22   We tip today
12   the planet north and I
07   toward the sun

23   Sun dips low
12   leans in long lighting
07    pine boughs on mantle

24   Big wind scatters birds
12   lifts up leaves, a few dogs
07   out walking their people

26   Sun comes up
12   temperature
07    doesn’t change

27    So odd to
12    see the sun but not
07    feel it

28   Twenty one minutes
12   yet before the alarm.
07   Soft pillow warm bed

29   Eleven fifty nine
12   just in time to write
07   today’s haiku

30   ‘Gigantic!’
12   he said when he saw
07    the Cal King Charlie arrives in Truckee, age 2 1/2 years

31 Two thousand and eight
12   New year. New President. New
07   what else? May we be again, this time next year, together.

1     Ten thousand cars
1     two lane mountain road
08   brake lights, snow

2     Lake surface
1 a mirror, each dark
08  tree listens

3 Thinking of no-
1 impact man, I ride
08  home in the rain

4 On-line dating
1 profile too wordy
08  edit tomorrow

7 Fresh in from
1 small town USA
08  she wants sushi 

Tracy sends her
haiku via postcard
do I dare?

8 winter storm
1 power out.  hibernation
08  at last

8 How to weave
1 eleven syllables
08  into a story?

8 Flooding out
1 I forget to water
08 the indoor plants

9 ‘Happy new year’ she said.
1 Waves breaking,
08  a flock of gulls rising

11 “Once you articulate clearly
1 your exile, you are already
08  on your way home.” David White, Mt. Maddonna workshop

12 Paid through Sunday we
1 sneak away in Saturday’s dark night
08  like teenagers

13 Owl hides itself
1 from the mouse
08  and you too

14 Eleven
1 p.m. finish work
08  no poetry now

15 Oriole
1 orangutang, oh
08  outstanding! inspired by Bly’s Ramages

16 I don’t mean to be
1
shouting in red, I simply left
08
the black pen downstairs

17 The bird drops
1 to the deck and pops
08 the fat bug

18 paned windows
1 frame gray day out
08  and cozy in

19 midwinter on the coast:
1 greened mustard field the colors of
08  June on high passes

20 beach rats those
1 seagulls but backlit
08  pure as snow

21 MLK
1 day today cold rain
08  overtime

24 read a bit about
1 haiku today, ain’t just about
08  seventeen syllables

22 full moon fakes
1 a dawn in the low
08  pearly clouds

25 ceaseless rain
1 grey cat cowers cold
08  under the eave

26 after the storm the still’s
1 a startling warm, birds
08  reclaim the air

27 lofted up
1 on pillows of air
08  a dozen gulls

28 step outside a break
1 in the rain colors emerge
08  horizon beckons

29 open the door to
1 cat scratching find instead
08  black and white backed skunk!

30 meadow frog
1 croak quiets me, my
08  eye quiets frog

2 cold blue day
1 chipper bus driver
08  better than coffee

2 rain sounds music
2 on the skylight
08  foils hike plans

3 cedar waxwings
2 so refined, reserved, until:
08  the berries!

4 black crowned heron
2 granite grey against sunset skies
08  commute west

5 Town Mountain
2 back-holler music
08  whiskey soaked

6 turn back after
2 passing a young beauty
08  narcissus

6 squeals and snorts
2 dashing around evading capture
08  little boy laughter

7 blue sky day
2 after weeks of rain
08  river chatters again

9 shower floor dirty
2 season’s first
08  barefoot day

10 at Candlemas
2 meadows yellow up,
08  we made it!

11 exercise:
2 write the forbidden.
08  well of tears

12 a surprise fog turns
2 the intersection
08  into a movie set

13 aquarium day
2 otters wrestle, the octopus
08  unfurls all its night long

13 acacia
2 meadow bloom yellow
08  and yellow

13 monterey cypress
2 pruned hard year after year
08  bent under the wire

14 windowbox
2 filled with night and ferns
08  lush red rose

16 great blue overhead
2 grey clay against azure sky
08  wing feather missing

17 eucalyptus
2 highrise apartment  with
08  birds floor to floor

17 luminescent
2 juvenile robin pulls worms
08  from muddy bank

18 president’s day
2 no haiku yet
08  mind on him

20 full lunar eclipse
2 night and clouds
08  silver sliver among stones

20 eclipsed moon
2 night clouds
08  light hidden, then not

21 between rain
2 bare birch branches tipped
08  with sun drops

21 full moon over
2 dark shoulder of ridge
08 bright piggyback smile

23 rain comes thick
pushes wood smoke
08 back down chimney

24 downed eucalyptus
2 seven new side shoot starts
08 yellow and salmon

24 amplified
2 storm surge rocks harbor
08 one grebe rides

26 weathered wood
2 old gap toothed cow barn
08 waist high grass

28 stubbly trees
2 pruned back hard, even yet
08 blossoming

29 perfect heft and drape
3 just enough wooly pasture
08  just enough silky dream

1 work with brush
3 and pen so to find
08 new ways

2 cherry trees everywhere
3 snow drifts in shady bay groves
08 over fields, pink oh!s of surprise

3 D to G
3 second finger steps like
08 newborn colt

5 perched kingfisher
3 tracks not the kayaker
08 but the wake

6 three blackbird males
3 chase a female through the scrub
08 like tie fighters

7 daffodils
3 dance on the highway
08 median

8 four tea lights
3 plate of greens, quiet dusk
08 fully at home

9 didn’t much
3 spring forward today
08 big headache

10 tall palm tree
3 unloads it sweet cache
08 of sparrows

11 white drifts
3 carpet forest floor:
08 cherry blossoms!

12 she listened as if
3 this was the only sentence
08 of his life

13 four plum trees
3 kelp covered canopies
08 toss blossoms to the wind

14 transcribed
3 a dozen haikus today
08 wrote none

15 rain so gentle
3 tulips open
08 to catch it

16 tree
3 helps wind
08 make its voice

17 acts so vivid
3 yet we remain
08 invisible ‘taggers memoir’, found haiku, along river levee

18 white trail through
3 green meadows goes ocher
08 under the acacia

19 night sky in river
3 not black but blue
08 equinox full moon

20 clock flips
3 the minute, I wait
08 for poetry

21 equinox evening
3 soft hushed expectation
08 and warm breezes

22 the world calls,
3 the harder thing, I turn
08 toward home

23 midtown open space
3 holds yet a few beautiful
08 bosky secrets

24 dark night hike
3 white skirt scoops up
08 all the starlight

25 steamy shower
3 river fills up
08 my bathroom

26 high branch perch.
3 first, eight cormorant, then
08 one hawk

29 the bassoon
3 waddles through the overture
08 like a porcupine

30 despondent Natascha’s: exquisite
3 ten poets leaving ten poets laughing,
08 empty house high on words

30 no longer
3 a spring blossom: I’m
08 fruit ripening

31 heron I
3 had not seen croaks ‘hey!’
08 overhead

31 two dozen finch, gold
3 to purple, branch to feeder
08 and back:  bird ballet

1 clouds
4 are the language
08 of things gathering

1 sun reflects
4 off a sheet of cirrus
08 like off water

2 just above the
4 mock orange tree, small flies
08 dip and dine

3 high in tree
4 zip-line catches, I’m
08 flying over meadow!

4 mourning doves
4 mate on the banister
08 gentle, even then

5 clouds are
4 the language of things
08 gathering

6 red squirrel noses
4 blackbird nest, perched
08 hawk watches

7 sea otter
4 crunches spotted crab
08 leg by leg

8 awaiting answers
4 a letter, a visit,
08 I myself arrive

9 so entranced
4 the breeze in the trees
08 tickles me

10 stealth perched in the tree
4 triangle ears, keen eyesight
08 sharp claws, silent flight

11 crisp morning
4 overhead, first spring
08 geese honk through

12 triumph bonneville
4 warm night ride, sat tight and let
08 the curves lean into me

13 ice cream cone
4 bare sandaled toes in
08 sun-baked grass

14 hindu couple holds
4 hands, stands on the golden gate
08 gazes toward India

15 one city
4 three quarter million faces
08 each a world

16 red bud romance: first
4 pink pea blossoms then deep red
08 hearts, tiny, tip branches

17 rail’s shadow
4 races zig zag zoom
08 up the steps

18 right in town three boys
4 lean in close ’round
08 a flickering campfire

19 second story bedroom,
4 skylight, I wake up in the
08 sunrise clouds

20 nectar from
4 forty thousand flowers
08 on my toast

21 sun dapples through the
4 urban forest. on cafe table,
08 cappuccino, cool breeze

22 blackbird call
4 trills out through
08 mown grass meadow

24 Apache songcatcher
4 Blue plays Mayan priest‘s flute
08 smoke rolls out the teepee top

25 met Isabel
4 a Havanese who owns
08 Nob Hill park

26 exhausted
4 head full of Armageddon
08 and hope together

27 breeze cool on
4 sunned skin, meadow grass
08 drags on bare shins

28 gull lands arranges
4 his gray wings all he needs
08 neatly on his back

29 a dozen
4 gulls over head, flowers
08 tossed on the wind

30 even the
4 prayer flags hardly cast
08 a shadow

1 plump bird
5 sits, round,
08 on perch

2 cliff swallow, bill stuck
5 in muddy bank, flutters
08 lifts off, builds cozy home

3 symphony: school of fish
5 choir: a hundred birds lift
08 off turn on their wings

4 blackbird carries
5 song of summer on
08 his red wing

5 sun warmed grass
5 ears smell summer in
08 blackbird’s song

6 flip the dark sheet out
5 puzzling constellation
08 of stars. moths in chest!

7 the dove rests its
5 soft belly on the fence and
08 we sit there awhile

8 sweet guitar
5 sits in corner, sings
08 silently

9 belated date with
5 the state … tijuana.
08 pacifico!

10 this haiku
5 is something about
08 bright cherries

11 evening falls the world
5 darkens collapses into
08 a campfire ember

12 duck stands still
5 lets the river
08 make the wake

14 future earth on fire.
5 drought, extinction, thirst, dry wind.
08 today, fresh lettuce

16 mockingbird
5 male, unmated, sings
08 through the night

17 art store and
5 cupcakerie on
08 same block. heaven

18 whale’s dark back
5 sinks, footprint glows gold
08 at sunrise

19 and the moon
5 rose the color
08 of my heart

20 the boat flew over the
5 kelp forest flushing the hundred
08 cormorant perched there

21 two days up before
5 sunrise, three full moonrises
08 and always the sea

22 hawk flaps up
5 extends tree top
08 twelve inches

23 no thunder
5 or wind, just all day
08 quiet rain

24 sienna forest
5 trail wanders lined green with
08 branching wild lilac

25 eighteen tents
5 in two thousand square feet
08 fiddling. whiskey.

26 eight voices
5 uniquely toned
08 sweet aligned

27 seven hundred nine
5 emails lurk behind the
08 cheerful blue screen

28 sweet wine drops
5 rich color of earth
08 cherry season!

29 six wined up
5 women laugh loud in
08 wood floor room

30 kneeled on the dojo mat
5 blackbelts bow, sit again
08 two hundred toes peek out

31 this spring evening is
5 impossibly still holding
08 its breath for summer

1 caught by a
6 parade downtown
08 joyful tardiness

2 she plays fiddle fast
6 her smile lights up
08 the corners of my eye

4 this dress is
6 so midwest but
08 I like it

5 they met midway
6 on the bridge, not sure
08 either’d show

6 “there’s no such thing
6 as ‘bad weather’ only
08 ‘not enough clothes’ “

7 summer heat
6 two ladies, a bench
08 berry sorbet

8 Rainier and
6 Bing juicy as
08 the summer’s long

9 parents draft
6 living trusts and I
08 need a crown

10 old women
6 shrug their coats up, girls
08 bare shouldered

11 neon peach
6 sun sienna clouds
08 forest fire

12 woolen petticoat
6 over a tawny bustle
08 dove perched above

13 thirteen
6 merganser chicks fluffy
08 try to dive

14 woke up with friends birthday gifts
6 in bed stack of printed poems
08 on the coverlet

15 black coal white
6 chalk stripes on brown skin
08 drum bear dance

16 jumped in
6 the ocean, clothes and all
08 then rode home

17 rich in words
6 so many worlds in
08 the poems I know

18 secret names
6 big baby belly
08   perfect crib awaits

19 fat summer
6 peach in cobalt sky:
08   moon at dusk

20 what could I eat
6 today that’s better than this
08 first ripe summer peach?

21 thunder
6 quiet earth
08 rain

22 six months pass
6 significance of words
08 pulled from each day

23 croissant takes
6 out temporary
08 crown. hot! cold!

24 wildfire smoke
6 fills inner-city changes
08 everything

25 she really
6 looked at my work and
08 that was enough

27 just nineteen
6 she bit  my tie, looked up
08 with painted yes

28 natascha stretched
6 across the backseat
08 three soft laps

29 cabbie cackles
6 we fasten seatbelts
08 covertly

30 two year old
6 blond peekaboo between
08 my long legs

1 shadow of
7 yellow light standard
08 on art store wall

2 dawn bark and crashing
7 smell of skunk
08 permeates house

3 gold grass white clapboard
7 one room north coast store kind of a day
08 blue cool and sweet

4     I could smell
7     the sunscreen five blocks
08 from the beach

5 the day                     a.k.a.       never live
7     went by too fast                    faster than your haiku
08 for words                            can fly

6     quiet office
7 only witness as she locks
08 doors for the last time

7     tired after a
7     long day friend feeds me
08 warm soup, conversation

8     too easily
7     my sour energy spills
08   into another’s day

9     running to the lake he
7     steps out of his flip flops
08   without stopping

10 summer dumb
7      young turkeys stop
08    on highway 3

11    lone black oak
7      on long scrubby slope
08 heavenly shade

12    only sound
7      footfall on dirt road
08     and crickets

13   hiking shirt
7 in pure still water
08   lets go the dirt

15 big black bear
7     ambles up the trail
08   to Marshy Lake

16   swallowtail
7     flits by missing
08 bottom left wing

17    friendly brown creeper
7     stops me with its tseeeee
08   mosquitoes move me on

18    pale and still                       full moon at deadfall lakes
7     lying there as night comes
08 mosquitoes

19   surprise valley hoedown
7     half the street blocked off
08  pretty girls arrive horseback

20   yellow peak lookout
7     old friends get caught up
08   clouds, forever sagebrush

21 marin escapees
7     on cherry creek, passive solar home
08   plant aspens, themselves

22   dishtowels clipped to
7     garden deer fence flap
08   like prayer flags

23 four aunties’ feet
7     stick out from under blanket
08   iazzak in between

24   “hi truck!”
zoom, rumble, giggle
08   “crash!”

25 hot hot spring
7     stupefies then
08 cool pool plunge

1     river at dusk
8     the color of
08 atlantis

2     rail tracks lead
8     out of town to open
08 meadow, lake

4     mockingbird
8     runs across roof returns me
08   to the breath

5     feral cat
8     stares turns low pours itself
08   through the grass

6     pigeon falls
8     through the sky wings in
08   wide open vee

7     bustley wind
8     warm yet still night comes
08   back to school

8     happy
8     dahlias bought from
08 happy farmers

9     taste of sand
8      salt cooled coals broke waves
08   killdeer cry

10   rubber band
8     elegant tool both holds
08 and lets go

11 at its season’s end
8     the sunflower turns instead
08   toward earth, bows deeply

12   scruffing down
8     the early street: pajama’d man
08 clean laundry bag

13   eucalyptus
8 just a suggestion
08   city lit fog

14 proselytizing
8     cab driver condemns gays
08   then cheats me $20

15   balmy breeze morning
8     and Brooklyn street noise
08   dance in her curtains

16   runners sprint by
8     in Central Park.  I want not
08   to run, just be that fit

17   the dogs here
8 have more expensive
08   salons than I

18   hot breakfast
8     delivered to the park
08   only in NYC

19   crowd gathers
8     Manhattan hawk, perched, feasts
08   on pigeon

20   subway ad says:
8      This train can only
08   take you so far

21 endless war again
8 just no draft this time
08   let the sun shine

22   now under
8     construction at ground zero
08   one freedom tower

23   less alone
8     cat leans her warm spine
08   into my belly

24   six courses sunset
8     on the deck champagne and wine
08   bon anniversaire

25   pudding fog
8 down in the harbor
08 sun up ridge

27   snake slides past shed skin
8     hermit crab leaves home naked
08   can I unmake me?

28   he sang he had
8     a little boy in his chest
08   unfettered and naked

29   toddlers take over house
8     cat slinks off lower than toes
08   wide eyes a-panic

30   small hand reaches through
8 cat door places mini prayer flags
08  returns to retrieve them

31   blond bed head and a bink
8     he stares too wakey-up
08   to say good morning

1     hummingbird
9     two quick perches then gone
08   feeder empty

2     night bike ride
9     street light makes wheel shadow
08   oval round oval

3     flying downhill
9     see heron knee deep in river
08   almost crash gawking

4     we wanted to say
9 something but she didn’t breathe
08   between sentences

5     in the park
9     two men practice tai chi
08   we draw cool green

6     where did those
9     two cds go? toddler smiles
08   laptop chokes

7     empty ferris wheel
9     easter egg colored bench seats
08 backed by steel grey clouds

8 wince as the
9     old hurts surface
08   forgive again, again

9     evening rain ride home
9     try not to blink and the world becomes
08 beautiful round things

10 boardwalk
9     so still just one boat
08 moored off wharf

11 his harmony
9     danced above and below mine
08 amazing grace

12 moonlight and animal sound
9 reminds of a deep grief overheard
08   how many the moon’s seen!

13 silent woods
9     one thousand things alive
08   between that woodpecker and I

14   barbeque
9     across the street laughter out back
08   sunny Sunday

15   this haiku
9     is about just
08   starting things

16   “I’ll be a different
9     person when I see you next”
08   already we were

17   pelican low in
9     flight leave sweet belly footprint
08   on mirrored river

18   quarter moon
9     tonight is the space
08   between breaths

19   the stormy sky
9     collected itself as if
08   over high peaks

20   mom’s visit
9     a relief to say no to a
08   dozen invitations

21   cloud bank shadows
9     my neighborhood I
08   ride west to sun

22   suddenly
9     the light’s long and low
08   clear crisp morning

23   cute eye-glassed
9     guy reading in cafe
08   then the cell phone

24   seven point five miles
9     two thousand feet up
08   forty pound pack

25   from the dark
9     grey light, from the silence
08   birdsong

26   old dawn moon
9     smiles bright over dark
08   Kearsage Pass

27   still fall lake
9     only the cold wind
08   moves me on

28   we sleep deep
9     in a circle of elders
08   cedar, pine, fir

30   willow golden up
9     grasshoppers whir at my
08   walking stick

1     storm breaks
10   dawn light shouts
08   amber meadow! azure sky!

2     Diamond Peak
10   enshrouded by mist
08   rain clouds above

3     after gray rain
10   world comes alive
08   amber and azure

4     even at their stillest
10   foxtail pines
08   still dance

5      chartreuse to gold
10    willow warming up
08    to winter

6      cool fall
10    still morning walk after
08    rain all night

7      five Clark’s Nutcrackers
10    flush low from fir tree, chatter
08    up to something!

8      red pine cone
10    confetti under
08    every step

9      chocolate
10    black bear napping in
08    sun dappled fern

10    only at
10    log jam and rock dam do
08    sweet pools form

11    standing naked
10    in King’s River watching
08    the storm come

12    we are here
10    sign in window next door
08    says “copies”

13    empty house
10    quiet sleep in
08    no extra chores

14    he lost his lunch
10    under the bridge and now
08    sleeps soundly there

15   my house full
10   with deep satisfaction
08   home alone

16   impossibly warm day
10   the mock orange throws out sweet big
08   fragrance, October!

accidentally
dropped all my old trying found
unfettered freedom

17   squirrel up early
10   at the acorns gathering
08   February’s feast

18   quiet morning
10   windchimes sound like
08   far off church bells

19   new Purdy paintbrush
10   biased copper collar
08   handmade by Thahn

20   bully crows
10   flush mourning dove
08   look for nest

21   wet beach pulls
10   down the fiery sky
08   fall sunset

22   look past unfinished
10   projects feel the beauty and
08   enoughness of home

23   family
10   time and a full house
08   happiness

24   too busy
10   campaigning needed
08   one week left

25   near every
10   sea otter cracking crab
08   a hopeful gull

26   witty women
10   leading lovely lives
08   circle the table

27   waves roll in gold
10   glide out grey taking
08   sunset with them

28   driveway
10   filled again, suitcase
08   on steps, she’s home

29   big bowl of air
10   Monterey Bay filled with
08   pink dawn light

30   amidst skyscrapers
10   thirty Canadian geese
08   graze Snow Park’s spare lawn

31   oversized
10   fairies and tiny
08   happy monsters

1     clock clicks rain
10   windchime rings and we
08   gaze dreamy out

2      season of
11    unavoidable
08    dreamy naps

3       saltwater
11     soaked red rose, cast up
08     on empty beach

4     Obama elected
10   people dance in the streets the
08   earth silently turns

5     passionate talk
10   spar with ideas, a small
08   renaissance unfurled

6      blue sky and
11    friend backlit walking
08    up the drive

7      in silence
11    we walk through dark wood
08    feet feel trail

8      roasting root
11    vegetables dark
08    early warm fire

9      brilliant beach
11    ball of sun low and
08    morning shine

10    cat in for
11    surgery coughs up
08    hairball comes home

11    dungarees
11    drying over dowtown
08    balcony

12    twice this week
11    friends round the table
08    such richness

13   dark before dinner
11   I walk out late into the
08   bright full moon sky night

14   the moon loved the sun
11   all night long.  its dawn now
08   they’re still up, shining

15   the leaves dance
11   sideways off the tree
08   dry clear wind

16   a finch? no! taller
11   proud little Swainson’s thrush
08   hops through my backyard

17   an awkward peace,
11   this loving the world
08   and oneself

18   all through
11   the dark meadow walk
08   ears listening

19   lower chin to chest
11   mind drops down into
08   the dark quiet body

20   the light goes
11   the birds come in flocks
08   come in close

21   altogether
11   the world is more than any
08   lover, gifts everywhere

22   out early
11   to drop on knees and see
08   nights stories on the path

23   soft line of
11   frost on my sunrise
08   warm window

24   bundled up
11   I watch him make me
08   chicken soup

25   so many hours
11   the long nights offer
08   us to dream

26   unbuttoned
11   his shirt hoping to catch
08   his wild heart

27   heart quickens
11   heading across town
08   my whole family there!

28   push and pull
11   nephew on big swing
08   heart swings too

29   forage for
11   fungus, mussels, nettles
08   friendship

30   how dear the close moon                                       earthshine
11   tonight showing us our place
08   in the space of things

1     big sea day
12   misty air filled with
08   salt and sulfur

2     hawk flushed nearby
12   banded tail and sharp
08   eyes flashed

3     so very cold
12   so very grateful for
08   my roof, cozy bed

4     day light leaves
12   imperceptible
08   gait of clouds remains

5     how music, so
12   companionable
08   carries the world for awhile

6     dozens of gulls
12   wheeling as gulls do
08   stirring the sky

7    bridge of nose explores
12  line of jaw, warm ear, hands find
08  a new conversation

8     N out of town
12   missed our morning connection
08   email chat instead!

9     neat knit rows
12   shrink to fuzzy bands of color
08   soft and stripey

10   left poem for the
12   cute waiter at Saturn cafe
08   doubly sweet treat

11   night sandpipers crowd close
12   move together like a thought
08   along the dark bank

12   unutterable mystery of night
12   articulate the morning light
08   and enunciative

13   low tide beach is glass
12   then surf, tumbling blue diamonds,
08   then nothing but sky

14   dark storm today
12   the house quiet, cold.  what is
08   the Christmas spirit?

15   “how are you?”
12   like the weather this week:
08   sunshine, rainbows, dark storms

16   that feeling
12   after being heart sick
08   so joyous!

17   low winter light, fields
12   washed gold, shadows burrow
08   long in furrows

18   wet cat jumps
12   on warm dry lap
08   smiling smugly

19   just eight
12   he steps on stage and
08   can’t stop giggling                          tierra pacifica charter school holiday play

20    crystals draw
12    all the candlelight
08    to her throat

21    like any other
12    but shorter this day
08    year of haiku

One year!