John Daleiden, US




Editor's Choice from the March Star Haiku Thread

Symphony of the Spheres

An ubiquitous image—the image of the star. A guide in the night skythe name we give to outstanding people who entertain us on the stage, on tv, or in the film industry. STAR!

In March 26 haiku poets sent 144 haiku from 9 countries including: Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Poland, Romania, Trinidad / Tobago, Taiwan, and the United States.

In these haiku it is apparent that the star is a dominant image in the life of human beings—the stars are everywhere, every day.  For some people the star symbolizes the beginning and the end of life:

meteor shower—
the first kicks of
my unborn child

# 85. Jon Davey, UK

a new star
through the hospice window
she smiles in her sleep

# 09. Karina Klesko, US

In the busy life of human activity we sometimes loose sight of the stars, but look what happens when best laid plans of man go awry:

power outage
thousands of stars light
the sudden dark

# 35. Catherine J.S. Lee, US

So!  What better to do than look to the skies

stars sparkling
in the summer night—
a magic wand

# 118. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


street children
on their rubbish heap—
counting the stars

# 38. Keith A. Simmonds


star viewing
the spark spark
of a neighbor's lighter

# 135. Josh Wikoff, UK

The humor of "a neighbor's lighter" resembling the twinkle of a distant star returns us to human activity as does Ed Baker's ironic use of pun in this senryu:

some star
mooning me
just so

# 68. Ed Baker, US

Occasionally, the starry sky provides a spectacular light show:


lunar eclipse—
the stars

# 29. Peter Pache, US

And. . .

the Leonids
we share a piece
of dried fig

# 130. Josh Wikoff, UK


ah! a falling star
The Milky Way Galaxy
loses just one

# 65. Betty Kaplan, US


Owl song—
a falling star
over my town

# 42. Vasile Moldovan, RO

But not everyone has had the chance to "go and catch a falling star"!

shooting stars
... fifty points
if I see one?

# 126. Ella Wagemakers, NL


To some people the stars are a symbol of their faith—a connection to a higher power or being guiding humans who take the time to notice:

hope rekindled—
burning through the clouds
a fiery star

# 147. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


cold starlight
some flakes of wax
from the menorah

# 133. Josh Wikoff, UK


He makes the stars glow
to illumine our journey...
glorious blessings

# 111. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


three wise men
following a star...
light of the world

# 87. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


Occasionally, the stars, the seas, and humans come together and experience a moment of  awesome beauty:

flickering starlight—
the silence before a wave
pummels the shore

# 81. Jon Davey, UK


faint starlight
hum of the wind
in the rigging

# 128. Josh Wikoff, UK


moonlight sail
glittering Orion
leads us home

# 43. Catherine J.S. Lee, US


Throughout history, humans have named the objects they see in the sky: The Great Milky Way, Orion, The Big and Little Dipper, The North Star . . .

new landscape—
searching the sky for
the Southern Cross

# 39. Catherine J.S. Lee, US

The importance of stars as an image in human activities should never be underestimated:

ocean view
two lovers
and the milky way

# 75. John Stone, US


young lovers—
looking for the stars
in each other's eyes

# 32. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


Wind-torn clouds—
the moon and a star play
hide and seek with me.

# 83. Zhanna P. Rader

in Winter and in Spring—from dusk to dawn—

winter night—
an owls's wing brushes
the milky way

# 77. Jon Davey, UK


reflected stars
in a glaze of ice
birch saplings bend

# 15. Catherine J. S. Lee, US


Pond mirror—
the stars lay near
a water lily

# 31. Magdalena Dale, RO


the scent of jasmine
after the storm

# 107. semi


violet sky
one last look
at the morning star

# 59. John Stone, US

. . . then comes the dawnthe stars vanish from sight, their view obscured by the brightest star of all—the sun.  And so, this symphony of the spheres continues, day and night in patient but precise rotation, a cosmos spinning in a giant spiral through the vast, endless, blackness of space . . .


these haiku
the brightest new stars
in the sky

John Daleiden








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