August 2008 Water Thread




Announcing August 2008 Water Haiku Thread

For August 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is water (pond, lake, ocean, riverany form of water). Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: Aug08 water haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Wednesday, August 27, 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at August 2008 Water Haiku Thread.

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


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


The following poets have contributed to the August 31, 2008 Water Haiku Thread

Hortensia Anderson, US; Ed Baker, US; Gerry Bravi, CA; Daniela Bullas, UK; John Daleiden, US; Jon Davey, UK; Iga Gala-Miemus, PL; Bill Kenney, US; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Shannon O'Leary, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Kristin Reynolds, US;  Kevin Ryan, UK; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Eric V. "El Coyote", US; Ella Wagemakers, NL; Eiko Yachimoto, JP

Twenty-five Poets; Ten Countries: AU; CA; IN: JP; NL; PL; RO: TT; UK; US; 151 Poems


heavy clouds
above hurling waves:
turmoil in the soul

# 01. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


criss-crossing the Nile
white sails of a felucca
the wind on her tail

# 02. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

moonlight on water
the wake of a distant boat
slips into the reeds

# 03. Gerry Bravi, CA

fraying rope swing
at the river
out of towner’s

# 04. Kristin Reynolds, US

caught in my mind
in a wet dress

# 05. Ed Baker, US

a rich symphony
flowing down verdant hills...
glistening water

# 06. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

at full moon
he deserts her

ebb tide

# 07. John Daleiden, US

a rickety bridge
over a raging river:
two friends reminisce

# 08. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

torrential rain falls
on a steamy tin roof
under attack

# 09. Kristin Reynolds, US

vibrant voices
on a placid ocean...
a shooting star

# 10. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

desert rain
off the roof
onto my toes

# 11. Peter Pache, US

One rock drops
Many ripples
Spread across the river

# 12. Shannon O'Leary, US

river cascades
down the mountain—
I find peace

# 13. Karen O'Leary, US

green ocean
under a clear sky

# 14. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

berry-singed lips,
mini red rivers run
meeting at the mouth

# 15. Kristin Reynolds, US

shorter days
a floating oak leaf
in the rock pool

# 16. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

local swimming hole
riding the current
river trout run

# 17. Kristin Reynolds, US

in the summer glow:
a restless river

# 18. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

raindrops fall
into the deep blue ocean—
lost in the sea

# 19. Karen O'Leary, US

a rain storm
blows around the chalet...
strains of Wagner

# 20. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

cool clear waterfall—
suspended animation,
no two drops the same

# 21. Kristin Reynolds, US

showers of rain
caressing the land:

# 22. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

breaking waters—
another soul
to be fed

# 23. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

into my lily-pond
Wild Orchid

# 24. Ed Baker, US

from her window
sudden spring rain

# 25. Ed Baker, US

panting streams
deep in the forest...
summer evening

# 26. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

white water lilies—
a buffalo takes a bath
under their glimmer

# 27. Vasile Moldovan, RO

a white lotus—
all around it
light from light

# 28. Vasile Moldovan, RO

from here
falling into
my neighbor's pool

# 29. Ed Baker, US

huge drops of rain
cascading down:
April fiesta

# 30. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

sqwaking ducks
in the pussy willows
two neighbors gossip

# 31. John Daleiden, US

divine messenger
in the summer night:
a lotus in bloom

# 32. Vasile Moldovan, RO

rainy night
french kissing
wet wet wet wet

# 33. Ed Baker, US

the ocean grumbles:
lovers' footprints crumbling
on the sands of time

# 34. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

spring rain
some beauty!

# 35. Ed Baker, US

in the depth
of the lily pond
the moon halo

# 36. Vasile Moldovan, RO


# 37. Ed Baker, US

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# 38. John Daleiden, US

# 39.

in the pond only
frogs and stars

# 40. Vasile Moldovan, RO

frozen pond
to visit

# 41. Ed Baker, US

in a dew drop
earth and sky reflected--
the morning star

# 42. Vasile Moldovan, RO

full moon
behind her Azalea Bush

# 43. Ed Baker, US

between the storm
in the bottom of the lake
peaks of clouds

# 44. Vasile Moldovan, RO

shoveling snow
so I can leave
—my neighbor

# 45. Ed Baker, US

wading along
a cloud of minnows

# 46. Eric V. "El Coyote", US

lightning flashing
thunder rolling:

# 47. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

it begins to rain—
the cricket's serenade
cut short once again

# 48. Vasile Moldovan, RO

dark clouds
tons of rain

# 49. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Tears streaming
from the scarecrow's eyes—
autumn rain

# 50. Vasile Moldovan, RO

No agenda—
The river
just flowing

# 51. Eric V. "El Coyote", US

Fog on the sea—
unseen the albatrosses
shout from everywhere

# 52. Vasile Moldovan, RO

flowing everywhere...
source of life

# 53. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

drops of water
perch then fall from shining leaves
willows in the rain

# 54. Gerry Bravi, CA

thinking of river rocks
driving through the tunnel

# 55. Eric V. "El Coyote", US

above the floating garbage
seagulls in flight

# 56. Vasile Moldovan, RO

floating downstream...
a caterpillar
on a broken leaf

# 57. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

how neatly
they riffle through the water
suckers spawning

# 58. Gerry Bravi, CA

tears in her eyes:
the ship setting out
for a distant land

# 59. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

ebb tide—
empty shells overflow
the seashore

# 60. Vasile Moldovan, RO

fast flows into slow—
ten thousand threaded grass snakes
undulate below

River Soar, Leicestershire, UK
# 61. Kevin Ryan, UK

Baby's behind—
Smooth river rocks
born long ago

# 62. Eric V. "El Coyote", US

a quiet cove
just beyond my reach
a beer can bobs

# 63. Gerry Bravi, CA

sultry night
the rhythm of oars
stroking the lake

# 64. Bill Kenney, US

her brood scatters
an unexpected gust
troubles the water

# 65. Gerry Bravi, CA

clouds shed
torrential tears—
peonies bloom

# 66. Karen O'Leary, US

one foot in
the stream changes

# 67. Ella Wagemakers, NL

rippling wind
a seagull
skims the lake

# 68. Bill Kenney, US

sometimes rain sometimes snow
everywhere I go
there I am

# 69. Ed Baker, US

scooping water
hands full
of moonlight

# 70. Jacek Margolak, PL

ocean waves ...
a man turns on
his hearing aid

# 71. Ella Wagemakers, NL

late summer . . .
where the stone divides the brook
a patch of sun

# 72. Bill Kenney, US

drifting clouds—
mullet shoals swirl
through the oil-dark tide

# 73. Jon Davey, UK

summer’s end
tossing pebbles in the pond
to hear the sound

# 74. Bill Kenney, US

flooded river
a house-for-sale sign
gets washed away

# 75. Ella Wagemakers, NL

s serene will clear
in the blue-gray horizon
the autumn sea

# 76 Eiko Yachimoto, JP

sea wind
a gull picks a spot
for take-off

# 77. Ella Wagemakers, NL

pond at dusk
lilies close up
into themselves

# 78. Jacek Margolak, PL

the river
when I was young
much longer

# 79. Ella Wagemakers, NL

cries of the seagulls

the taste of the ocean
in my mouth

# 80. Jacek Margolak, PL

storm's end—
gorse buds drenched
in moonlight

# 81. Jon Davey, UK

the morning star
reflects on the pond

a lotus blooms

# 82. Jacek Margolak, PL


bright streaks
across the lake
buses mark time

# 83. Trish Shields, CA

dog days
in a wayside puddle
sparrows bathe

# 84. Jacek Margolak, PL

the tern's balletic flight—
my wife slips beneath
a wave crest

# 85. Jon Davey, UK

# 86. distant thunder
ocean deepens the colour
of sky

# 86. Jacek Margolak, PL

turn golden brown
last beach campfire

# 87. Trish Shields, CA

Near the falls—
the foxglove
blooms heavy

# 88. Eric V. "El Coyote" US

musty smells
of winter coats
we walk the beach

# 89. Trish Shields, CA

a pond skater zigzags
between my fingers

# 90. Jacek Margolak, PL

a rainbow
saluting the sea...

# 91. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

driving rain—
the cries of a heron from
the wind-torn pine

# 92. Jon Davey, UK

Now that grandma's old,
she has a bidet installed:
"My fountain of youth!"

# 93. Zhanna P. Rader, US

A cloud
gazes into the mirror of a lake—
Here it is, here it isn't: the rainbow!

#94. Daniela Bullas, UK

torrents of water
rumbling through the land:

# 95. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

anvil clouds
sudden lightning
slices the pond

# 96. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

the first rains...
lightning flashing
across the dark sky

# 97. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Shingles - grandma soaks
in a hot water until
she feels like singing.

# 98. Zhanna P. Rader, US

massive waves
crashing against the rocks:
a hurricane

# 99. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Polar ice cap
melts into the ocean—
August heat wave

# 100. Daniela Bullas, UK

summer symphony:
silky sunlight swooning on
a shimmering sea

# 101. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Water shortage—
she dotes on her roses: each drop
used to quench their thirst.

# 102. Zhanna P. Rader, US

a frog's shadow
on a glistening pond:
pearls of ripples

# 103. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

spread their wings to dry
surf-drenched rock

# 104. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

shooting stars
plunge into the ocean...
summer magic

# 105. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Wanted by the Sun!
A river runs down the mountain
into the sea.

# 106. Daniela Bullas, UK

a rainbow
spanning the coastline:
sudden downpour

# 107. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Saving the rain water
for the yard plants... alas,
for mosquitoes too.

# 108. Zhanna P. Rader, US

Vast floods—
a house floats with a rooster
on the roof.

# 109. Zhanna P. Rader, US

fallen wharf
sunset reflections
in the cove

# 110. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

sound and movement
Mediterranean sea...
symphony of light

# 111. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

pack ice
at the river's mouth
neap tide

# 112. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

TV-promised rain—
it materializes only
across the road.

# 113. Zhanna P. Rader, US

spruce islands
sea and sky blending
into sunset

# 114. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

A rare rain—
the children run outside,
faces upwards.

# 115. Zhanna P. Rader, US

clouds sailing
over the mountain...
blankets of rain

# 116. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

A brook to cross—
the ants build a live bridge
out of themselves.

# 117. Zhanna P. Rader, US

early flight . . .
wild mallards stamp their feet
on the unthawed pond

# 118. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

Everybody smiles:
the swimming ducklings follow
their mom single file.

# 119. Zhanna P. Rader, US

children playing:
upon a leafy pond
dragonfly's shadow

# 120. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

a stone angel under water
to the tips of its wings.

# 121. Zhanna P. Rader, US

low fog
creeps across the cove
floating islands

# 122. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

we just stand, look
and listen.

# 123. Zhanna P. Rader, US

majestic beauty
in the rhythm of nature...
Niagara Falls

# 124. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Overflowing river—
a rabbit floats astride
a tree trunk.

# 125. Zhanna P. Rader, US

Canada geese
drift on the tree-shadows
sunlit river

# 126. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

The river wears
a bushy necklace as it
takes a u-turn; flows

# 127. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

the waterfall
a frozen cascade
ragged sky

# 128. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

rain drops on the
stair, pagoda and the sea—

# 129. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

moonlit night
the pond floats
a water-lily

# 130. Hortensia Anderson, US

crystal drops make sound
on so many tin roofs loud—

# 131. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

the sun is setting—
a dragonfly makes waves
on the lake water

# 132. Maria Tirenescu, RO

lake water—
wind whipped waves sparkle in the Sun—
a squirrel stops to see

# 133. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

hot sky in July
cools in a bath of grass
steams the dew

# 134. Iga Gala-Miemus, PL

at the coast
counting seagulls—

# 135. Maria Tirenescu, RO

drop after drop
stringed onto rays
a coral light

# 136. Iga Gala-Miemus, PL

storm at sea
and the jelly fishes—
children crying

# 137. Maria Tirenescu, RO

# amidst the rain are
places where one can kneel
and from a palm drink the sky

# 138. Iga Gala-Miemus, PL

big noise of waterfall
audible from a distance—
the evening walk

# 139. Maria Tirenescu, RO

you are water too
even though your shape doesn't
adapt to the form

# 140. Iga Gala-Miemus, PL

on the beach
looking for the Perseids—
serene night

# 141. Maria Tirenescu, RO

the boat swings—
I look toward the beach
among the seagulls

# 142. Maria Tirenescu, RO

angry sea
striks the beach—
the icicles ashore

# 143. Maria Tirenescu, RO

the trout waiting
in the bleak running water—
among the snow-banks

# 144. Maria Tirenescu, RO

childhood's memories:
the old footbridge's photo
and the fir trees near Iza

(Iza = river in Romania)

# 145. Maria Tirenescu, RO

looking for the pond
a goshawk soars—
no mousetail

# 146. Maria Tirenescu, RO

Mill's Lake—
two children angle
in a boat

# 147. Maria Tirenescu, RO

abandoned at the pond—
dawn mews

# 148. Maria Tirenescu, RO

at the icon grandma put
the sanctified sweet basil—
a burning tear

# 149. Maria Tirenescu, RO

old man on the bridge
looking at the turbid water—
the rain on the mountain

# 150. Maria Tirenescu, RO

Lizard sunning
water bubbling
up from spring

# 151. Tracy McPherson, US

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




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