Haiku spring:
white blossoms
on an old, black bough.


—d. f. tweney
        

This haiku kicked off the first World-Wide Wireless Haiku Open Mike on World Poetry Day -- and the first day of Spring.

People around the world contributed their own haiku in response. At noon March 21, tinywords publisher D. F. Tweney used a WiFi connection to read the contributed haiku aloud in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens, and subsequently emailed the haiku to an international "virtual audience."

more details here

About the author: d. f. tweney (dft at tinywords dot com) is the publisher and chief haikuvangelist of tinywords.com. A technology journalist, he has also worked as a weed whacker, pizza chef, ESL teacher, and environmental activist, and he won the Boston Poetry Slam in 1992. He is secretly Canadian.

 

Responses to the haiku for 21 March 2003 by d. f. tweney

  1.  
    d. f. tweney (dft at tinywords dot com)
    2003-03-20 10:43:47
     

    Hello and welcome to the first-ever world-wide, wireless, ad-hoc, open-mike haiku reading!

    Haiku has its roots in an 800-year-old Japanese tradition called renga or renku. In renga, groups of people would gather together to write collaborative, linked poems. One person would contribute a stanza of seventeen characters, called a hokku, to kick things off. Then others would respond in turn with their own short stanzas, each one being explicitly or implicitly linked with the ones before it. The result was a long, linked, collectively written poem.

    In the 17th century, a genius named Matsuo Basho started adapting the form and writing 17-character poems intended to stand on their own. These poems emphasized immediacy and vividness of observation, and took as their subjects the natural world and the poet's relation to it. This form became known as haiku, and the tradition has since spread around the world.

    Today, haiku is a truly international art form. It's also one of the most democratic, because haiku are easy to read and understand, and because anyone can write a haiku. What's more, haiku can help increase understanding and awareness -- as you delve deeper into the "haiku mind," you become more attuned to the world and the people around you.

    In today's event, poets around the world will contribute their own haiku to this page. As they do so, the haiku will be read aloud and will also be broadcast to a mailing list of virtual participants. And the result, at the end of the day, will be an echo of haiku's origins in collaborative poetry. Indeed, in one sense we will be creating a long, virtual renga, right here on this page.

    Let the renga begin!

    About haiku and how to write it
    Sign up for our World Poetry Day mailing list
    Get more details on the World Poetry Day event

  2.  
    K. Ramesh (aniram86 at rediffmail dot com)
    2003-03-21 09:07:22
     

    dawn...
    the kitten still sleeping
    on the dog's belly

  3.  
    Sue Mill
    2003-03-21 09:52:27
     

    passing plane
    the sudden absence
    of cicada song

    -Sue Mill

  4.  
    Ken Ritchie
    2003-03-21 09:53:07
     

    The Gardener

    One day at a time,
    patiently he tends each one,
    watching children grow.

    --Ken Ritchie

    honoring my Dad,
    the Gardener I knew best,
    Clinton McCay Ritchie (1921-1981)

  5.  
    2003-03-21 10:17:12
     

    golf war -
    the loud clash
    of plaid pants

    deborah russell

  6.  
    Jon Summers (SummersJ at Logica dot Com)
    2003-03-21 10:20:32
     

    Mowing the lawn -
    spring's first daisy
    peeking
    through the grass.

  7.  
    2003-03-21 10:20:48
     

    budding dogwood
    what colour
    goes with war?

  8.  
    Faith Varrone (f dot varrone at att dot net)
    2003-03-21 10:23:41
     

    Flashes of White Light
    Behind the dark silhouette
    of the newscaster

  9.  
    Jon Summers
    2003-03-21 10:25:29
     

    Blue tits,
    thrushes
    all nesting in the garden
    this morning.

  10.  
    paul m.
    2003-03-21 10:32:59
     

    this year’s honeysuckle
    a final hike
    down the mountain

  11.  
    John Vincent
    2003-03-21 10:45:03
     

    on msnbc
    the guy smirks
    and shows shelled tanks

  12.  
    Sean Joseph Mackey
    2003-03-21 10:46:12
     

    war without bleeding
    lightning without thunder claps
    when will the rain start?

  13.  
    John Vincent
    2003-03-21 11:05:58
     

    rain outside
    in the dog's mouth
    his entire foot

  14.  
    alex d
    2003-03-21 11:08:56
     

    dust blows
    through newspaper pages
    to other dust

  15.  
    b'oki. (bettewappner at earthlink dot net)
    2003-03-21 11:13:18
     

    the maple tree
    sprouts buds of burgandy
    an old bird's nest
    ---b'oki.

  16.  
    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-03-21 11:16:54
     

    rarely at your grave--
    geranium blooms freely
    on your workshop stool

    in loving memory of my father,
    Harold A. Borgh

  17.  
    2003-03-21 11:30:58
     

    early spring
    no visitors
    just a butterfly

  18.  
    Ann K. Schwader
    2003-03-21 11:34:40
     

    spring blizzard
    drifts shoulder high
    sundial tip

  19.  
    Carole (chaiku at onlyinternet dot net)
    2003-03-21 11:34:58
     

    birds chatting
    crocus in a patch of snow
    spring awakens...

  20.  
    Margaret Hehman-Smith (hehmansmith at earthlink dot net)
    2003-03-21 11:41:34
     

    bleeding sunset
    last of the green tomatoes
    ripening

    Margaret Hehman-Smith

  21.  
    John Vincent
    2003-03-21 11:59:11
     

    clinicians don't use
    the ego or superego anymore
    but theorists do

  22.  
    John Vincent
    2003-03-21 12:00:33
     

    Allan Isaac
    in my office
    says I want juice

  23.  
    Billie Wilson (akwilsons at gci dot net)
    2003-03-21 12:05:02
     

    war in the headlines--
    early robins forage
    in snowmelt

  24.  
    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-03-21 12:06:52
     

    Ash Wednesday--
    the white rose
    bows its head

  25.  
    Rich Magahiz (rmagahiz at yahoo dot com)
    2003-03-21 12:07:15
     

    Yesterday's commute,
    red-tailed hawk -
    today: two hawks

  26.  
    2003-03-21 12:14:31
     

    Young blossom
    in her creased old hand.
    My mother sitting, ages


    For Adčle

  27.  
    Sally Jensen (hopalongsail at yahoo dot com)
    2003-03-21 12:25:40
     

    a following breeze
    fills our sails
    moving day once again

  28.  
    Deborah P. Kolodji (dkolodji at aol dot com)
    2003-03-21 12:39:58
     

    golden poppies
    as I drive through the pass
    descent into spring

  29.  
    Bill Waters
    2003-03-21 13:06:00
     

    retired colonel
    he plants his flowers
    in serried ranks

  30.  
    Patricia Kelly (PatriciaGrace at yahoo dot com)
    2003-03-21 13:07:13
     

    sun through
    warm fog --
    nothing but war news

  31.  
    Nanci B
    2003-03-21 13:11:28
     

    Two haiku:

    Bombs drop, children cry
    The moon that shines on Iraq
    Also shines on me.

    Spring brings soft, sweet smells
    but this morning in Basra
    We smell only smoke.

  32.  
    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-03-21 13:13:26
     

    birds perch
    in sheltering branches--
    a grain of mustard seed

    (Matthew 13: 31-32)

    TIME OF SINGING, 1995

  33.  
    bobby michael richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-03-21 13:30:29
     

    seasons come and go...
    the ageless tree before me
    my sighs, for times past

  34.  
    Rochelle Kaplan
    2003-03-21 13:54:41
     

    Puffed up billows of white cloud
    Buffed up pillows float
    There I'll rest my head

  35.  
    M. E. Nelson (lisha65 at msn dot com)
    2003-03-21 14:27:28
     

    snow falling
    robins peck at
    the frozen ground

  36.  
    shirley weese (sweese at island dot net)
    2003-03-21 14:32:48
     

    spring snow storm
    cat curls up on lap
    another cup of coffee

  37.  
    shirley weese (sweese at island dot net)
    2003-03-21 14:33:00
     

    spring snow storm
    cat curls up on lap
    another cup of coffee

  38.  
    Judith A. Lawrence
    2003-03-21 14:36:55
     

    A chill wind blew in,
    the tulips came too early,
    petals on the snow.

    ŠJudith A. Lawrence

  39.  
    Jon Summers (JonSummers at Hazaar dot fsnet dot co dot uk)
    2003-03-21 14:47:15
     

    Full moon:
    war talk
    on the radio.

  40.  
    Alexa Page
    2003-03-21 14:48:01
     

    unopen iron gate
    the fragrant white blossoms
    blow through anyway

  41.  
    Lydia Lee
    2003-03-21 15:02:10
     

    like tiny tanks, snails
    approach the new flowerbed.
    run, plants, run.

  42.  
    Korinne (Chiefstar at webtv dot net)
    2003-03-21 15:04:17
     

    dark clouds, single beacon of sun
    does the sailboat realize it is within the beacon?

  43.  
    Margarita Engle (Englefam at Earthlink dot net)
    2003-03-21 15:08:32
     

    spring breeze
    a parade of twirling
    pear blossoms

  44.  
    Carole of San Francisco
    2003-03-21 15:08:37
     

    joy -- wonderful joy--
    wonderful day--
    prosperity! wonderful joy!

  45.  
    sofia mauja (sofia_mauja at yahoo dot com)
    2003-03-21 15:11:04
     

    seen under covers
    new loves wrapped in stolen night
    holding off morning

  46.  
    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-03-21 15:22:32
     

    TWO HAIKU FOR ROBINS

    A few petunias
    Snapdragons, gold and white mums
    The robins are gone.

    Holding in my heart
    As days become cold and dark
    Robins will return.

  47.  
    sofia mauja (sofia_mauja at yahoo dot com)
    2003-03-21 15:27:17
     

    towers against trees
    metal brackets in clear sky
    thin-slicing heaven

  48.  
    bobby michael richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-03-21 15:32:09
     

    bird of tourmaline...
    her wings' breeze, brushed my cheeks...
    perch, my fingertips

  49.  
    Debbie B in C
    2003-03-21 15:40:21
     

    gentle rain
    washing away
    last of winter's white

  50.  
    Peter H Evans (Peterhphotographics at macunlimited dot net)
    2003-03-21 15:47:57
     

    May I say what a great idea this is! I live in England so I won't be at the live event. I hope it goes well. I am one of your subscribers and I've sent my 'attempt' at a haiku in a reply to your daily e-mail! Here it goes again in case you haven't received it.

    stormy night
    neighbour's windchimes ring
    a blackbird sings

    There it is I hope you like it!

    Regards Peter H Evans, Ilford, Essex UK

  51.  
    John Vincent
    2003-03-21 17:20:10
     

    sod strips unrolled
    where the barn was
    a tender green

  52.  
    Liza Janco (janco at iquest dot net)
    2003-03-21 17:20:22
     

    Buttoning her back
    one never fading flower,
    peace-seeking tattoo.

  53.  
    John Vincent
    2003-03-21 17:24:30
     

    a paperback mystery
    a dog's bone
    marking the page

  54.  
    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-03-21 17:25:39
     

    Thank you very much.

    Coming out of
    anesthesia...
    the Cross on the wall

    TIME OF SINGING, 1997
    AND SO MY SOUL, 2001

  55.  
    Ken Ritchie
    2003-03-21 17:41:13
     

    Lullabye

    Mommy holds me close,
    rocking softly, singing low,
    almost sleeping now.

    --Ken Ritchie

    honoring my Mom,
    raising children, making home,
    Charlotte Ritchie Leach (1921-)

  56.  
    Sue Mill
    2003-03-21 21:32:55
     

    spring rain--
    closed green shutters
    on the abortion clinic

  57.  
    Cindy Tebo
    2003-03-21 23:05:46
     

    baghdad burning
    a hint of red
    in the cedars

  58.  
    kelley (kelleywhitemd at yahoo dot com)
    2003-03-21 23:05:56
     

    in the buzzing air
    a flag hangs limply upside-
    down beside the door

  59.  
    Chloe (dahlia23 at eudoramail dot com)
    2003-03-24 03:53:47
     

    I like the haiku! inspiring and refershing. =)

  60.  
    Stella Siador (stelmar90 at zworg dot com)
    2003-03-25 15:52:24
     

    Wow! I liked this chain of haiku and enjoyed reading them.

  61.  
    2003-03-26 05:31:52
     

    Hey Dylan, this is Ezra Pound!
    For all I know this was obvious straightaway to everyone else, but the familiarity of your haiku (Haiku spring...) bothered me for several days, until it came to me:

         In a Station of the Metro
    The apparition of these faces in the crowd :
      Petals, on a wet, black bough.

  62.  
    Guy
    2003-03-27 13:58:10
     

    ...so it's an "homage" then?

  63.  
    Martin Gottlieb Cohen
    2003-03-27 17:15:34
     

    Better late than never...

    twilight
    The Wonder Wheel's car rolls to the night's edge

    http://history.amusement-parks.com/users/adamsandy/wonderwheel.htm

  64.  
    martin
    2003-03-27 17:27:23
     

    rolling thunder
    the ditch wet with blood

  65.  
    Jeanette Oestermyer
    2003-03-28 11:09:41
     

    I enjoyed reading all the Haiku. I was too busy to submit, but wish I had done so. A Haiku anyway, jo

    white clouds hover
    above El Cap's snowy peak
    mesh - become one

  66.  
    I.Ishaq (ishaqi74 at yahoo dot com)
    2003-04-30 05:35:09
     

    all haiku very good&meeningfull metters
    i thing haiku is very small&powerfull

  67.  
    john tiong chunghoo
    2004-01-12 10:28:31
     

    in praise of creator
    meditating frogs join
    the lilies

  68.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-06-04 19:52:15
     

    life lines
    running through the dark brown-black bark --
    haiku moment

    -

  69.  
    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-07-20 01:32:57
     

    Vernal equinox -
    for a moment the old tree plum
    rejuvenates too

  70.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-12-31 17:35:22
     

    wintry-rain
    drips from the green umbrella tree leaf
    upon my head

    -

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