Saturday, November 2, 2013

Selected Poems--By Robert Epstein--United States

sleepy hollow
hardly anyone talks about
heaven anymore

not yet ready
to call it a day, my niece
pockets some sunshine

winter wind riding the red fox home

dad's death day
birds he imitated
one week early

after heartache
the comfort of
swirling fog

Robert Epstein is a licensed psychologist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has edited several anthologies: The Breath of Surrender: A Collection of Recovery-Oriented Haiku; Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness; and The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change; as well as two books of haiku: Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku; and A Walk Around Spring Lake: Haiku.  He is currently editing another anthology, The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, due to be released in 2014.


  1. Your poems are rather thought provoking, Robert..thanks for sharing...Jan x

  2. Hi Robert. Thank you for sharing some wonderful short verse with us. I am a fan of the shorter poem. I enjoyed reading your poetry. If you do not mind, I would like to invited you to consider submitting some poetry to my poetry publication, Creative Inspirations, please. Karen writes a wonderful column for me and the many readers who enjoy her work. You can get more information by visiting:, -MJ

  3. Hi Robert, your poems have a special quality. Although I'm no expert on the shorter verse forms, I did enjoy these, especially the one about the wind riding the red fox home. They are such beautiful creatures! Well done Best wishes, Carolyn Devonshire

  4. Robert, My favorite was the alliteration poem, "winter wind riding the red fox home". All however are really nice. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Dear Robert:

    "Winter wind riding the red fox home" is a line to be remembered. Dad's death day and the bird song bring fond and not so fond memories to me. Thank you. These four seem consecutive rather than separate. Love them one and all.


  6. All emotional writes. Great reading these short poem of expression...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  7. Each of your "gems" paint clear, heart touching pictures for the reader, Robert! All but the first are delightful to envision! I smile as I read the 4th for I believe the birds came to pay a tribute to Dad; the 5th I can so relate to; and as to the first one..this reality saddens me.I enjoyed these very much!