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basho-ki 2008
This is the 10th Anniversary of of Basho-ki pages.
We have a lot planned this year. Basho-ki haiku readings,
a contest and an anthology.

AmphibianArk has also declared this the Year Of The Frog!




ALL HAIKU ARE COPYRIGHTED AND ARE PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL POETS




moving grass
after summer rain
new crop of frogs

***

walking along small stream
frogs jump in
splash, splash, splash

***

full moon
cool wind blowing ripples
frog's splash

***

old wooden bucket
tadpoles swim around
after summer shower

***

dog barking
looking up from grass
huge brown toad


Jim Applegate




secretions are the slipperiness of skin



Coke Brown Jr.




tree-frog choir practice
in the sweet still of evening
harmonies rising



Deirdre Godwin




lions and lambs?
this March again we wait
for spring peepers

William J. Higginson




pond ripples
frogís bass croak
within scale

***

morning warmth
a tadpole swims past
lily pads

***

pondís edge
a frog decides
to make the jump

***

dawn breaks
pond grows quiet
after a loud night of song

***

ice rimmed pond
one mallard and I
hear frog sounds




Harvey Jenkins




interrupted concert
first croaks this spring
still without reply


Maria Kowal




Fly eaters with their
skinny legs. The French eat them
But no-one I know


Rick Lupert







Robert John Mestre





Basho's frog-
we listen to its sound's echo...
the echo of echo

Vasile Moldovan





little frogs leap
into
concentric cirlces

***

Top hat and cane
strutting step
Hello!, ma baby...

J. Morgan Neal





eyes closed
the frogs sing louder
a distant train answers

***

sitting on a fresh dirt mound
a bull frog and
I

***

on the river bank
we bait two cane poles
grandpa said frogs talk

the big one says "come across"
the little ones say "too deep"

***

leaping into the bayou
cajun frog
or was that an alligator?

***

rain puddles
neighborhood kids
play leap frog

***

the sound of a frog
from beneath her desk
---- colcannon afterglow

***

Tribute to Arthur Roberts
new wooden deck
even the frogs ask
where he has gone


Brenda Roberts




early spring
I plant a frog pond
to havest haiku

***

empty house
frogs sing a dirge
for my father

***

bending under
the weight of the rain
the frog joins the pond

***

earth hour--
in the darkness
frog song

***

frog-faced Heqt
sings for spring's return
rain on the Nile

***

second plague--
frogs in the
bread ovens

***

biology class
the teen witch refuses
to dissect a frog

***

puberty
the choir boy
croaks like a frog

***

the cat plays
with the rubber frogs--
outside a toad croaks

***

japanese garden
the toad burps
like her husband


kawazu





dirt road moon
frogs we gigged
heavy in the bag


Dave Russo




he is an old soul
he gives his wisdom in song
the frog on the log

***

he calls forth the rains
that cleanses earth and soul
he is walosi

(Cherokee for frog)


White Wolf




near dusk--
a tadpole surfacing
bursts the moon


Paul O. Williams
First Place Winner
March 2008 Shiki Kukai
"any spring" Kigo




traffic
forced to choose -
migrating toads

***

unblinking
the toad who lives
in the privy

***

startled
we jump together
the frog and I


Sara Winteridge
England



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