Saturday, October 24, 2009

Haiku from Hawaii 11

Brown-orange earth clings fast
to black sandals - relic of
a recent journey.


  1. Kyle, I've been following your Haikus from Hawaii, and I REALLY enjoy them. They're poignant, insightful, revelatory and compact. I don't know how long you spend on these creations, but they are quite good. The beauty of them is that they convey so much emotion and other accretions in the words that you choose. I'd encourage you to keep up this discipline if you are enjoying it. Could be a nice way to use some of your literary talents and perhaps even combine it with music somehow.

    Clearly, I do not
    have your gift of brevity.
    Nicely done, my friend.

  2. Thanks, Oby! I've read lots of poems preparing to write my first opera. (Hey, that's a haiku!)

    Great to hear from you. I definitely want to keep writing while I have the time.

    I've been reading Dickinson, Whitman, Thoreau... my two new favorites are William Carlos Williams, and 17th-century haiku poet Matsuo Basho.

    My new favorite poem, written in 2001, is Night in Kalapa by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: