E W Shaffer

Poetry & Prose

Haiku is a poetic form which takes nature in each season as its theme and expresses
inspiration derived from nature.

— Kimiyo Tanaka in The Pleasure of Haiku
Copyright © Mike Shaffer, 2009

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Three Poems
About Rain




pearl rain:
a necklace breaks apart into
white cleavage




raindrops on the
umbrella's edge line up
to jump




young pieces
of water hop scotch their way
along the pavement







Three Poems
About Morning





wet clouds
hanging black but mourning
arrives anyway




bright sun
red on my closed eyes in the
still morning




early first light
elbows its day into the
crowded darkness

 

 

HAIKU—Descriptions vary. Imagistic, unrhymed, often about the natural world, evoking aspects of Zen meditation. Three lines of from twelve to seventeen syllables with second line longer than the others. Recent work called haiku deviates from earlier standard forms. Originated in 16th century Japan.