old porch
the lost art
of sitting still

—Margarita Engle

In an old neighborhood, I felt the lure of a ramshackle porch...

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 27 May 2006 by Margarita Engle

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2006-05-27 06:49:32

    A confused bee
    on the painted flowers...
    artificial pollination

    Mike Cherry
    2006-05-27 10:06:56

    I am totally new to haiku. And I loved Ms. Engle's haiku. But, I do not understand the 5-7-5 of her haiku. Could someone explain the form she is using to this newbie, or point me to a online reference that explains it. Thanks ever so much.

    By the way Vasile, your haiku was also expressive and beautiful.

    Michael C

    Angelika Wienert
    2006-05-27 12:17:25

    Perhaps you like to read in "Simply Haiku" (a quarterly haiku-net-magazine)

    here the link:


    Tom Mueller (orkie44 at aol dot com)
    2006-05-27 13:28:21

    HAIKU (HIGH-koo)
    A Japanese form of poetry consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. The elusive flavor of the form, however, lies more in its touch and tone than in its syllabic structure. Deeply imbedded in Japanese culture and strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism, haiku are very brief descriptions of nature that convey some implicit insight or essence of a moment.

    2006-05-27 17:12:47

    Great answer, Tom--thanks for that description. There's also more information right here on the tinywords site: see about haiku.

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-05-28 16:16:13

    spring pollen--
    breeze brings to life
    broken yellow rocker

    2006-05-28 19:40:55

    old black rocker
    mom paints bright yellow--
    nurturing hope

    2006-05-29 12:41:01

    Also worth checking out:
    The Poetic Image: haiku & photography
    Just click onto Publications.

    This collection, guest edited by Alan Summers and Roger Brown, contains work by an international cast of thirty-one poets and photographers, from Birmingham to Brazil, and several points in between.

    The collection is available for free download.

    Ellen Olinger
    2006-05-30 06:42:02

    first hummingbird
    finds the bleeding hearts

    2009-06-06 10:20:12

    ellen, it took me only 3 years to finally read your response, and as tom m. stated "essence of a moment". funny, the things the heart endures once healing sets in...


    spring silence--
    ensuing dogfight
    mockingbirds, blackbird's flight