astronomy book
  the Sea of Tranquillity
  heavy in my hands

—Margarita Engle

About the author: Margarita Engle (Englefam at is the author, most recently, of The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano (Henry Holt & Co., 2006). Word Wings (Elin Grace Publ.) is a collection of haiku and short poems for children.

She is also the author of two novels as well as shorter works selected for anthologies and literary journals in many countries, in several languages. She has won numerous literary awards.


Responses to the haiku for 17 June 2003 by Margarita Engle

    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-06-18 19:01:24

    What a lovely poem. It resonates with my own experiences with books and times of solitude.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-06-20 07:55:15

    interesting, margarita
    i was almost in agreement with ellen but, guys don't say lovely.

    WEG (the_renga_master at hotmail dot com)
    2003-09-03 18:21:25

    I think i like this. I was not expecting the word 'heavy' after tranquility but then that is what probably gives it _thoughtfulness_. It is one of the few haiku that i cannot immediately classify as good, bad or indifferent. I think it will grow on me --- very nice.

    john tiong chunghoo
    2003-12-31 22:59:26

    the sea of knowledge
    in my hands

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-06-22 05:13:59

    morning thoughts
    countless stars
    the night before ...
    on display before me