roadside stand
the vendor eats one berry
from each basket

—Margarita Engle
        

In this senryu, I have tried to show both humor and sympathy, after watching a vendor sneak strawberries he is supposed to be selling.

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 5 July 2006 by Margarita Engle

  1.  
    Magyar
    2006-07-05 08:23:06
     

    Margarita,
    A vivid, familiar image_! Havn't we all impulsivly sampled on occasion... thereby generating our -sympathy- for the innocence of whim_?

    newsstand
    keeper sneaks a centerfold peek

  2.  
    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2006-07-05 11:45:25
     

    Police raid on the street...
    Lo: the fingers of the vendor
    are bleeding just now!

  3.  
    Andrea
    2006-07-05 11:50:52
     

    so delicate and clever... a real senryu and real masterpiece (in my humble opinion!)...

  4.  
    peter mays
    2006-07-05 19:07:01
     

    very nice haiku.

    lake tahoe
    a bear cub sips a beer
    in the back of a convertible

  5.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-07-06 03:54:07
     

    grocery aisle-
    touching the same artichoke
    we exchange smiles

  6.  
    Georgia
    2006-07-06 13:07:35
     

    Evocative.

    sunny field
    feral strawberries
    happy child

  7.  
    2006-07-08 07:59:08
     

    Dear Margarita
    I thoroughly enjoyed your masterful senryu. Thank you for sharing it.

  8.  
    b.m.r.
    2009-07-16 16:26:03
     

    humid summer day
    limp umbrella tree leaves--
    still as a statue

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