the itch
in your absence
poison oak

—Deborah P. Kolodji

First published in Haiku Harvest, Spring & Summer 2006
Reprinted in "rattle of bamboo," the 2007 haiku anthology by the Southern California Haiku Study Group

About the author: Deborah P. Kolodji
Pasadena, California
dkolodji at

Deborah P Kolodji is the President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the editor of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal.

Her work has appeared in many journals, both on and off the web. Unfinished Book, her chapbook of haiku, cinquains, and other short poems, was published by Shadows Ink Publications.

Responses to the haiku for 26 September 2007 by Deborah P. Kolodji

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-09-26 06:33:14

    the scratch
    alongside the itchy reddish rash--
    the ahhhhhh


    happy 26th of september, deb

    Bill Kenney
    2007-09-26 08:22:20

    Had me going for a couple of lines there. Nicely turned.

    Patricia (a/k/a Roswila) (maryschild44 at yahoo dot com)
    2007-09-26 12:55:48

    Love it! Really captures that sort of decided discomfort. :-D

    josh wikoff
    2007-09-27 08:29:54

    This had me squirming.