I. 5:57 p.m.

Seeing a sundog
At mount Wilson’s gate; wanting
Others to see it.

II. 8:30 p.m.

That faint flash I saw –
Was it a quick meteor,
Or an eye problem?

III. 10:00 p.m.

Lonely nameless star
Lost in ten o’clock south sky…
Oh, yes, Fomalhaut.

The name “Fomalhaut” is from ancient Arabic, meaning “fish’s mouth.”



As seen from behind,
Dancing leaf-shadows are traced
Onto other leaves.

Onto our curtain,
Spider on the window casts
His wiggling shadow.

All of these haiku are from September 2002.  The leaf-shadows poem was written in a tiny cottonwood grove consisting of four trees next to an urban parking lot.  I was looking up toward the Sun, through the underside of a leaf.

--Bob Eklund




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