falling star
the child stares
at my finger

—Bill Kenney
        

About the author: Bill Kenney has been writing haiku since a month before his seventy-second birthday. His work has appeared in various online and print publications and anthologies. He is one of the poets featured in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2007).

Also see Bill Kenney's weblog.

Responses to the haiku for 20 February 2008 by Bill Kenney

  1.  
    kala ramesh
    2008-02-20 18:24:32
     

    Beautiful Bill

    How do you do it?
    The naturalness of the moment so well caught.
    _kala

  2.  
    aurora
    2008-02-20 19:06:52
     

    I agree with Kala: gently and subtlely caught.

  3.  
    Bill Kenney
    2008-02-20 20:22:25
     

    Thanks, kala and aurora. Hey, let's give the kid some credit!

  4.  
    il.balan
    2008-02-20 21:16:50
     

    the innocent eyes of a child. beautiful moment to share. thank you Bill

  5.  
    Susan
    2008-02-20 21:24:14
     

    Liked it when I first read it, Bill, and I haven't changed my mind. Nicely done and, as is often said, you make it sound so easy.

  6.  
    H. Gene Murtha
    2008-02-20 21:36:28
     

    lovely Bill. Children never surprise you,
    do they.

  7.  
    Dana-Maria Onica
    2008-02-20 22:34:50
     

    Dear Bill, I am happy to read again this excellent poem.
    All of us have begun by staring at someone's finger, more or less figuratively speaking...:)

  8.  
    Allison Millcock
    2008-02-20 23:55:16
     

    HI Bill. I remember this one. Loved it then... still love it.

  9.  
    Alan Summers
    2008-02-21 03:05:41
     

    It's one of those universal things that haiku can capture so perfectly.

    You have done this without embellishment, and its simplicity is breaktaking for that.

    It continues to resonate long after it's read.

    Thanks for a lovely start to the day.

  10.  
    Lesley Dewar
    2008-02-21 03:34:37
     

    I loved this image - so clear, so true, so gentle. I can feel the finger turning to point towards me as your bring me into your world. Thank you, Bill.

  11.  
    Scott Mason
    2008-02-21 07:51:10
     

    Peggy Lee ("Is that all there is") couldn't have said it better. Bravo!

  12.  
    Andrea (andrea dot cecon at gmail dot com)
    2008-02-21 09:40:35
     

    Bill, I love very much this excellent poem... so simple, so clear... bravo!

  13.  
    Karen Cesar
    2008-02-21 09:50:02
     

    Beautifully simple and elegant, as always, Bill.

    Karen

  14.  
    terrytip
    2008-02-21 10:03:17
     

    Reminds me, years ago I pointed out the moon to a friend's small child... days later he wanted to see the moon again... but that day the moon was not visable... he cried and cried because we couldn't find it.

  15.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-02-21 10:49:00
     

    bill, day after day after day... i've continually read the endless euphemism in vain responses; portraying professional courtesy, i'd guess, or possibly not knowing better?
    FINALLY, i'm reading something worthy of each praise.

    good job, bill

    having said all this, rather than use stares, had you considered gapes, or gawks--

  16.  
    Collin Barber
    2008-02-21 12:23:17
     

    Good to see this one here, Bill. As you already know, it's one of my favorites of yours.

    Very nice!

  17.  
    Magyar (magyar0109 at aol dot com)
    2008-02-22 07:08:40
     

    Bill,
    There is little I can offer that hasn't been said, just this single word. Grand!
    _m

  18.  
    josh wikoff
    2008-02-22 08:24:21
     

    Don't point that thing at me, Bill.

    Nice 'ku!

  19.  
    laryalee
    2008-02-23 17:25:38
     

    Hi Bill,
    so nice to see you here again!
    And this is such a warm and touching moment...
    ;)
    Lary

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