Mount fuji and cherry blossoms

The Solitary Daisy – Issue 25

Readers Choice

listen as things speak
sounds awaken exciting dreams
reach out to touch them
– Honey Novick

Frail tulips emerge…
The schoolgirl breathes,
lifts her hand.
– Abbi Bodager

deep spring-
the neighborhood alight
with magnolia blossoms
– Sally Quon

mountain path –
the white silence
changed in green
– Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara

tiny parachutes
floating on my breath –
dandelion seeds
– Anna Dean

swallows swooping
through her unbound tresses
a cool breeze
– Michele Rule

Michele’s Musings

It’s been amazing weather here the last two weeks and it was great to take a ginko walk with Sally last Thursday! You can read all about it in Sally’s Notebook. And get ready to join us for the very first Solitary Daisy ginko walk!

We will be meeting on April 27th at 10 am at Munson Pond in Kelowna BC. It would be great if you could drop us a line to say you are coming but even if you decide last minute it’s ok to just show up! We will meet at the park’s parking lot and head clockwise around the pond. You can recognize Sally and I by our walkers! Please dress for weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a notebook and pen. If you are a bit late, just go clockwise and you are sure to catch up with us. Here is a map to help you find Munson Pond if you haven’t been before.

International Haiku Day (April 17th) is coming up soon. There are events happening all over, including this one from the Haiku Foundation. Here at the Daisy, we hope you will join us in a game of Maekuzuke!

Maekuzuke is a writing game that became popular in Japan in the 1700s. Someone would post two lines in a public area like a bar, for patrons of all types to submit a response to. These were not the court elite or professional poets – anyone could participate. It really was a transition to what haiku is now; a poetry of the people.

So on April 17th we invite you to play along with us! We will have a Google Doc open from 9 am to 9 pm PDT where you can respond to this starting verse:


the forest heavy with spring

We look forward to seeing how everyone interprets and responds to this, using the haiku format of three lines and less than 17 syllables. Here is the link. We will pick the top few to feature in our next issue!

That’s it for now! Have a wonderful next few weeks!

Member News

Jerome Berglund had this offering in Haiku in Action.

Sally Quon had 2 senryu accepted by Failed Haiku, and had this haiku published by Tiny Words. She also made the long-list for Internal Migration on The Haiku Foundation.

Please send us your news so we can celebrate with you! or

Sally’s Notebook

Join Michele and I on a practice ginko!
It was a perfect day – not too hot and not too cold. We wandered the boardwalk leisurely, stopping often to rest, look around, watch, and listen. There was much to be seen. A few other walkers were enjoying the morning, including two teenage girls resting on a bench with sketchbooks in hand. I love to see things like that; people taking the time to slow down and let themselves be absorbed in their surroundings. The fact it was two young women gave me an additional burst of joy.

Haiku Conversations

We were so impressed with the haiku that we received in the first annual Solitary Daisy Haiku Contest. We wanted to give the winners a little more space by talking about each one over the next few issues.

First Place

dinner for one…
the budding cherry now
just another tree
- Joshua Gage

This haiku invoked a profound sense of loss, where things that used to be important don’t matter anymore. Combined with the symbolic impermanence of the cherry blossom made a very powerful impression. — SQ

The first line of this haiku made me wonder why the writer was eating alone; on purpose, or because of some circumstance. I wondered where we were going with the second line and then suddenly all was revealed with the twist in the third line. The feelings of sorrow and loss, the impermanence, perhaps of life itself, as the beautiful cherry tree becomes “just another tree.” — MR

Congratulations again to Joshua!

Upcoming Deadlines, Openings, and Readings

Visit the Poetry Pea’s YouTube channel for a fascinating look at Single Object Haiku.

The deadline for Frameless Sky is April 15th.

First Frost has a new issue out. It can be purchased here.

Also out is the latest edition of The Enchanted Garden which you can read on-line. Don’t forget to look for the next theme on their editorial page!

Michael Dylan Welch is offering a free on-line haiku workshop you can sign up for here.  You can also find information about the Japan Fair Online Haiku Contest, deadline May 31.

This last one is for Canadians only. The Spring Pulse Poetry Festival has Canada’s longest running non-government funded poetry contest. The Dr. William Henry Drummond National Poetry Contest is not a haiku competition, but a sequence or haibun could certainly win! Entries must have a title. Please read the guidelines carefully.

This Week’s Prompt

This week we’d like to see you write a response to this haiku by Issa:

even the turtle
can tell the time by watching
this bright spring moon
-Kobayashi Issa

“Meaning lies as much in the mind of the reader as in the Haiku.” 

~Douglas Hofstadter
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