even worse
than the baby's screams,
its silence

—Charles Trumbull

Previously published: Shiki Internet Haiku Salon free-format kukai September 14, 1997 "silence" 3rd; appeared (in a slightly different form) in "Snow & Ice," a rengay with Bill Lerz and Joseph Kirschner, included in 3 x 3 x 3, A Triple Rengay Sequence (1998)

About the author: Charles Trumbull is an editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica and lives in Evanston, Illinois. He has been writing haiku since 1991. He was editor (1996-2002) of the Haiku Society of America Newsletter, president of the HSA in 2004 and 2005, and an organizer of the Haiku North America 1999 conference. He is currently editor of Modern Haiku and proprietor of Deep North Press, a publisher of haiku books.

No Web page yet; e-mail: trumbullc at comcast dot net

Responses to the haiku for 16 January 2003 by Charles Trumbull

    2003-03-04 17:31:46

    The emptiness of the last line fills the house. I love getting tinywords email every day, but this is the only haiku I have saved.

    W.E.G. (the_renga_master at hotmail dot com)
    2003-09-04 18:17:56

    dear Charlie: been out of ku-land for a few months again, had a heavy argument with someone. Any ways you have frequently sent forgetable stuff to tinywords but this one about a baby is definitely good. E as in Elliott.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-24 17:57:30

    unbearable silence:
    a voice
    no longer heard

    john tiong chunghoo
    2004-02-03 10:47:37

    after the door bang
    the searing

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-05-30 16:12:13

    even better
    than the smile,
    the words --


    Vasile Moldovan
    2009-01-12 01:37:31

    immense emptyness-
    the silence from behind
    a child's cry

    2009-01-14 04:35:18

    palmetto rush hour--
    middle of pond's hush
    solitary duck