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New Year’s Haiku

haikuThanks to “reminiscing” for the Quick Notes reminder.  Can we have your Humboldt New Year’s haiku?

Haiku is a Japanese traditional poetry form, typically consisting of three lines of 5/7/5 syllables, making reference to nature.

To start the creative juices… an English-language haiku, by Richard Wright:

Whitecaps on the bay
A broken signboard banging
In the April wind.

And two Japanese haiku, translated by R.H. Blyth:

New Year’s Day;
Nothing good or bad,-
Just human beings.
— Shiki

That is good, this too is good,-
New Year’s Day
In my old age.

  1. lumpy swine barn
    December 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Sun breaks through the clouds
    Two eyes opens lazily
    Feet swing out of bed

  2. there, there, now...
    December 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    jobs, jobs, jobs, the hope
    lost in the empty quarter
    a boardwalk of tears

  3. Anonymous
    December 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Local family
    Now number 3 landowner
    In whole damn country.


  4. Kinichi Matsu
    December 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Most local people
    Can’t qualify for homes here
    Too few own too much

  5. December 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Beauty just outside
    this humble place’s doorway.
    Must vacate my chair

  6. December 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I’m truly not intending to interrupt any Haiku talent (as posted above), I only wish to point to the obvious, regarding; January (12c) -first month of the ancient Romans. The first month of the Gregorian calendar. January 1st -observed ‘legal’ holiday. The Obvious – “Ancient,” “Romans,” “Gregorian,” and “legal.”

    Yesterday’s, December 25th, re-birth of the sun (not a typo) of man-kind occurred after its annual 72-hour ‘idle’ on the horizon.

    For the past 5 or so years I’ve perceived January 1st for what it is; “Ancient,” and “Legal.”- the religious celebration of Christ’s circumcision – whether it was 8 days or 3 months after birth.

    Be very clear about the fact that the new covenant REPLACES the old.

  7. Neal Latt
    December 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I miss Heraldo
    Golden age of blogging done
    Progressive ghost town

  8. Holly-by-Gollywood
    December 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Ersatz progressives
    Indulge their egos on stage
    Deflate and retreat

  9. I´m laughing
    December 27, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Revealed who you are
    Forty two years and counting
    Cal e for ne ya

  10. December 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

    The proggy Blogger types
    Faux “Conservatives” tremble
    People are revolting

  11. December 27, 2012 at 8:56 am


  12. Anonymous
    December 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

    can not make om let
    with out the revolution
    will not be haiku-ed

  13. December 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Excellent hikuers. Except #11? moviedad, no one of us can sit on the fence of the plantation and claim zero.
    Smiles your way Mitch.

  14. December 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Re-read – I totally took your Ha! the wrong direction huh? Damn it, oops again.

  15. Anonymous
    December 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    #11 is the translation from the original Japanese.

  16. December 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Whew! Thanks Anon.

  17. December 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    from a maxim of my youth—
    Every day in every wayI
    I will have hope
    For better and better

  18. December 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

    The old year closes
    The new year brings growth and hope
    Celebrate new life.

  19. A-nony-mouse
    December 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Why not do it now
    The economy will die
    The whole country waits

  20. reminiscing
    December 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    push forward, believe
    possibilities abound
    the answer is you

  21. December 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

    together we must
    find a way through the thicket
    no separation

  22. Plain Jane
    December 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Take a break from your problems
    Enjoy what life brings
    Happiest New Year to all

  23. Mitch
    December 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Mysterious world.
    Can love yet bloom from justice?
    What then is justice?

    Mysterious world.
    Can justice bloom from love?
    What love excludes worlds?

    Trying and failing
    Over and over again
    Still — both worthy goals.

  24. December 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Without justice,
    There’s just us.
    C’mon, Cowboy up!

  25. December 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    As ye have done
    To the least of these
    So have you done unto me

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