Great Spotted Woodpecker

Tapping Woodpeckers

Great Spotted Woodpecker

"Tapping Woodpeckers" is our team in the WHC Tournament being sponsored by the World Haiku Club.

Cucumber Sandwiches
A renku composed May 2002 by Tapping Woodpeckers
sun and wind
in fresh-laundered shirts
we set out walking

cucumber sandwiches
wrapped in plastic

lined up in front
of the Beverly Hills deli
a dozen Harleys

caught on the windshield
monarch butterflies

hot toddy steam wafts
from the mug

the kiss interrupted
by a sudden giggle

on her nose
a single flake
first snow

ocean microphone
snatch of humpback song

opera lover
his sister turns down
the radio volume

several eggs in the nest
the plover stages an injury

a rustling
in the wild grass
sweet alyssum

stars come out one by one
the smell of fresh turned earth

But for a woodpecker
tapping at a post, no sound
at all in the house

kitsutsuki no
hashira wo tataku
sumai kana

(from pg. 153, "The Essential Basho", translations by Sam Hamill, Shambhala Productions, 1998. ISBN: 1-57062-282-5)