Tuesday, January 7, 2014

haiku--By Robert Epstein--United States

cathedral quiet
in the closet
where she hides

last day of spring
some of the sky
cupped in her hands

dust motes
we don't really
die alone

you and me and our 60 watt life

another death expanding silence

Robert Epstein is a licensed psychologist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has edited several anthologies:L 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. Nice haiku, Robert. Thanks for sharing. I would be honored if you would consider submitting some poetry to my poetry publication, Creative Inspirations. More information can be found at: www.tgbtgpublictions.com, or you can contact Karen for my postal address. Many blessings to you!


  2. To me, this lends a simple beauty to the tragedy of mental illness which has both beautiful and terrible moments. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Thank you, David Austin, for the following comment--

    I'm a nut for Haiku, Robert. You've touched the mystery and whimsy of the form. Love, Dave

  4. Dear Robert -

    I'm a BIG fan of the LITTLE haiku. Such a sad string throughout these. So much of it in in these brief passages. "Cathedral silence" "Another death expanding silence" "60 watt life" Masterful I'd say.