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Journey along the coastline, up sandy beaches and into the majestic ocean as you discover natural sanctuaries teeming with abundant life. Let the beautiful haiku poetry of Edward Weiss transport you to a quiet place of peaceful attunement. Each haiku takes you to a special seashore experience you'll treasure again and again!


Copyright 2006 by Edward Weiss All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the publisher. Published by Wisteria Press, 2560 C Street, San Diego, California 92102. www.wisteriapress.com Printed in the United States of America ISBN 1-4276-0935-7 First Edition

Seashore Haikuby Edward Weiss

FOREWORD It's been called the shortest poetic form ever invented. In just three lines, the poet must capture an image from nature and transfer it to paper. Originally from Japan, the haiku poem has evolved into what is today considered modern form. That is, the traditional 5-7-5 arrangement of syllables may or may not be used according to the whim of the poet. This "freeing" of the haiku form has one main advantage - it allows the poet to focus on what is to be expressed without having to worry about fitting it into old forms. After all, it is the haiku spirit, not the rigid structure that is important. What has stayed the same through the centuries is haiku's unique way of expressing the natural world! Oceans, mountains, and woods have been revered subjects for centuries and continue to be written about to this day. Indeed, one can write about these subjects seemingly forever and still have fresh perspectives on them. The poetics of haiku rest on the juxtaposition between the fragment and the phrase. Most if not all haiku poems are comprised of these two elements. The fragment usually establishes the mood and atmosphere of the poem. For example, many a haiku poem has begun with something like - "Morning silence." This establishes the general ambiance of what is to follow. The phrase part of haiku writing consists mainly of capturing a "present moment," something the reader can enter into. In fact, what makes haiku so special is that it allows the reader to magically step inside the poet's vision without having to interpret it. That is, the haiku poet wants you to see what he or she saw directly. By writing in a descriptive present tense style, haiku let readers stand where the poet has stood. So dear reader, I invite you to sit back, relax, and enter into the magical world of Seashore Haiku! Enjoy the book Edward Weiss

August night -Pink and blue flowers Cover the seawall

A brown pelican Glides overhead Summer morning

January stars -So many lights On the sea tonight

Nightfall -The sweet smell of pine Reaches the shore

Low tide -The thick orange arms Of a starfish

Almost dawn -A seal covers itself With sand

Autumn sky -An albatross Settles on the pier

Daybreak -The beach path Covered with pebbles

Late summer -A clump of seaweed Decays in the sun

November walk -The salty taste Of crashing waves

Summer evening -The squeaky sound Of beach house floors

Morning clouds -Small waves Lap the shoreline

April rain -A piece of driftwood Washes to shore

So many buckets For one sandcastle Summer day

Pacific dusk -Only red light On the water

March wind -A buoy Wobbles on the sea

Winter chill -Barnacles cling To an old pier

The scent of daises Rises off the hill Autumn sea

Late winter sky -A sailboat barely visible On the horizon

A conch shell Half buried in sand Twilight

Cool spring day -A sea otter Grooms itself

Damp august morning -The pungent aroma Of sea grass

The persistent hiss Of ocean surf Eventide

Early evening -Small flat stones Line the shore

Late fall -Wisteria vines Reach the sea house

Ocean foam Fringes the beach Winter chill

June night -The cool wet feel Of tidal sand

Late spring -Red wildflowers Carpet the seawall

Autumn light -The aqua curl Of sea waves

November sun -A piece of pink seaglass Sparkles

Blue and white Shells in a jar Summer evening

Early summer morning -Pink-hued clouds Drift over the sea

Spring day -Purple wildflowers Along the coast

Seashore walk -Only stars Fill the sky

Winter light -A faint sound From the ocean this morning

Orange embers From a beach fire Fall night

Spring wind -A seagull pecks On driftwood

Autumn twilight -The timeless motion Of water against rock

January morning -The tingling feel Of cold sea air

Afternoon light -The smooth luster Of abalone shells

Calm spring breeze -A sea squirrel Nibbles on grass

Summer wind -The ocean So warm this morning

A crab Appears from a crevice Midnight sun

December morning -Only sandpiper prints On the beach

Sunrise -Mist hides The sea cliffs

Winter afternoon -The faint yellow gleam Of sand dunes

Warm summer night -A sea lion Finds an empty rock

Spring chill -The sound of waves Rising and falling

Early fall morning -Only footprints On the beach

Gold and white Light on the sea Late afternoon

Dusk -A pelican dives And catches a fish!

Quiet morning -A piece of kelp Floats to shore

Cool summer night -A sea turtle Lays its eggs

July sun -The sound of seaweed Popping

Winter sky -A red crab opens And closes both claws

September evening -The light purple hue Of tidal sand

So many shells On the beach tonight Ebb tide

Misty fall day -Only the bright orange Of a seagull's beak

Nightfall -Yellow-capped pelicans Head towards shore

Spring tidepool -A sea star Opens slowly

Spring dusk -Green sea foam Washes over stones

June sea -A sunflower Nods in the breeze

Light October rain -The scent of sea lavender Fills the house

Clear fall day -Sea birds Circle for fish

Dusk -The still glassy surface Of the Pacific

August heatwave -An egret wades Into shallow water

Bright December day -The sharp contrast Of sand and sea

Summer dusk -Sandcastles collapse With the tide

October sunrise -The crimson-hued rock Of sea caves

Moonlight -A cool sea breeze Enters the house

December twilight -The blue-white tint Of sea ice

Winter wind -Ice plants Cover the shoreline

Summer afternoon -So quiet Underneath the water

Misty autumn day -Sea foam Collects on shore

Calm spring sea -The scent Of approaching rain

A sea urchin Anchors to sandstone Rough seas

Sunset -Seastack shadows Bend in the water

September sky -A sand dollar Burrows in the mud

Thunderstorm -An albatross darts Into a sea cave

A heron Cleans its wings Autumn shoreline

Winter night -Only the sound Of crashing waves

Sea moss Covers a rock Light summer rain

The sound Of dripping cave water Hot afternoon

Hazy fall morning -A seal pup Shimmies onto the beach

Late summer wind -Tidal sand Glimmers on the beach

Summer twilight -A tern rubs its beak Against a rock

Miles of Empty shoreline January sunrise

Cold April morning -Seabirds gather Off the coast

Spring moon -The green glow Of sea algae

Hot June day -An otter Slips into the sea

Summer haze -A tern lands on a Rocky precipice

Daylight -The strong smell Of oyster shells

The reflection of Light on water Empty beach

A jellyfish Floats out to sea Winter light

Red fan coral Sway with the current Cool afternoon

The swirls Of a giant conch Morning sunlight

Cloudy dawn -A piece of seaweed In a heron's beak

August wind -A snowy egret Wanders towards the sea

Morning silence -A black-headed gull Waddles on the sand

Winter rain -A sea otter's whiskers Lie flat

The fresh smell Of ocean wildflowers September rain

Atlantic sunset -Bands of orange light Touch the water

Summer sky -Dark red specks On the sea rocks

A light gray sky Meets the sea Fall afternoon

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