Friday, July 25, 2014

do bears live in the woods?

Brief family vacation this past week, somewhat dogged by uncooperative weather and corporate demands, but sparkled with shining moments of foolishness, fires lit in the rain, and awe at the wonders of nature.  Here are three haiku from Shenandoah National Park, as unpolished as the stalagmites that stand out of reach of the tourists at Luray Caverns.

underground beach
sandcastles drip
from the hard dark sky

big toe blistered
as sure as bears live
in the woods

you stare
with a mouth full of berries
we stare

Speeding out now for the last day of half work/half vacation.  See you and your summer moments over at
Poetry for Children with Sylvia and Janet!


  1. Love that underground beach with the drippy sandcastles! We went to Luray Caverns a couple years ago- a fabulous landscape for sure, and what an organ!

  2. I think traveling is such a perfect time to write haiku. A way to save moments even a camera can't.

  3. That first haiku is brilliant, Heidi -- what a unique way of looking at the caves! Beautifully done.

  4. I agree with Monica: and haiku is also a great way to embellish an album of vacation photos!

  5. Beautiful, Heidi. Thanks for sharing and hosting today. My post features the reader's guide for SILVEr PEOPLE by Margarita Engle in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the Panama Canal.


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