Haiku in the Park

Sitting in the park
feeling gentle breezes blow
on a sunny day

Grass beneath my feet
cushions every step I take
as I stroll along

Flowers in a bed
brighten up the atmosphere
lovely to the eyes

In the distance, hear?
Birds are voicing their delight
in the springtime sun

Clouds are on the move
in the sky above my head
changing shapes again

Pleasant respite from
everyday’s incessant noise
makes me feel like new

Now I must go home
to resume my normal day—
that I’d left behind

 © 2014 Douglas P. Kendrick, all rights reserved.

Today’s Poem: me!


Wandering in vain
Has seldom let a man be
Anything but lost;
Is it any wonder, then
That people try to draw maps?

–Doug Kendrick

Yesterday, I made an effort to memorize the Naniwa Bay tanka poem that is used to start a Japanese Karuta match. With that buzzing through my brain, I woke up at 1:20 this morning with a haiku on my mind. I wrote it down in my bedside notebook, closed my eyes for 5 minutes and thought of the final two lines, turning it into my first-ever tanka (another Japanese poetry form also known as waka with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format).

I’m actually quite proud of myself–hopefully I’ll be able to post these from time to time.

© 2012 Douglas P. Kendrick, all rights reserved.