furnace man 
his soft grumble
as he tunes the boiler

—Jeffrey Winke

About the author: Jeffrey Winke, jeff_winke at yahoo dot com

Jeffrey Winke is an industrial writer and adjunct university professor of modern poetry, business communication and public speaking in Milwaukee, Wis. His recent book What's Not There: Selected Haiku of Jeffrey Winke is a 2002 Merit Book Award winner. His motion graphics haiku collection, Chances, has been selected as a Cool Site winner. And a collection of Winke's essays combined with found art was recently exhibited at Milwaukee's Green Dragon Freedom Cafè gallery.

Responses to the haiku for 14 October 2003 by Jeffrey Winke

    Elbert Pruitt
    2003-10-15 00:56:27

    No one knows the music of a boiler better than the furnace man, and I find good humor in imagining that he is carefully tuning the boiler to his own soft grumble. Bravo, Maestro Winke.

    Stanford M. Forrester (bottlerockets_99 at yahoo dot com)
    2003-10-15 09:32:12

    What a great senryu. So many plays here. We have "grumble" played against "tunes" and the "grumble" of the furnace. And the feeling that this man has worked so many years with furnaces, he's become one. Just wonderful and original.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-10-17 20:08:03

    darkening skies -
    she makes ready to leave him
    storm approaches

    john tiong chunghoo
    2003-12-05 06:14:39

    empty church
    the whisper
    of my prayers

    ed markowski (1elmarko at comcast dot net)
    2004-01-20 01:09:22

    fine tuning
    the choir's upright piano

    the dissonance
    of church gossip

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-07-21 19:43:16

    saying goodbye
    out in the rain --
    waning moon, sheds a tear