Thursday, November 6, 2014

Haiku--By Barbara Tate--United States

midnight thunder
the buffalo spirits
come to earth

heat waves
the sweet aroma
of quiet illusion

winter evening
snowflakes fall
on kitten whiskers

my son skips
his first stone

the sea oats wave goodbye

Barbara Tate is a member of the Haiku Society of America, Gulf Coast Writers Association and the United Haiku and Tanka Society. This year her work has appeared in Storyteller Magazine, Magnolia Quarterly, Frogpond, Cattails, Modern Haiku, Contemporary Haiku Online, Poet's Art and Brass Bell, among others. She lives in Winchester, TN.


  1. love your ripples haiku

  2. Dear Barbara, I enjoyed your Haiku, especially the one about the cat's whiskers being touched by snow flakes. Animals in Winter are such a rich subject area and especially well captured by a good Haiku. Thanks. Ron Grognet

  3. Dear Barbara,

    Wow! It's great to see you already have two encouraging comments on your haiku. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Please let me know if you have any questions. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


  4. Lovely haiku!
    Welcome to Whispers !

  5. Hi, the fact you belong to Haiku Society of America gives much credence to change and syllable count of your individual Haiku. I always thought there to be only one definite set of rules for this format, but now I know differently, even though I can't seem to let my mind "go there"... Beautifully expressive group of Haiku here! Sheri

  6. Hi Barbara, Thanks for sharing your lovely haiku. Also, we have something in common, our last name! I'm Christine Tate! Welcome to Whispers....

  7. Welcome Barbara:
    I enjoyed all your Haiku, especially the thunder as buffalo spirits,

  8. Barbara,
    A wonderful array of haiku. It's a pleasure having your work in my magazine and now seeing it here! Welcome to Whispers!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  9. These are wonderful and very indicative of the American mid-west in their content. I had such fun reading them. Thank you! Pam

  10. Welcome to Whispers, Barbara. I enjoyed your selections of haiku. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  11. Dear Barbara,

    Welcome to Whispers and what lovely imagery in the haiku you have written. The first one has a mythical feel to it that I really liked and third one is adorable picturing snow on kitten whiskers and a lovely image of your son skipping his first stone. Thank you for sharing these great images with us all.