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Stepping through Moonlight--Haiku

by Wayne Thomas (Age: 67)
copyright 05-16-2008

Age Rating: 7 +

(A word for those who think writing these things is easy: true, anyone can syllable out 5-7-5, but making a poem out of it all is WORK!)

hot august moonlight--
sunflowers wilting of thirst
white clouds hide the stars

cloudy August night,
hazy in my gray eyepiece
a glimpse of Pico.

Soft, the lights of town--
blue misty watercolor
bathes in the moonlight.

     College Days!
moon by my pillow
a half-written poem pencilled out--
but school comes early!

ghostly silver leaves
murmuring--moonlight verses
brushing my window

flock of moonbeams, bright
feathering through the bean vines--
mosquitoes humming

Half moon, like a torch,
hovers over the village--
no breeze to push it.

handful of moonbeams
soft against Dad's easy chair
run through my fingers

through a young girl's hair
a shaft of yellow moonlight
waiting for the dawn

flashing bright sunshine
laughing through the morning gray
rolling back the night

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        06-22-2016     Jacqueline Ives        

A lovely collection of Haiku, all bound together by the moonlight, as in the beautiful title.
One different line is "College Days!" - obviously deliberate.
Good to see something new on these pages.

        03-07-2015     williamsji        

Dear Author,
Good Haiku, A Haiku is a Japanese poem which can also be known as a Hokku. A Haiku poem is similar to a Tanka but has fewer lines. A Haiku is a type of poetry that can be written on many themes, from love to nature.

Thanks for sharing,
Regards & Love

        06-26-2010     Jordan Screws        

I didn't know assembling haiku in a collection was possible. After reading this, I learned just how technical writing a haiku can be. I dabble in it for fun but do not have the technical prowess you or Frank Fields have. I cannot find a favorite stanza since they are all so good, but I like the moonlight theme since I like gazing at the moon and other activities related to the moon. My only regret is not finding this sooner.

Everyone else already said what there is to be said... so I will offer congratulations on a great collection of haiku.

        05-20-2008     Richard Reed Jr        

Excellent collection of Haiku, I studied Haiku writing for six months in Tokyo.
IMHO you have captured the spirit of Haiku and Zen in this wonderfully written collection.
Thanks for these,


        05-19-2008     Mary -BrytEyz- Ball        

You BET it's hard work! I was at my wits end with my poem "Diamonds: Reflections Of Haiku" at
(which was also a string of Haiku).

Technical thought...
hot august should be capitalized, no?

And I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite stanza, though this one keeps repeating my mind and making me smile over and over again...

College Days!
moon by my pillow
a half-written poem pencilled out--
but school comes early!

I really like the visuals you create, the phrases you use, and the images they evoke.

* Sunshine ... rolling back the night

* Half moon... hovers.. no breeze to push it

Sigh... I think I'll read this one again!!! :-)

Great job!

        05-19-2008     June Nazarian        

What a lovely set of Haiku, one of my favorite forms. Love things short and to the point, and especially enjoy the last line of Haiku which gives it its punch. I actually counted all your syllables, You strayed only once, lol. Thanks for a most pleasant read........June

        05-17-2008     Frank Fields        

What can I say? This is a beautiful weaving of a
tapestry of life, cycling through a day. The visions, the sounds, the memories, and so much more--all found a favorable reception in my company.

You did yourself proud with these haiku and gave us some of that pride as gift.

Thank you! ^_^


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