ripples split the pickerel weed--
     an empty canoe
          drifts to shore

—Richard Jordan

About the author: Richard Jordan is an Associate Professor of Mathematics & Statistics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. He also enjoys reading and writing poetry. His poems have been published and/or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, Tar River Poetry, Cranky, The Pacific Review and elsewhere.


Responses to the haiku for 16 May 2008 by Richard Jordan

    2008-05-16 06:27:04
  empty canoe drifts to shore
    the level of the creek was falling
    more and more
    muddy shingle appeared
    over-head an osprey
    slowly disappears

    Richard, your words evoke many, many images. Just super!

    2008-05-16 06:55:57

    Wow, a mathematician and a poet? You must be hard to come by...

    Its amazing how much emotion you can illicit in just a couple of words

    Melissa Spurr
    2008-05-16 08:03:50

    This is fantastic, Richard. Vivid imagery. I enjoyed reading it.


    Frances Ruth Harris (harrisfr at yahoo dot com)
    2008-05-17 06:54:43

    This is where my mind goes when it seeks freedom!

    Thank you!

    Richard Jordan (rjordan at mtholyoke dot edu)
    2008-05-18 15:06:28

    Penelope, Celena, Melissa and Frances,

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my poem. I am very pleased you like it.


    Bill Kenney
    2008-05-19 06:28:57

    The contrast in sound between the first line and the rest is very effective.

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-05-21 19:45:15

    interesting read, richard; however, i felt the urge to tinker with it.


    an empty canoe
    drifts to shore...
    ripples split the pickerel weed


    this chilly spring night
    so full & yellow the moon--
    it's blue

    Reason A. Poteet
    2008-05-26 18:28:43

    Richard, Your ku was great. You can't help the delay. I couldn't resist playing with it either.

    stinky ripples rise
    weeds hide the bloated pike
    even my launch croaks