With a nod to ‘Haiku Windows’, a past feature from when I first began this column, & also an idea suggested a long time ago by poet Laurie Greer, for the next several weeks we will explore some concepts relating to doors. Be inspired by these prompts – I can’t wait to read where they take you – & please note that there is no requirement to include the words of the prompt in the poems… enjoy! kj
next week’s theme: doorbell
Ding, dong! or Bzzzzz… a signal that your visitor has arrived, or, where I live, perhaps a local candidate in the recent election would like to have a word…
I look forward to reading your submissions.
The deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Time, Saturday April 24, 2021.
Please use the Haiku Dialogue submission form below to enter one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme, and then press Submit to send your entry. (The Submit button will not be available until the Name, Email, and Place of Residence fields are filled in.) With your poem, please include any special formatting requirements & your name as you would like it to appear in the column. A few haiku will be selected for commentary each week. Please note that by submitting, you agree that your work may appear in the column – neither acknowledgment nor acceptance emails will be sent. All communication about the poems that are posted in the column will be added as blog comments.
below is the commentary for doorstep:
climate changeamazon on everydoorstepLamart CooperVirginia
heartpoundingat the doorMargaret WalkerLincoln, NE, USA
trick or treatCOVID masqueradingas the girl next doorMichael Henry LeeSaint Augustine Florida
I leave the umbrellaand the rainsat the doorstepRam ChandranIndia
& here are the rest of my selections:
returning geeseat our doorstepfather’s shoesAgus Maulana SunjayaTangerang, Banten, Indonesiadoorstep to doorstepthe deathdown the roadAlan PeatBiddulph, United Kingdomtracks throughthe last snow of springat my doorstepAlbert SchepersWindsor, Ontario, Canadaporchlight shadowsdragging inwhat the mat doesn’t catchAlex FyffeUnited StatesI still waitfor you to cross this threshold…ghost storiesAlfred BoothColombes, Francedoorstep…I search for another copyof “Alice in Wonderland”Ana DrobotRomaniaalmost knocking onmy old teak doorcherry blossomsAnjali WarhadpandePune, Indiaat the doorstepwinding up…a dandelion clockAnna YinOntario, Canadaat the doorstepalready a scentof homesicknessArvinder KaurChandigarh, Indiafirst date –another breathbefore knockingBarrie LevineWenham MA USAa ray of sun shineson my doorsteps –haiku subscriptionBona M. SantosLos Angeles, CAon the front stepour first kissopens the doorBryan RickertBelleville, Illinois USAtwilight dawn –milk bottles and butteron the doorstepCarol JudkinsCarlsbad, CAgarden gate guardiancracked yard sale buddhaa child’s giftCharles HarmonLos Angeles, California USAcinching his beltanother notch tighterhospiceChristopher SeepUnited Statesdog daysa tomcat purringon my doorstepCristina ApetreiRomaniadoorstep deliveryshe carries the boxesby herselfDeborah Karl-BrandtBonn, Germanyno welcome maton the doorstepEaster liliesDeborah P KolodjiTemple City, CaliforniaOld thresholdbehind the door randomlyscattered memoriesDejan IvanovicLazarevac, Serbiathe shrill cryof newbornsdouble rainbowDottie PietTulsa, OKsleepy morninga small neighbour lost marbleson my doorstepDubravka ŠćukanecHrvatskahunger…pride slowlyslips awayEdna BeersUSAabandoned abbeycrossing the thresholddandelion fluffEva LimbachDeutschlandempty chrysalison the doorstepend of summerFlorin C. CiobicaRomaniasulla soglia di casa…il ritmo delle ondecosì lontanodoorstep…rhythm of the wavesso far awayGiuliana RavagliaBologna Italiaa stray catsniffs my doorstephouse huntingGreer WoodwardWaimea, HIretirementback stepovergrownHelen BuckinghamUnited Kingdomon the thresholdgetting nowhere– step-upsIngrid BaluchiNorth Macedoniadusty doorstep…shadows playhide and seekIvan GaćinaZadar, Croatiahome doorstepfor the lost sontoo farIvanka KostantinoNova Gorica Slovenijaa doorstepan outstretched hand of a beggarIvica MlinarCroatiamarble stairsthe lifeI step up toJackie ChouPico Rivera, CA USAdoorstep parcelsthe recent widowadjusts her shawlJenn Ryan-JaureguiTucson, AZ. USAinoutand in betweenJharna SanyalIndiacounting the timebetween lightning and thunderHeaven’s DoorJohn S GreenBellingham, WAstone circlewe open ourselvesto the starsJohn HawkheadUKthe womanbetween proud and fear…space walkJorge Alberto GiallorenziChivilcoy. Bs.As. Argentinaa moon beamcrossing the doorstep –grandmom’s perfume in the airJulia GuzmánCórdoba, Argentinaloved oneshovering by the doortouch-and-goKanjini DeviThe Far North, Aotearoa NZon my door stepthe bonsai’s long shadow –shortest daykash poetIndiaat our doortwenty years laterhis mother’s welcome matKath Abela WilsonUnited Statesflower bouquetthe deliveryman’s maskwith a bee patternKeiko IzawaJapansad news –waves crashingon the doorstepLafcadioUSAdoorstepthe day he becamethe big brotherLaurie GreerWashington, DCrows of daisieson the edge of the roadkiosks on lockdownle margheriteai bordi della stradai chioschi in lockdownLuisa SantoroRome, Italywilted roseson the doorstephospital stayM. R. DefibaughRichmond, VAdistant virusat my doorstepshrinking worldMadhuri PillaiMelbourne, Australiaon the doorstepthe shadow of a memoryfills the silenceMaria Teresa PirasSerrenti Italiafalling star –my son’s voicebehind the doorMaria Teresa SistiItalylove songsby the fireplace…worries on the doorstepMariangela CanziItalydoorstepfrom her wheelchairher child’s chalk gardenMarilyn AshbaughEdwardsburg, Michigan USAtripping over the threshold repeating patternsMark GilbertUKanother dreamyou ask me once againto just step acrossMark MeyerUnited Statesbirdsong at the door spring dawnmartin gottlieb cohenEgg Harbor, NJ United Statesstill waitingfor the one who is goneporch lightMary VlooswykCalgary, ABfarewell boutonnièreshis doorstepcovered with rosesMaxianne BergerOutremont, Quebecants in and outthrough the doorsteps…a long dayMaya DanevaThe NetherlandsEarth Dayon the thresholdmy recycled doormatMelanie VanceUSAonce moreon her doorstepmy lost dogMilan RajkumarImphal, Indiaspring twilightat the doorstep of the nightI wait for the starsMinal SaroshAhmedabad, Indiadoorstep before infinitythe dark energyignites starsMinko TanevBulgariahomecoming…with the head downover doorstepMirela BrăileanRomaniaa bird on my doorstepthe lightness of thingscoming and goingMona IordanRomaniaa butterflybanging on the windowpane…painted blossomsMuskaan AhujaChandigarh, Indiapost-vaccinethey open the doorto new possibilitiesNancy BradyHuron, Ohioanother springthe welcome matalmost newNeena SinghChandigarh, Indianext door’s deliveriesalways more interestingthan mineNick TSomerset, UKalmost asleep –the enchanted realmof my dreamsNicole PottierFrancepandemic timeleaving foodon my parents’ doorstepOlivier SchopferGeneva, Switzerlandthe old beaglecocks his headwaiting for dadPadma RajeswariMumbai, Indianever seen beyondthe doorstepthe saleswomanPadmini KrishnanSingaporewindy Lynn Canalweekly barge waitsjust out of reachPam JoySoutheast Alaskarecalling ~one giant leapfor mankindPaul GeigerSebastopol CAdoorstepthe wordsshe’ll never sayPeter FischerVancouver, CanadaPapa Legbaat the doorstep –words we used to knowPippa PhillipsUnited Statesdoorstep…the house lizardcompetes to enterPriti AisolaHyderabad, Indiamuddy bootson the home doorstepmom’s absenceRadostina DragostinovaBulgariadoorbelleach time i rearrangethe welcome matRicha SharmaIndiafunfair mirror –she gives the footplatean extra buffRobert KingstonChelmsford, UKblind date –broken toyson the doorstepRoberta BearyCounty Mayo Irelandtop stoopon the morning papera fatted slugRon ScullyManchester NHreturning home…the doorstep crowded withautumn leavesSanela PliskoHrvatskaafter the stormflooding up to the doorstepof the halfway houseSari GrandstaffSaugerties, New York, U.S.A.glorious summerthe gift on my doorstepa neighbour’s dogsimonjUKher hand’s pullup the doorstepsstarry skyStephen A. PetersBellingham, Wa. USAmountain hutbefore the evening doorstepthe Milky WayStoianka BoianovaBulgariadelivery at the doorstep COVID connectionSusan FarnerUnited Stateshollowed pumpkinsagging on the doorstepbare treesTimmy CreminMassachusettsbirthday –on my doorstepa dead mouseTomislav SjekloćaCetinje, Montenegroon my doorstepall his thingspacked in bin bagsTracy DavidsonWarwickshire, UKpostmanon the doorstepanother returned letterTsanka ShishkovaBulgariaescape room –seeking the keyto COVID-19Valentina Ranaldi-AdamsFairlawn, Ohio USAold neighbourtwo days old newspaperson her doorstepVandana ParasharIndiahalf moona lonely kitten onthe doorstepVibeke LaierDenmarksteep step the sleepless shelter stepVictor OrtizBellingham, WA, USAat your doorstep –my heartbeat louderthan the bellVidya VenkatramaniChennai, Indialong waitonly dry leaveson my doorstepVishnu KapoorChennai, Indiapiled highon the doorstepoccupant mailWendy C. Bialekaz, usareturn after yearsthe seventh step of stairsstill crackedWiesław KarlińskiNamysłów, Polandstone doorstephow many moleculesone step breaks offkameni pragkoliko molekula odlomijedan korak ?Zrinko ŠimunićHrvatska
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