May 2008 Motherhood Haiku Thread




Announcing May 2008 Motherhood Haiku Thread

For May 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is Motherhoodanything about mothers. Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: May08 Motherhood haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Tusday, May 27,  2008.

three blue-green eggs
in the window ledge nest

rock-a-bye baby

John Daleiden, US

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at May 2008 Motherhood Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Saturday, May 31, 2008 Sketchbook.



Read the May 31, 2008 Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden


The following poets have contributed to the May 31, 2008 Motherhood Haiku Thread

Norla Antinoro, US; Gerry Bravi, CA; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US;  Mary Davila, US; Tanya Dikova, BG-IL; Bill Kenney, US; Karina Klesko, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Karen O'Leary, US; Peter Pache, US; Ruth Anne Price, CA; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Maria Tirenescu, RO; A. D. Winans, US; Rafal Zabratynski, PL


Countries:  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,

19 poets from 8 countries including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Israel, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and the United States

three blue-green eggs
in the window ledge nest

rock-a-bye baby

# 01. John Daleiden, US

recalling a face
mirrored in the eyes
all our yesterdays

# 02. Gerry Bravi, CA

a new life
throbbing within her...
joys of motherhood

# 03. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

toddler breakfast
—find that tomato
before the ants do

# 04. Ruth Anne Price, CA

a single wish
of a mass murderer:
mother's pardon

# 05. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

spring morning
picking dandelion greens
mom and I

# 06. Karina Klesko, US

only daughter
brings home her girl lover—
mother's heartache

# 07. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Jewish mother
always feeling
guilt, guilt, guilt

# 08. Betty Kaplan, US

fall wind blowing
blooming flowers in full color
cat stalks graveyard

# 09. A. D. Winans, US

an old fashioned
penny-candy store window—
mom's reflection

# 10. Karina Klesko, US

our own mother
a stranger to us now:
Alzheimer's secret

# 11. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

city falcons
two hatched
two didn't

# 12. Ruth Anne Price, CA

white lilies
in granite pots—

# 13. Karen O'Leary, US

mother's day—
beyond windmills and sand traps
" a birdie"

# 14. Karina Klesko, US

the empty chair...
a flood of memories
for mother's day

# 15. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

remembering her!
beside mother’s tombstone
a lily bouquet

# 16. John Daleiden, US

bouncing baby boys
she brings into the world—
mother's ecstasy

# 17. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

antique cradle
another pregnant mother
at the bargain store

# 18. Karina Klesko, US

her worn hands
a string of pearls from
Mom's wedding day

# 19 Trish Shields, CA

we planted seeds
they sprouted

# 20. Gerry Bravi, CA

boy scout camp out
my son teaches me
how to cook

# 21. Karina Klesko, US

flowers in full-bloom—
choosing her baby's name

# 22. Karina Klesko, US

soft memory
her cameo at my throat
ashes in the wind

# 23. Norla Antinoro, US

walk in her shoes!
she dries our bitter tears
with gentle touches

#24. John Daleiden, US

Mother's Day
her strawberry cake
cuts the chatter

# 25. Rafal Zabratynski, PL

mother's Day
we have time
to fold the laundry

# 26. Trish Shields, CA

Bare feet on the stairs
Coffee and pop tarts on a tray
Mother’s Day breakfast

# 27. Norla Antinoro, US

nine months—
day after day with patience
she endures

# 28. John Daleiden, US

mother's day:
prodigal son returns
to live with aids

# 29. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Mother's Day
last year her voice
filled our every thought

for Marlen
# 30. Trish Shields, CA

mother earth bleeds
from man's dubious love...
a cross to carry

# 31. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

maternal feelings—
a little lost girl
tugs at my skirt

# 32. Barbara A Taylor, AU

a pinch of this
and add a dash of that—
cooking with mother

# 33. John Daleiden, US

shaking her head
before she reads the menu
Mother's Day

# 34. Bill Kenney, US

mother of mothers
epitome of love:
a saviour is born

# 35. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

at fifty
her disappearing eggs
held on ice

# 36. Barbara A Taylor, AU

mother nature groans
with sadness in her heart...
human predators

# 37. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

pale blue
under the apple tree
egg shell

# 38. Peter Pache, US

pregnant twelve-year-old
calls home for advice...
mother's day blues

# 39. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

tired of saying no
ban sexualized dolls
and Barbie

# 40. Barbara A Taylor, AU

little girls
playing with their dolls...
motherhood dreams

# 41. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Mother's Day
she tries not to hide
her disappointment

#42. Bill Kenney, US

a mother's groans
in the pangs of labour—
the gift of love

# 43. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

carrying to the window
of my paralyzed son
cherry blossoms

# 44. Jacek Margolak, PL

mom's hundredth birthday...
her children gather round
counting her blessings

# 45. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

lazy Sunday
the baby in her lap
leans into sleep

# 46. Bill Kenney, US

laughter fills the room
as mother celebrates...
another son arrives

# 47. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Mother's day
instead of words

# 48. Jacek Margolak, PL

mother's spirit
salt of the earth:
a liberation

# 49. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

sweet-milky scent
returns me years, years ago—
baby's breath

# 50. Tanya Dikova, BG-IL

she tells her daughter
not to worry

# 51. Bill Kenney, US

in a shoulder bag
of an expectant mother
—divorce petitions

# 52. Jacek Margolak, PL

the great birth:
mystery of the world
in a mother's glory

# 53. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

early spring
this unique green of
a new-born leaf!

# 54. Tanya Dikova, BG-IL

a mother's duty:
protection and safety
in infinite love

# 55. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

spring twilight
a mother calls
her children home

# 56. Bill Kenney, US

to save her child
she braves the firing line:
maternal instinct

# 57. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

soccer moms
they used to speak
to each other

# 58. Bill Kenney, US

queen mother
replenishing the earth...

# 59. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

butterfly tattoo . . .
her mother's friends
think she's flighty

# 60. Bill Kenney, US

mother's sons
all successful adults...
still her little boys

# 61. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

one-way street
a mother and child
look both ways

# 62. Bill Kenney, US

a jewel
for eternity...
my mother

# 63. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

positive . . .
waiting for him to call
she hugs her news

# 64. Bill Kenney, US

a shepherd dog
takes her young by the neck
to a place of safety

# 65. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

for the first time they call it

# 66. Bill Kenney, US

beacon of hope
on life's choppy seas...
a mother's love

# 67. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

mother’s photo—
or tear

# 68. Maria Tirenescu, RO

mother's courage
for sons to lean upon...
rock of Gibraltar

# 69. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

lonely old woman
with hot tea cup—
the sparrows warblings

# 70. Maria Tirenescu, RO

an evergreen
beside mother's tombstone
reaching for the stars

# 71. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

morning glory
on the old paling—
the smile of grandma

# 72. Maria Tirenescu, RO

surrogate mother
embracing the prize...
her only daughter

# 73. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

at the icon lamp—
a bunch of violets
and mother’s photo

# 74. Maria Tirenescu, RO

mother of creation
radiant and divine:
glimpse of paradise

# 75. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

three empty nests
in the poplar near the road—
the leaves everywhere

# 76. Maria Tirenescu, RO

spinster's family:
an adopted daughter
and a poodle

# 77. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

a thousand bees
on the cherry blossoms—
mother alone

# 78. Maria Tirenescu, RO

Not the shadow of a ghost...
only a pedigree puppy
looking for his mother

# 79. Vasile Moldovan, RO

among the rare branches
abandoned nests of crows—
the wind of the evening

# 80. Maria Tirenescu, RO

A weekened bitch
stops all of a sudden...
to nurse again

# 81. Vasile Moldovan, RO

hedgehog cub
between dried leaves—
autumn evening

# 82. Maria Tirenescu, RO

A mother nursing—
here is the white line of love
twinning two hearts!

# 83. Vasile Moldovan, RO

leaves everywhere—
in the pitiless rain
the abandoned nest

# 84. Maria Tirenescu, RO

Moon behind the clouds—
a mother nursing the twins
in deepest darkness

# 85. Vasile Moldovan, RO

storm in the night—
the grandmother spins the wool
looking by the smaller and smaller windows

# 86. Maria Tirenescu, RO

Mother's birthday...
For the first time
without the father

# 87. Vasile Moldovan, RO

Spring night,
a lullaby allaying
the baby’s tears

# 88. Magdalena Dale, RO

pregnant mother
holding her small children...
waits to cross the street

# 89 Keith A. Simmonds, TT

A turtledove
protecting her eggs,
the magpies fly

# 90. Magdalena Dale, RO

a heart of gold
in all trials

# 91. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

A flower’s chalice
full of white petals…
mother’s heart

# 92. Magdalena Dale, RO

single mother:
yet another child
for her birthday

# 93. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Mother's Day—
the last-born child is drawing
her heartfelt portrait

# 94. Vasile Moldovan, RO

mother and daughter:
sisters in appearance
miracle of youth

# 95. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

With gentle breath
mother watches her child sleep—
night tempest

# 96. Magdalena Dale, RO

stars among men:
on the corporate ladder
mothers climbing up

# 97. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

under the shade
of the elm—
her gravestone

# 98. Mary Davila, US

mother's anguish:
after nine months in bed
her first and last child

# 99. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


Read the May 31, 2008 Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden




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