Thursday, August 31, 2006

guest haiku by Levon Machenry

This one was posted here yesterday as a comment. Nice one, Levon!

hunting stories
the old cat yawns
& walks away

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

cooler weather -
the local deer processors

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

looking around to see
where the noise came from -
the fawns

Monday, August 28, 2006

in wet snow
a woodcock probes for worms
and finds one

Sunday, August 27, 2006

duck stamp -
the post office clerk says
good luck

Saturday, August 26, 2006

deep in the forest
big bucks lie motionless
facing the wind

Friday, August 25, 2006

frog pond
a duck flies over
without a sound

Thursday, August 24, 2006

March sunset -
the peent of a woodcock
in the cold air

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

back to school
trying to unlearn
a flinch

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

classic hunting haiku #8

This is another in our series of haiku from Issa.

year unknown


oya to ko to wakare wakare ya oware tori

parent and children
are separated...
hunted birds

Shinji Ogawa notes, "The phrase wakare wakare (are separated) is of the descriptive mood, not the imperative (split up!). The phrase oware tori means "chased birds."

The hunters are using falcons to catch their prey.

Translation and notes 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."

Monday, August 21, 2006

late afternoon sun
the escaping woodcock
flies straight into it

Sunday, August 20, 2006

cattails yellowing
vacant seats at double black
ducklings hide beneath

Saturday, August 19, 2006

grouse opener
the local road hunters
get oil changes

Friday, August 18, 2006

goose pimples
after plucking
the goose

Thursday, August 17, 2006

guest haiku by Levon Machenry

Here's a guest haiku by Levon Machenry that was first posted here as a comment on June 26, 2006. I have to admit I've been partial to this one since Levon first shared it with us.

lifting my fork...
the pull of the Coho
still in my arms

Thanks again Levon!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

cold night
a coyote's sudden howl
gives me chills

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

on television
the hunting show star makes
another easy kill

Monday, August 14, 2006

after the rain
a lone partridge pecks at some
dried up berries

Sunday, August 13, 2006

family plot -
from behind the gravestones
a grouse brood flushes

Saturday, August 12, 2006

a south wind
the birds waiting on

Friday, August 11, 2006

on deer stand
writing haiku
in my head

Thursday, August 10, 2006

brushy pasture
the old cow ignores a flight
of woodcock

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

warm evening
plenty of deer flies
but no deer

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

fall plumage
freshly painted decoys
dry on the lawn

Monday, August 07, 2006

summer's end
suddenly there are shooters
at the rifle range

Sunday, August 06, 2006

in a snag
along the abandoned road
a maple tap

Saturday, August 05, 2006

dead fish smell!
grandpa searches his wallet
for his license

Friday, August 04, 2006

nuisance hunt
blackbirds harrying
a harrier

Thursday, August 03, 2006

"fragile as eggs"
a box of clay birds

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Clouds Peak


Clouds Peak is still accepting haiku through September 25th! I have accepted a fair amount of haiku but there's still a lot of room in the second issue. If you haven't checked out the first issue, I hope you do; the poets in the first issue are really amazing. The graceful poets made Clouds Peak, not me. I look forward to your summer and autumn haiku!

Also, I updated today!

Dustin Neal
my found knife -
a deer hair in
last year's fat

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

in wet sand
where deer cross the creek
a boot print