Sunday, June 1, 2014

Haiku--By Ronald Grognet--United States

jasmine aroma
short walks longer

cherry blossoms
in the tidal basin--
a paddle boat

from the fields
tornado debris

Ronald Grognet is a retired Clinical Psychologist who practiced private individual and family therapy for thirty-five years. He lived and worked in Washington D.C., and Sarasota, FL before retiring in New Orleans to be close to his grandsons. Besides his volunteer time spent on disaster assignments for the Red Cross, he fills his time devoted to haiku poetry. His interest in poetry came as a gift in retirement. Reading an article about haiku filled with many examples, he recognized its similarity to the reflective stance of the meditation he practiced for many years. He has vigorously pursued its study for the last two years, personally experiencing its healing and enlightening qualities.


  1. Hi Robert,
    Your poem reminded me of the early spring day my sister and I took a paddle boat ride in Washington, D.C. The cherry blossoms were in bloom them. This is a magical piece that will transport many readers to places they have been in the past. Your haiku is amazing! Love and blessings, Carolyn

    1. Hi Carolyn, It's 25 years since I lived there but the experience is engraved in my memory too. Walking among the blossoms is transformative. Thanks for your comment. Ron Grognet

  2. Hi, Robert, Love your fun trio of Haiku and the great word paintings of different scenery and situations! Welcome to Whispers! Hope to read much more! Sheri @

  3. Dear Ronald,

    Glad to see you already have a couple of lovely comments on your haiku. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Keep up the good writing. Wishing you ongoing success.


  4. Hi Robert,

    I enjoyed picturing the great visuals in your haiku today. Welcome to Whisper's and hope to see more of your work in the future.

    Sandra Stefanowich

  5. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following comment--

    love these haiku

  6. Hi Robert. Welcome to Whispers. Thank you for sharing your haiku. I especially liked the first one. Something about "jasmine and short walks." Continued blessings!

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

  7. Hi Robert - Personally my favourite is #1. But all of them are amazing to read. I can connect to the images very well. Very refreshing and thoughtfully written.

  8. Ronald, all three haiku are beautiful. May God be with you.