17 haiku

by Jim Benz

in the grass
before the sun gets too high
morning dew


a street crew
pulling out their tools
windows closing


on the street
one car after another
finds a different road


on the sidewalk
under mom's watchful eyes
a boy killing ants


in the maple
a scolding squirrel
a pair of crows


pounding on the concrete
the birds have flown


above the cat
sparrows flying
minus one


in a nightgown
standing at the door
waving goodbye


all the neighbors
carrying saws and limbs
by a fallen tree


blue blue sky
with clouds to the west
distant thunder


happy voices
at the neighbors' house
a car door slams


raspberry cane
budding by the fence
on both sides


strawberry leaf
twitching in the still air
a tiny mouse


this road
so familiar
leads to other roads


growing in a window box
between cat prints


cardinal singing
from a cedar branch
spies the cat


lying down
in a dusty street
stray dog


Author's Note: while collaborating on a renga with Kathleen Wilson, I found myself with all these leftovers.

Posted on 04/08/2006
Copyright © 2020 Jim Benz

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 04/08/06 at 10:31 PM

Hi Jim. Great poetic collage of life and nature. Kudos to your ku-skills! Enjoyed these.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/09/06 at 12:25 AM

If these are leftovers...please toss me any crumbs! My favorite is all of 'm! Ahem: Jim Benz!!! —the Exclamation Office requests to see you immediately!

Posted by Soulo Jacob Bourgeau on 04/11/06 at 11:07 PM

For 'leftovers' its very nicely woven together into a tapestry of a neighborhood.

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 04/13/06 at 03:24 AM

Having recently attended a haiku conference and workshop, which recharged my interest in the form, I can really appreciate the craft in these. Tasy leftovers, indeed! d:-)

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/14/06 at 03:12 PM

A feast of finely crafted observations - to my favorites to read and re-read!

Posted by Rebecca Lin on 04/14/06 at 05:41 PM

I love all the images in this one.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/15/06 at 05:36 PM

Excellent grouping of haiku Jim, each standing strong on its own, as well as collectively. Five gold stars in my opinion.

Posted by Ben Evans on 04/17/06 at 09:32 AM

This was a wonderful collage of images, and as such I canīt really say anything constructively critical about it; I can say, however, how much I enjoyed it. I particularly liked, "this road so familiar leads to other roads" Fantastic.

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