The Solitary Daisy – Issue 27

Arrow-leafed Balsam Root/Dandelions

you roar in silence
queen of quiet

-David Brydges

light drizzle
a gold rush
of dandelions

-Joanna (no last name provided)


– Barbara Anna Gaiardoni

sandy hillside
flowers gleam
balsamroot outshines the sun

– Jaki Sawyer

faces turned
shining on this green earth
like the sun

– Josephine LoRe

under the snow
a sea of yellow
waiting its turn

– Anna Dean

the forest heavy with spring

– Sherry Reniker

icon of the isles . . .
dandelion and burdock
tall, dark, and drink some

– Monica Kakka

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!

Sally’s Notebook

In our last issue, Michele told you our plans for a ginko walk on April 27 and invited those of you who could, to join us. We were so pleased to be joined by several people, for a total of seven walkers! Hopefully, those of you from different areas tried to get out and appreciate nature in your own way. If so, feel free to send us an account of your adventure!

Member News

I found this gem in my inbox courtesy of Charlotte Digregorio’s Blog:

spring cleaning
paw prints of the dog
no longer with us

by kjmunro (Canada)
bottle rockets, #32, 2015

Debbie Strange haiga, as found in Tiny Words:

Isabella Mori has a selection of haiku on Five Fleas Itchy Poetry

Jerome Berglund’s words appeared yesterday on the Heliosparrow Poetry Journal

Upcoming Deadlines, Openings, and Readings

The Pan Haiku Review is open for submissions until the end of May. Please read all the guidelines!

May 25 is the deadline for Zen Peacemakers

The Heron’s Nest is hosting the 12th Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award. The deadline for entry is June 1.

August 16-18 is Haiku Down Under. Registration opens on June 1. The program is available, just follow the link.

Submissions are open until May 15 for The Enchanted Garden. The theme is “Childhood.”

Dreamer’s Writing is hosting their annual Haiku Contest. Deadline is May 31.

The United Haiku and Tanka Society’s Fleeting Words Tanka Contest is open now until May 31.

Open now until they are full, Akitsu Quarterly. (Thanks, Michele!)

And don’t forget, the VCBF Haiku Invitational closes on June 1! Still time to write some cherry blossom themed haiku.

This Week’s Prompt

That’s right! We want your frog and/or pond haiku. Send it to or

Also, please feel free to send us your news, links to any good articles or submission opportunities – anything at all, really. We love to hear from you!

“He who creates three to five haiku poems during a lifetime is a haiku poet. He who attempts to complete ten is a master.”

Matsu Basho
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