“Riverwise Madrone”
by Karel K. Hendee

On day 880, I realized that the haiku I wrote on day 876 could have made a good beginning for another of my haiku sequences. (A series of haiku, each of which begins with the last line of of the previous haiku, with the last line of the last haiku echoing the first line of the first.) So even though there was now a four day gap, I went ahead and resumed the sequence on day 880. Then, when I got to the end of that sequence, I felt like there was more I could do with those first/last lines, and so I did a second sequence!

The first sequence was largely set in the outdoors (except for some city pigeons, which I have changed to geese below) while the second one ended up being an urban sequence.

Here they are all together:

 

day 876

the river
the reflected clouds
slowly flowing

day 880

slowly flowing
with barely a ripple
the moment

day 881

the moment
the geese took flight
unnoticed

day 882

unnoticed
shadow of the madrone
touching us

day 883

touching us
the cold moment
the river

day 884

the river
beneath all that concrete
slowly flowing

day 885

slowly flowing
in the stop and go of cars
the moment

day 886

the moment
and then the door eases shut
unnoticed

day 887

unnoticed
a wall of small suns
touching us

day 888

touching us
the sidewalk grasses above
the river

 

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The River: a double sequence

12:59 pm December 26, 2012

“Riverwise Madrone”
by Karel K. Hendee

On day 880, I realized that the haiku I wrote on day 876 could have made a good beginning for another of my haiku sequences. (A series of haiku, each of which begins with the last line of of the previous haiku, with the last line of the last haiku echoing the first line of the first.) So even though there was now a four day gap, I went ahead and resumed the sequence on day 880. Then, when I got to the end of that sequence, I felt like there was more I could do with those first/last lines, and so I did a second sequence!

The first sequence was largely set in the outdoors (except for some city pigeons, which I have changed to geese below) while the second one ended up being an urban sequence.

Here they are all together:

 

day 876

the river
the reflected clouds
slowly flowing

day 880

slowly flowing
with barely a ripple
the moment

day 881

the moment
the geese took flight
unnoticed

day 882

unnoticed
shadow of the madrone
touching us

day 883

touching us
the cold moment
the river

day 884

the river
beneath all that concrete
slowly flowing

day 885

slowly flowing
in the stop and go of cars
the moment

day 886

the moment
and then the door eases shut
unnoticed

day 887

unnoticed
a wall of small suns
touching us

day 888

touching us
the sidewalk grasses above
the river