The Solitary Daisy – Issue 28

Ponds and Frogs

spring chorale
the bullfrog sings
– Nancy Brady

avoiding a cliché
the introvert frog slides
into the water
– Paul Callus

garden pond
a little boy counting frogs
on lily pads
– Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo

do you really
want these two
round eyes?
– Barbara Anna Gaiardoni

always the prince
never the frog
my husband
– Madeleine Kavanagh

serenade song
across the lonely pond
does she hear
– David Brydges

as fine as frog fuzz
the news from Bengaluru . . .
new burrowing frog*
– Monica Kakkar

*Dr. Deepak P, Assistant Professor, Zoology at my alma mater, Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru (recently ranked as the third best autonomous college in India and second in the state of Karnataka) is the lead researcher in the new burrowing frog species discovery in January 2024, an outcome of multi-institutional collaborations, including Mount Carmel College.

no fishing sign
the pond thick
with green algae
– Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

becoming pond
becoming sky
– Joanna Ashwell

pond paddling…
pebbles grinding
beneath feet
– Marilyn Humbert

quick! frog
puckering up for a kiss –
children laughing
– Anna Dean

above the rowboat
a wisp of snipe startles
an army of frogs
– Shelly Reed Thieman

spring rains…
the pond ice turns
a shimmery green
– Isabella Mori

old frog
in a dark pond–
aurora borealis
– Sherry Reniker

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.

Second Place

end of holiday –
the remains of summer
inside a beach pail
-	Dan C. Iulian

I really liked this haiku because it immediately transported me to a favourite part of my childhood – coming home after a vacation. There would be a stack of mail from the friends I made over the summer, a garden bursting with fresh vegetables, and of course, catching up with all of my friends. There was also the anticipation of back to school supplies and new clothes. Absolutely nothing like this is mentioned in the haiku, yet the few simple words evoked a great deal of emotion.  — SQ

Congratulations again to Dan!

Michele’s Musings

Can’t believe how May has flown by! Our garden is in full-on flower now and all the bugs and bees are busy. We stopped feeding the birds but there are still so many here because of the bugs. And we are excitedly keeping track of a mama squirrel and her little ones as they start to venture out of their tree nest. So many haiku ideas, so little time!

I attended another workshop with Michael Dylan Welch a week or so ago. I think this is the fourth one I have taken from him and I learn more every time. Michael talks about using haiku targets instead of haiku rules, because rules are obligations and targets are opportunities. I like that thinking! Targets include brevity, seasonal reference, two part structure, a twist, rhythm, sound devices, objectivity and more. He also mentioned the reason we don’t (usually) use capital letters at the beginning of the lines in haiku. It’s because it suggests that something has happened before the haiku and that something will happen after. It is also a sign to the reader not to expect a sentence in the haiku. Makes a lot of sense. Michael quoted one of my favourite poets, Mary Oliver, who said, “pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.” Finally he repeated something that I have heard him say many times before. “Don’t write about your emotions; write about what caused them. Trust the reader to have the emotional reaction.” I highly encourage you to take one of Michael’s workshops. Many of them are free and you can see his schedule on his website, Grace Guts. Thank you, Michael, for being so generous with your knowledge!

I’m looking forward to reading your haiku based on this issue’s prompt. My favourite wild animal right now is the capybara – that’s a lot of syllables! So I think I will try one of my pets – cat, dog, or fish!

Sally and I are planning a little personal Ginko Walk next week. We would love to hear about your Ginko Walks!

Have a great start to June 🙂

Member News

Sherry Reniker has monoku coming out in both the Pan Haiku Review and Under the Basho. Way to go, Sherry!

Isabella Mori has put together a collection of 42 haiku about Gaza to accompany her friend, Erin Creciius’ 42-km peace pilgrimage. Here are a couple of haiku from her collection.

if I must die
you must live
to tell my story

(A found haiku-the beginning of a poem by Palestinian poet Refat Alareer. He did die. )

war ...
and yet
cherry blossoms
blistered feet
on the side of the road
the first dandelion
choosing a path
of gentle resistance –
she lightens her load
one foot after the other
the endless road
to peace

Thank you, Isabella, for this powerful and important work. You would do Muriel proud!

Shelly Reed Thieman has a haiku forthcoming in Modern Haiku 55:3, and at Under the Bashō. Two additional haiku appeared in Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, vol 7.2 as follows:

premature spring
a pink-lipped tulip
just out of reach
summer’s first mulberries
flicker in moonlight

Congratulations, Shelly! Keep getting your work out there!

Gabriel Rosenstock sent us a list of links to check out. Thank you, Gabriel, for sharing your work with us!

Eye of the fish
Orang-utan: Haiku set to images for older children

Snowy Owl – Haiku for older children

Sally’s Notebook

My apologies to Monica Kakkar for missing the last letter of her name in our last issue. (I double checked this time.)

Also, in our last issue, we had a haiku from Joanna (last name unknown) Well, we know her last name now and would like to recognize it. The haiku was by Joanna Ashwell.

We are absolutely thrilled some of you have shared your news, your projects, and places to submit with us. Keep ‘em coming!

And what a stunning collection of frog/pond haiku we received this week. Going forward, we will probably cap our publishing at eight haiku so be sure to send us your best work for the chance to be published in our next issue. Please send no more than three haiku for consideration and include where you are from. Many of you have done so already, but starting next issue, I will include your location with your name and haiku.

As Gabriel has, you are more than welcome to share links to your work.

Since becoming involved with haiku, I have found it to be the warmest, most welcoming community I’ve ever been a part of online. I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, for engaging with us. It makes this so much more fun! Have fun with this week’s prompt. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Upcoming Deadlines – So Much to Do, So Little Time

Open for submissions between June 1 and 10, the 2024 Murtha Senryu Contest

Open now until August 30, Haiku Girl Summer  Michele is excited to be guest editing for one week of this publication!

Yavanika Press is open until June 30 for chapbooks and mini-chapbooks.

Cafe Haiku is open until June 15. The theme is Cityscapes.

The Mocking Owl Roost is hosting a writing contest. The contest closes June 15, and they are looking for sequences of haiku or tanka with the theme “Fairytales and Mythology.”

Closing May 31, the New Zealand Poetry Society is hosting a contest. Watch your time zones!

Closing July 1, also from that side of the word, Kokako.

2024 ruth weiss Foundation Poetry Contest submissions close June 24. Head’s up. There is a fee for this contest.

The Japan Fair Online Haiku Contest closes on May 31.

The Haiku Invitational, part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, closes on June 1. There are five different categories; Vancouver, BC, Canada, US, and International.

Finally, The Cold Moon Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Thanks to Joanna Ashwell for sharing!

This Week’s Prompt

Write a haiku featuring your favorite pet or wild animal. Here’s mine.

Photo of bear
Photo by Sally Quon

Here is Michele’s!

Pierre and Stanley Photo by Michele
Pierre and Stanley Photo by Michele

“The love of nature is religion, and that religion is poetry; these three things are one thing. This is the unspoken creed of haiku poets.”

-Reginald Horace Blyth
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1 thought on “The Solitary Daisy – Issue 28”

  1. Dear Ms. Quon and Ms. Rule,

    I hope you are doing well.

    I am delighted to read my haiku published in The Solitary Daisy – Issue 28. Thank you for mentioning the context, including my alma mater and the professor. I appreciate the correction to my last name.

    Thank you for your consideration. Best wishes.


    Monica Kakkar (she/her/hers)

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