright hot sun,
Among the shade of the stones,
We're seeking the dead.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The clouds clear away,
The rain refuses to fall,
As our hunt begins.

Monday, June 11, 2012


I set out early
On an adventure with friends.
The theme is magic.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


On a day of rest,
With air so humid and hot,
It feels good inside.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


The day will be hot,
But in the dark of morning,
I remain content.

Friday, June 8, 2012


The weekend ahead
should be quiet and peaceful.
Instead, it's like this.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


The bright afternoon,
Coupled with a cool spring breeze,
Should be much enjoyed.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


The planet Venus,
Star of evening and morning,
Dark spot on the sun.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Tonight in heaven
We'll see a goddess softly
Slip past the sun god.

Monday, June 4, 2012


The wolves are silent
As they lie in the cool shade.
Like domestic dogs.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


A giraffe's black tongue
Is slick, slimy, and greedy
As it seeks out leaves.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


The promised sunshine
Was the most welcome of sights
After a gray storm.

Friday, June 1, 2012


A little light rain
Is all that is required
To raise humidity.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


To upset my composure.
How disconcerting.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


A simple breakfast
In the quiet of morning.
Slow start to the day.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


The last spring breezes
Hurry on past to the east.
Wait! No! Come back, please.

Monday, May 28, 2012


In the midmorning
The heat creeps in like a thief.
I'm not ready, summer!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Color and feathers;
Lace, ribbons, satin, and curls;
A masquerade ball.

Saturday, May 26, 2012


The World Steam Expo
In Dearborn, Michigan is
Fine entertainment.

Click here for more information on World Steam.

Friday, May 25, 2012


On a hot spring day
This bright, sunny afternoon
Is almost welcome.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


A flash of color,
A bow, then clip-clop, clip-clop.
There goes a maiko!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Cat in the window
Looking out at the water,
Hoping to see ducks.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


An itch on my leg;
The first bug bite of summer.
Not my favorite part.

Monday, May 21, 2012


The tick of the clock
And the hum of the laptop
Don't drown out the night.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


A street-corner wolf,
A statue and magician;
These we seek tonight.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Ladies in hoop skirts
And gentlemen in top hats.
Victorian Fest.

Friday, May 18, 2012


A cat on his back
Is a very trusting soul.
You would think he'd learn.