Crystal Ball

Last spring, when the pandemic was raging around the globe for the first time, a Facebook page called Haiku in the Time of Covid was formed by Danish poet Johannes S.H. Berg. Eventually, an anthology of  haiku poetry from that page  was published thanks to the hard  work of another poet, Margaret Dornaus. This poem appeared in the anthology and I created this digital painting to post here.


crystal ball
the fortune-teller sees
dark clouds

behind the mask: haiku in the time of covid


Edited by Margaret Lane Dornaus

Sings My Soul

I saw a Scarlet Tanager today. A rare sight in these parts. It must be the mulberries, ripening with giddy abandon. The bird perches on a branch outside my window for a few minutes, inviting admiration. An orange blur swoops in to claim the mulberry tree as his own. My oriole. I watch as he intimidates a squirrel and chases a pair of blue jays. Fair weather clouds wander by on a breeze. Oh, and the music of a song sparrow in my ears.

summer solstice
flowers of every color
vie for my attention

Failed Haiku A Journal of English Senryu

November 2017