time with dad--
potato salad
on the headstone


—Mike Farley
        

About the author: I live with my wife Shirlee on a cattle ranch near the little ski town of Red Lodge, Montana, and have been loving and writing haiku for several years now. I draw my inspiration from the images of the high-plains, mountains, weather, wildlife, livestock, ranch work and outdoor recreation which surround me daily.

Responses to the haiku for 11 September 2006 by Mike Farley

  1.  
    2006-09-11 05:15:52
     

    This was a haiku I really liked, both for its originality and its heart. The tone is beautifully restrained and so the more powerful for that.

  2.  
    Angelika Wienert
    2006-09-11 05:47:49
     

    a good haiku!

    this "potato salad" brings me back to my own childhood, my "time with dad"

  3.  
    laryalee
    2006-09-11 20:16:01
     

    Mike, this one brings a lump to my throat...
    so tender, so memorable.
    Lary

  4.  
    mike farley
    2006-09-11 22:03:20
     

    Thank you all so much for your thoughtful responses and encouragement.

  5.  
    Carole
    2006-09-12 11:01:48
     

    I like your haiku very much, Mike. Gravesites are so peaceful and quiet...what better place to remember out parents and picnic a little too.

    Carole

  6.  
    2006-09-12 11:44:26
     

    That's really beautiful. I've been thinking lately of my own father, who passed 18 years ago.

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    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-09-12 15:50:16
     

    how many times mom buttoned my coat
    chilling breeze
    cross her grave

  8.  
    2006-09-19 00:42:40
     

    Moving, but lets hope not prophetic... No, for me, it'd be a solitary visit eating absentmindedly only what my cold hands found in my jacket pocket -probably fuzz-covered mentos mixed with tear salt.

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    b.m.r.
    2009-09-29 18:21:28
     

    ...autumn sunday festive meal
    seeing her, once more
    obon

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