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Haiku Windows: ticket wicket


Haiku Windows

In the book Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, editors Yamaguchi and Brooks quote David Lanoue:  “A haiku is a window”…

In the following weeks we will look at (or through?) the many possibilities raised by this thought – and you’re invited to join in the fun! Submit an original unpublished poem (or poems) via our Contact Form by Sunday midnight on the theme of the week, including your name as you would like it to appear, and place of residence. I will select from these for the column, and add commentary.


next week’s theme:  spaceship window

Imagine looking out the window to a view of deep space… what do stars look like close-up? Or Mars? Or the moon? What does it feel like to be homesick for that blue-green planet?

I look forward to reading your submissions.


Haiku Windows:  ticket wicket



Helen Buckingham

Would you like fries with that?
Humour can be used to make a very serious point…

swampland jaunt
the toll booth window
with a bug screen

Marilyn Appl Walker

Each week there have been such original takes on the theme for this column, and this is another of those… I prefer screens on all my windows, (mosquitoes!), but I had never imagined one on a toll booth window…

bank teller’s window
for just one moment
double the money

Skaidrite Stelzer
Toledo, Ohio

An optical illusion may be what is described in this poem – and one we hear about in financial circles… wouldn’t we all like to double our money, but for more than just one moment!

Here are the rest of my selections for this week:

behind the teller’s window
my money detained
by the internet

Adjei Agyei-Baah
Kumasi, Ghana


new diagnosis
fumbling for change
at the ticket window

Amy Baranski


to my getaway –
ticket window

Amy Losak


a glimpse
of red nail varnish
ticket office window

Andrew Shimield


bank counter
only hands
of the cashier

Angiola Inglese


a car window
rolling down
traffic ticket

Ardelle Hollis Ray
Las Vegas NV


lottery –
a ticket to her dreams
in my hands

arvinder kaur
Chandigarh, India


sleeper upgrade
a bee settles
on my ticket

Astrid Egger


pay toll here
my 2 cents worth
the change

Betty Shropshire


show time –
long lines to the
ticket wicket

Carol Raisfeld


wee hours
parking booth
attendant snores

Christina Chin
Kuching, Sarawak


once again
wishing on a star
lottery window

Christina Sng


new faces
at the pharmacy window
same prescriptions

Claire Vogel Camargo


ticket wicket
behind the window
the shadow of a man

Debbi Antebi


ticket wicket
at the airport parking lot
cooled bottled water

Deborah P Kolodji
Temple City, California


I pay from distance
old wicket replaced by
computer monitor

Dubravka Scukanec
Zagreb, Croatia


bank teller
the family secrets unveiled
to a stranger

Eufemia Griffo


old model…
the man at the toll booth
still smirking

Gautam Nadkarni


grandson asking
what is speed of life
a toll booth on highway

Guliz Mutlu


ticket wicket
of the lottery centre

Hifsa Ashraf


gran holds up the queue
at the ticket window…
her purse of small change

Ingrid Baluchi


at the tip of her toes
to buy a ticket

Joanne van Helvoort


cashing a cheque
the teller’s eyes
glazed over

John Hawkhead


drive-thru window
waiting for fast food
a line of ants

Karen Conrads Wibell


automated wicket
stuck in the parking lot

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, California


lemonade stand
i offer a paper airplane
and ten cents

Ken Olson
Yakima WA US


outside my window
a ticket

Brisbane, Australia


Post Office…
the employee’s frozen smile
through the wicket

ufficio postale … quel sorriso forzato / allo sportello

Lucia Cardillo


the blank stare
of the ticket vendor
my bad Italian

Lucy Whitehead
Essex, UK


movie ticket counter
he checks my seniors card
for the discount

Madhuri Pillai


mortgage-backed security…
she says “hi”
thru bullet proof glass

Mark Gilbert


ticket window…
he asks me if i know
the speed limit

Mary Hanrahan


Parking lot booth –
window protecting
the replaced human

Michael Ceraolo
South Euclid, Ohio


reunion tour
dozing off at the
ticket window

Michael Henry Lee


race track window
she bets four rolls of pennies
on the jockey in pink

Michael H. Lester
Los Angeles CA USA


ticket wicket
the rim glassed cashier
peers at me

Mohammad Azim Khan


a night
on the town

Nancy Brady
Ohio, USA


the bank’s nonchalance…
an old man in shabby tweeds
at the wicket

Natalia Kuznetsova


that feeling
of being swindled
currency exchange wicket

Olivier Schopfer
Geneva, Switzerland


ticket window…
with the change, he gives me
a cherry blossom

Praniti Gulyani


bank drive-through
a disembodied voice
bounces my check

Pris Campbell


teller window front
her eyes faster than
his fingers

Radhamani Sarma


New York
here I come
toll bridge window

Rehn Kovacic


pawn shop window
my sister redeems
her wedding vow

Roberta Beary
County Mayo, Ireland


beneath the shuttered theatre
will-call window
a sleeping bag

robyn brooks


ghost train ride
a pretty vampire smiles
from the ticket window

Ron C. Moss
Tasmania, Australia


theme park special pass
I skip long lines
and lunch

Ronald K. Craig
Batavia, OH USA


joining the queue –
there is nobody
at the ticket wicket

Rosa Maria Di Salvatore


pawnbroker’s wicket
behind bulletproof glass
a spray of violets

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY, USA


rainy day
the girl-cashier smiles
in the ticket wicket

Serhiy Shpychenko
Kyiv, Ukraine


between posters
of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
the ticket seller’s smile

Simon Hanson
Queensland, Australia


milk booth
vendor leaves with
the refugee child

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi


toll booth window
the guy ahead in it too
autumn rain

Stephen A. Peters


I don’t remember
the toll
just his eyes

Susan Rogers
Los Angeles, CA, USA


a girl flirts
with a conductor through
the ticket wicket

Tomislav Maretic


circus ticket booth –
I become a child
once more

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio USA


runaway bride
behind the window lies
ticket to her dreams

Vandana Parashar


Katherine Munro lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and publishes under the name kjmunro. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada and an Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets. She recently co-edited an anthology of crime-themed haiku called Body of Evidence: a collection of killer ’ku.


This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Great group of poems! Very inventive, thank you, Kathy and all!

    I missed sending again, but anyway:

    Naples ticket gate
    the suspicious weight
    of my backpack

  2. Fun experiment, thank you for including me. Love the monoxide ku–my son is still chuckling.

  3. Congrats to everyone! Thanks, Kathy for another great round of window haiku and thanks for including one of mine in the mix!

  4. Amy Baranski’s intriguing poem kept me reading. “fumbling for change” . . . so many ways to go.

  5. Some fantastic haiku here! Sari, thank you for your kind words, and Kathy, thank you for including mine with commentary. I agree with Ken. The haiku are getting better every week,

  6. Kathy, thank-you for publishing mine. I learned something new since I never heard the phrase “ticket wicket” before. Many fine takes on the theme this week.

  7. A wonderful batch of haiku, Kathy, thank you so much. And thank you for including mine. I love Helen Buckingham’s and Marilyn Appl Walker’s also and your commentary. All the toll booth ones I am partial to, actually, as I am one of the last people on earth not to have EZ Pass and so I still pay my tolls in cash at a tollbooth to a human being.

  8. Thanks so much for your comment, Ingrid…..and of course to Kathy, for collating another fine set of poems!

  9. Several poems here made me smile . . . knowingly as well, with Olivier’s feeling swindled, and Mark’s.
    I admire the brevity of Helen’s: the whole scenario — what’s more a comment on our times — in just seven syllables. Brilliant.
    Kathy, thanks for including mine.
    Outer space . . . here we come!

  10. I just had to say this!
    teller window front
    her eyes faster than
    his fingers
    Radhamani Sarma
    Brilliant! This has atmosphere, movement, and mystery. It’s a great opening line to a short story or a novel as well!

  11. Lots of favorites!
    As I write a lot of SFku and Space Haiku, I must have a go at next week’s prompt. And as Karen is writing a SF novel, I’ll twist her arm too. 🙂
    warm regards,

    1. Alan, if you published any space haiku or sf haiku in 2017, please send it to me tomorrow (5/31 is the deadline) for consideration for the Dwarf Stars Anthology (send to

      I, too, can’t wait for “Spaceship windows”!

      And, Kathy, I also didn’t know what a “ticket wicket” was before last week, even though I had obviously used them. Great group of poems, I’m particularly fond of Susan Rogers’.

      1. Thanks Deborah!
        I’ve compiled a few, and submitted via my email:
        It sometimes goes into people’s Spam Folder for some odd reason, if you don’t see it. 🙂
        Like you, I thought Susan Rogers’ haiku was very cool!
        I’ve written some fresh Space Haiku, some with windows, so just going through a rotation of revisions, and I hope they’ll find homes. 🙂
        warm regards,

  12. Fabulous lines!
    Congratulations everyone.
    Thanks Kathy so much, deeply appreciated!

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