Showing posts with label Haiku and Senryu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Haiku and Senryu. Show all posts

Monday, June 6, 2016


I’ll admit it.  It doesn’t feel much like love when I’m doing it.  Laying out bread, layering meat, cheese, lettuce.  Slicing apples.  Refilling water bottles.  Granola bars.  Crackers.  Daily packing lunches to be eaten by hungry kids the next day just feels like a task.  And one I often feel like not doing.  But that’s love, isn’t it?  And my kids never wonder if and when they will get their next meal.  Never.  With tears, I am grateful for this privilege I dismiss as monotonous duty.

the happiest chirp
at the freshly filled feeder
humbled, I’m quickened

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner

Note:  I believe my haiku to be classified as more of a senryu since it includes the human element with nature/season.  Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


Photo © 2014 Jennifer Wagner

artist point
how a mistake can still be
so beautiful

© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

Above is a photo I took this summer at Artist Point in Yellowstone National Park.  The location got its name because it was widely believed that Thomas Moran created a sketch there which he used to create his famous 1872 painting, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  In 1890 photographer F. Jay Hanes published a park guidebook with the name and the title stuck.  The location Moran actually used is now called Moran Point. 

I was trying to convey the essence of that history in the poem, as well as another message which I think has a connection to artistry of any type: poetry, photography, painting, motheringsmilesetc. that, even if it may not be perfect, it can still be pretty beautiful.

Friday, August 30, 2013


photo © 2013 Jennifer Wagner

she never knew a man
before this
hasn’t known a real one since

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

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haiku my heart
Poets United: The Poetry Pantry

Thursday, June 20, 2013


evening lull
the steady creak – creak – creak
of the porch swing

© 2013  Jennifer Wagner

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Eeyore Drives a Minivan and Writes a Haiku

nobody notices
my windshield is a magnet
for rocks

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

“This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it."  -Eeyore, Winnie-the-Pooh

Thursday, June 13, 2013


waning vigil
luminarias burning low
firefly prays on

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Farolitos, Jemez Historic Site, New Mexico.  Wikimedia Commons

*Farolito:  little lantern (northern New Mexico).  For more about farolitos/luminarias go here.