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Saturday, January 18, 2014


Gila Woodpecker
screams from the Saguaro
new motel rises

    I was sitting outside writing, bemoaning the fact that there is construction going on across the canyon making lots of construction noise.  Trucks backing up and ding, ding, dinging.  Hammers pounding, cranes with diesel engines running and voices of men yelling directions at each other.  
   I was working on haiku, so I was trying to figure out a five syllable line for the construction noise and not having much luck when all of the sudden the Gila Woodpecker started screaming and I put the whole thing together.  I love how the last line works for the construction, but also for the living arrangements in the Saguaro.  Sometimes haiku works like that.  The poet is given a gift and it is our job to write the words down.
   Can you write your own haiku today?  Have fun and I hope you are gifted too.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, dear Tabatha. I'm still concerned about the building taking over the wilderness.

  2. Joy,
    Well done! I can see the bird hotel going up now.

    1. Yeah, that was the fun of having the bird scream while I was watching construction going on across the canyon.

  3. I love it. The last line is a Haiku kind of surprise. Here is mine for today:
    Hummingbird dances
    around the pink camellia
    Fragrant petals fall

    1. Oh Rosi, yes. I remember when I lived in NC in the winter the camellia bushes were the things that bloomed. I don't think I saw a hummingbird at that time but still you got the ah-ha from me. My friend, Bill Hooks,Ret. Pub Dir. at Bank Street had beautiful camellia bushes that cut beautiful blossoms from each winter. He was a dear friend and I thank you for prompting this memory.

  4. I love the story behind the haiku as much as the haiku!

    1. Thank you Carol,
      Actually there is a form for this--when haiku is combined with art or backstory,essay, it is called haiga or haiban.