a dog barks
the freight train’s length




8 Responses

  1. Marilyn Says:

    Wonderful! I can hear it . . . Thank you . . .

  2. michaelbaeyens Says:

    Thank you for your kind comment, Marilyn.

  3. June Rose Dowis Says:

    This is really wonderful. Thank you.

  4. michaelbaeyens Says:

    I'm glad you've enjoyed it, June!

  5. Lynne Rees Says:

    Such a lovely drawn out feel to this as the train passes and the dog's bark fades, as we leave the haiku. and we're left alone in the dark and silence with the memory, and probably more memories. So rich. Really beautiful.

  6. michaelbaeyens Says:

    Thank you for your thoughts, Lynne. I'm glad you enjoy the haiku.

  7. Alan Summers Says:


    a dog barks
    the freight train’s length


    I am a sucker for train haiku, and I rarely hear or see dogs at the moment, but two rescued Lurchers are heading over for a quick visit over Christmas, for a winter walk. They will have me on a leash, of course.

    The last line is incredibly atmospheric, capturing both film and television experiences of iconic train adventures to my own travelling through Europe during and post-Cold War!

    The word midnight always conjures up multiple images, thoughts, senses, and feelings, and a dog in the night, plus the freight train, makes for an incredible adventure of a haiku, thank you!

    I can't manage trains and dogs but what about Paris, snow, and a really good 'long' cup of coffee?

    café longueur
    a Parisian train station
    invents snow

    Alan Summers
    Presence #68 (November 2020)


    a dog all smiles
    can't wait to say hello
    we talk secretly

    Alan Summers
    Weird Laburnum ed. Michael O’Brien (September 2019)
    From "The Letter D is Missing" (a muri-bun)
    From the “Surrealism as Truth series” in association with “the dogs of name.”

  8. michaelbaeyens Says:

    Thank you very much for your thoughts and your own train haiku, Alan. As a life-long train commuter I have to say they hold a special place in my heart as well.

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