just enough silence
 to make the crows

—Margarita Engle

About the author: Margarita Engle (Englefam at Earthlink.net) 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 24 February 2004 by Margarita Engle

    Yvonne Cabalona (YCabalona at sylvan dot k12 dot ca dot us)
    2004-02-24 18:07:06

    Nice haiku, Margarita. I guess it can get just a bit too quiet, even for crows. Be well!!

    Yvonne in Modesto

    Marjo in San Francisco (marjosfo at earthlink dot net)
    2004-02-24 20:56:36

    can hear
    cat slinking

    Artsy (artsysf at earthlink dot net)
    2004-02-24 22:06:32

    parasailing Acapulco Bay
    floating in the wind
    ....utter silence

    Beth Rankin Campbell (bethrankin at hotmail dot com)
    2004-02-24 22:34:43

    Winter sky at night-
    The Moon playing peek-a-boo
    Behind moving clouds.

    Mark Eugenio (PatuissetIsland at aol dot com)
    2004-02-25 03:02:46

    snow moon--
    soft music
    from parked car

    john tiong chunghoo
    2004-02-25 03:17:03

    the silence
    after the loud bang
    of the door

    Cheryle Jenson
    2004-02-25 05:23:40

    teacher's payday--
    silence after the
    last bell rings!

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-02-25 13:11:30

    just enough silence
    hearing ...
    each raindrop

    Mark Eugenio (PatuissetIsland at aol dot com)
    2004-02-25 16:34:17

    children playing
    with telltale silence--
    jam jar

    Ann K. Schwader (schwader at earthlink dot net)
    2004-02-25 16:52:36

    This has a world of elegant dark atmosphere in a very few words. Excellent & chilling!

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-11 18:35:48

    cold midnight silence --
    the cricket, oblivious