Haiku Poetry
By Maureen Fitzgerald

Last year around this time a friend gave me a blank book with about 50 pages in it. I have always been intimidated by having a whole blank book to fill. Then in January I wrote a haiku poem and put it in the book. It was not hard to do. Then I decided to write 4 haiku poems a month and put them in the book. At the end of the year I would have 48 poems and since I would be 48 in December this seemed like a good coincidence. Now it is almost my birthday and I am almost finished.

Here are some of the poems.

When the river sounds
Recall a bubbling fish tank,
Life is too indoor.
                6/30/99


                                Ice cream truck song chimes
                                The white truck offers first aid
                                To the heat injured.
                                              New York
                                              7/30/99

Under down blankets
I enjoy the August night
Air, not conditioned.
                8/18/99


                Pouring water on
                The wilted geranium
                Satisfies us both.
                           9/27/99


                                        Still dark, October
                                        The puppy's whine ends my sleep
                                        Morning comes slowly.
                                                    10/26/99


Hard rain last night
Opening the door I breathe
Scent of garden mint.




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