Monday, July 31, 2006

bolt action
a deer sprinting
and a shot

Sunday, July 30, 2006

good grouse year
the trucks all have
dog crates

Saturday, July 29, 2006

classic hunting haiku #7

This is another in our series of haiku from Issa.

1822

狩人の矢先としらぬかの子哉

kariudo no ya saki to shiranu ka no ko kana

oblivious
to the hunter's arrows...
a fawn


Translated by David G. Lanoue, who includes the following note: "Translations based on Issa zenshû (Nagano: Shinano Mainichi Shimbunsha, 1976-79) 9 volumes. Some of the translations first appeared in Issa, Cup-of-Tea Poems and Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa."

Friday, July 28, 2006

after grouse camp
the pain of shaving
three weeks' beard

Thursday, July 27, 2006

rural ornament
antler sheds on every
tool shed

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

chasing hounds
along the old railroad tracks
huffing and puffing

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

guest haiku by Levon Machenry

This was posted here as a comment yesterday. Thanks again, Levon.

autumn sunset
the old man whittles
a new duck call

Monday, July 24, 2006

a grouse drums
the bough cutters
stop to listen

Sunday, July 23, 2006

vineyard doe -
mustn't forget a
bottle of red

Saturday, July 22, 2006

almost duck season
the docks
pulled up on shore

Friday, July 21, 2006

July heat
on a shelf in the mudroom
freezer paper

Thursday, July 20, 2006

and suddenly
the two young fawns
are orphans

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

ripe blueberries
the shadow of a vulture
circling

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

drainage pond
the bullfrogs tired from
all the croaking

Monday, July 17, 2006

the white belly
of a cottontail taking
a dust bath

Sunday, July 16, 2006

autumn bird hunt
behind the tree
an elk peers

Saturday, July 15, 2006

driveway deer
who is more surprised
to see whom?

Friday, July 14, 2006

summer grape
a brood of grouse
struggle to lift off

Thursday, July 13, 2006

midsummer vineyard
the deer ignores the grapes
but eats the shoots

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

tall like a giraffe
prey at the watering hole
awkward fear and grace

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

summer deer stand
before the thunderstorm
that gun metal smell

Monday, July 10, 2006

spring grouse woods -
filled with the beats of
different drummers

Sunday, July 09, 2006

ready for grouse
with their .22s
bough cutters

Saturday, July 08, 2006

on deer stand
fighting the absence
of the beast

Friday, July 07, 2006

waxing moon
an owl flies over
the vineyard

Thursday, July 06, 2006

three dollar gas -
my fall grouse odyssey may be
an odyssette

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

game supper
the guest bites down on
a # 6 shot

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

independence day
leaving for my three week
grouse odyssey

Monday, July 03, 2006

crawling
closer to the big buck -
corn stalk

Sunday, July 02, 2006

dusk . . .
the doe in the road crosses
a deer carcass

Saturday, July 01, 2006

hunters in the snow
coming back empty handed
evening bonfire