window closed,
up to the seventh floor
cascading cries of the cicada 

—Abigail Friedman

This haiku is reprinted, with the permission of the publisher, from The Haiku Apprentice. The book is both a gentle introduction to the art of haiku and a charming travelogue. It's an excellent, companionable guide to haiku and the culture from which it springs, and we at tinywords heartily recommend it!

About the author: Abigail Friedman is the author of The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in JapanThe Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan. She joined the United States Foreign Service in 1988 and has served her country in Washinton, Paris, Tokyo, and the Azores, and most recently as Consul General in Quebec City. She is a member of the Haiku Society of America and Haiku Canada and is a founding member of the bilingual Quebec Haiku Group in Quebec City.

Responses to the haiku for 19 September 2006 by Abigail Friedman

    Angelika Wienert
    2006-09-20 05:22:40

    this haiku looks like stairs and in the middle-line the "seventh floor" is mentioned -- i like this idea!

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2006-09-20 09:52:45

    After the midnight,
    the song of the crickets
    up to the stars

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-09-21 04:45:50

    empty shell
    hello silent cicada
    ┐winter nears?