from the deep well
this glass of water.
A frog floats
A dying colleague
in my dog's mouth--
of the last cherry.
on front porches--
the smoky smell of fireworks.
I sit, still.
The canyon river chants,
along the lattice walls;
a candlelit porch.
Stone Lagoon and sky
warmed by whiskey
we pass the night.
around a half moon
One of the many pleasures
of semi-retirement is having a few more hours in the week to explore new and varied
topics of personal interest. While creating the Spirit
of Gardening website, I found many haiku and short poems that fit perfectly
into the gardening and "Green Way" themes.
I began the study of
Zen in 1962, and that path, undoubtedly, helped create in me a strong interest
in haiku. Correspondence with many poets, and following up
on their suggestions, led me to a delightful exploration of the larger
world of haiku, senryu, tanka, tercets and other short poems. I kept
my haiku research notebooks on-line, and as they expanded they became
the Cuttings: Haiku
and Short Poems website.
Feedback on my poetry notebooks
was positive, and I got some encouragement from Michael McClintock, Debbi
Bender, Ann Gleeson and others. Over 1.4 million webpages
have been served to readers around the world from that website since March, 2000.
In 2003, I focused more
on the Cloud
Hands website and numerous other web publishing projects and less on
Mike Garofalo grew
up and was educated in Los Angeles. He has worked for over 35 years as a librarian
or manager. Mike and his wife, Karen, now live and work part-time in the
north Sacramento Valley in California.
His interests include gardening,
T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Eastern and Western philosophy, walking adventures in the northwest,
natural history, and enjoying the stack of good books on his desk.
Mike has been a cyber librarian
and web publisher since 1992 for Green