Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
About Simply Haiku
Autumn 2006, vol 4 no 3
On the radio, Louis Armstrong croons: "Leave your worries on the
doorstep, life can be so sweet, on the sunny side of the street."
Downstairs, on our side of the street, my daughter is caught up in a
"Don't worry dad, it's just a cold," she says.
Louis sings on: "I used to walk in the shade with my blues on
parade . . ." It's a live recording--the audience clapping and cheering at the
Another staccato coughing fit. I switch to a blues station.
Does she believe herself? HIV positive, the cigarettes lower her
resistance, make an AIDS response more likely.
mountain ash berries glow
Ray Rasmussen became interested in haiku poetry after photographing the Kurimoto Japanese Garden [http://raysweb.net/japanesegardens] near his home in Edmonton, Canada. He searched the Internet for Asian poetry to supplement his images and was taken by the simplicity and beauty of haiku and of the haibun style of writing.
Ray's publications are found in Contemporary Haibun, Contemporary Haibun Online, The Heron's Nest, Tiny Words, World Haiku Review, Simply Haiku, haigaonline, Haiku Harvest and Life Sherpa.
His web site, Haibun Journal, contains more of his own haibun as well as the work of other writers in the genre.
Ray formerly served as Haiga Editor and Webmaster for Simply Haiku. He is currently the managing editor of Contemporary Haibun Online [CHO] and haibun Editor for the World Haiku Review.
Ray's personal website is Ray's Web [http://raysweb.net]; his haiku related website is Haiku [http://raysweb.net/haiku/].
Copyright 2006: Simply Haiku