day moon
the tethered weight
of father’s watch


(Shiki Kukai, 2nd Place, June 2012)

10 Responses

  1. Gene Murtha Says:

    a beautiful yet moving haiku Roberta


  2. Roberta Beary Says:

    thank you Gene harder to let go than I thought it would be.

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Using that extra word 'tethered' lifts this from being a good haiku to a great example of what haiku is.


  4. Brandon Bordelon Says:

    heirloom pocket watch–
    how father taught me to read
    Roman numerals

  5. Frances Sinderwahl Says:

    An amazing haiku, Roberta, its meanings keep on going, taking me along! Especially touching.

  6. h gene murtha Says:

    Those personal poems are always
    difficult to let go. Some folks never
    understood how i could withdraw
    a poem? Sometimes you're just not
    ready to share your emotions with
    the world!

  7. Madhu Says:

    Poignant and touching. Thank you, a great haiku.

  8. Ross CLARK Says:

    Resonant . . . so much depends on "tethered".

  9. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:


    It will be the third anniversary of my father's death in a couple of weeks. My husband and I gave him a gold pocket watch for Christmas, many years ago. I'd forgotten all about it until I read your poem.

    sunshine on the lough
    Dad's pocket watch
    still shining

  10. Thomas P Says:

    A ghost in the cold light of day. The time a loved one's pocket watch kept, and the time it keeps now. A very moving poem.

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