Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Haiku--By Robert Epstein--United States

home alone
slowly slipping into
the sleeve of night

looking for something
to hold on to

in the crying rain death is still holy

the sun
on my face
that’s all

morning light
searching for a lullaby
to die by

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. Hi, Robert! Your Haiku are wonderful and so poignant and filled with imagery! Great metaphor usage and creativity, too! Always love reading your works here on Whispers! We are all so blessed! Sheri /

  2. Enjoy reading your haiku, Robert!


  3. Dear Robert,
    Stunning haiku! I love the all and my favorite is the last one. The personification of "morning light" searching for a lullaby touches my heart. Awesome work.
    Best wishes,

  4. Thank you, Andrea Dietrich, for the following--

    I love this set of haiku by you, Robert. You are someone who gets it with haiku! - Andrea Dietrich

  5. Hi Robert. I enjoyed reading your haiku. Continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  6. Hi Robert --

    I loved reading your Haiku. Great work!

  7. Love your work Robert especially the first: sleeve of night. Best wishes Ralph.