silent forest
 hikers wear bells
 to frighten bears

—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 5 August 2004 by Margarita Engle

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-05 21:37:28

    midnight, silent moon ...
    grey mouse scampers
    atop the palm tree fronds

    kate (chrismomxyz at yahoo dot com)
    2004-08-06 04:25:05

    a squirrel chases
    a squirrel around
    and around the poplar tree

    Narayanan Raghunathan (mahashishta at hotmail dot com)
    2004-08-13 06:46:10

    Thanks for this memorable Haiku.

    a squirrel ascends
    the mango tree ~ a parrot
    flutters spring melody~

    night forest silence~
    a disturbed bird call~
    sound of a river~

    misty forest dawn~
    sunlight conducts wild
    bird orchestras~

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-12 17:58:58

    silent night -
    standing in the snow