rising and falling 
the scent of tortillas 
from shore

—Josh Wikoff
        

In Spanish translation:

oleandose
el olor de tortilla
desde la playa

A fond memory from my "...years before the mast".

About the author: Josh lives with his wife and daughters in Northern California. Some of his poems have sllipped past the editors of Acorn, Asahi Haikuist Network, Chrysanthemum, The Heron's Nest, Lynx, Mariposa, Roadrunner, Shamrock Haiku Journal, and Tinywords.

Responses to the haiku for 13 February 2008 by Josh Wikoff

  1.  
    2008-02-13 04:11:38
     

    Beautiful, and a classic example of when to use the 'ing' in haiku.

    rising and falling
    the scent of tortillas
    from shore


    Smell is such an important, but underused, device for haiku, so I am pleased to see it here.

  2.  
    Reason A. Poteet
    2008-02-13 05:30:21
     

    this is good. ground beef, garlic, onions and chili peppers yum, yum. good enough for breakfast. this is good.

  3.  
    Bill Kenney
    2008-02-13 06:12:42
     

    If I take a deep breath,I can almost smell it.

  4.  
    Penelope
    2008-02-13 07:25:00
     

    embracing
    seaside luncheon
    another margarita?

  5.  
    kala ramesh
    2008-02-13 08:01:41
     

    Hi Josh,

    There is so much rhythm here. Love it.
    _kala

  6.  
    River Malcolm
    2008-02-13 12:19:04
     

    Dear Josh, Oh my goodness! I felt the boat lifting and dropping on the waves, the smell of fresh handmade torillas came wafting, a whole sense of Mexican culture...
    Thank you. Haiku as a shared moment of being totally present to the joy of being--you made it happen!!!

  7.  
    Melissa
    2008-02-13 13:25:34
     

    Josh--Wow! You've taken all of us readers for a sail off of some aromatic Mexican shore. Mucho sabor! Muchas gracias, amigo!

  8.  
    Carly
    2008-02-13 13:32:46
     

    Josh- you perfectly captured the moment and took us with you

  9.  
    josh wikoff
    2008-02-13 13:47:12
     

    Thanks everyone!

    These Costa Rican tortillas smelled just as delicious as the Mexican, Guatemalan, and Nicaraguan ones I had eaten all down the coast.

    morning moon
    tearing off a piece
    of tortilla

  10.  
    lorin
    2008-02-13 15:21:08
     

    Josh... this one's immediate. Just reading it makes me want to be out there on those waves, close enough to South America to smell the food cooking. Mmmm...

    Before I read your 'in memory of...' it could've been a ship, yacht, fishing boat or surfboard...all rising and falling with the dip and swell.

    lorin

  11.  
    myron lysenko
    2008-02-13 15:28:53
     

    Ah yes Josh - a delicious haiku. i can smell it, and i can see, i want to eat it...

  12.  
    laryalee
    2008-02-13 19:03:15
     

    An unusual and delightful combination, Josh...
    good work!
    ;)
    Lary

  13.  
    il.balan
    2008-02-13 19:12:16
     

    un gusto leerte por aqui, amigo Josh

    nice ku!

  14.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-02-17 20:05:10
     

    silhouettes forming one
    chased cross the sands by
    luminated footprint

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