Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Haiku-By Kelley White--United States

April snowstorm
pansies wait in the bathtub
before planting.

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barely summer
already gone to seed

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Dandelion fluff
and soap bubbles float by—
child’s birthday party.

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huddled tight, cuddled,
two little dogs on the porch,
freezing winter rain

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Lunar new year—
must the wreath and greens
be thrown away?

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Pediatrician Kelley White worked in inner city Philadelphia and now works in rural New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in journals including Exquisite Corpse, Rattle and JAMA. Her most recent books are Toxic Environment (Boston Poet Press) and Two Birds in Flame (Beech River Books.) She received a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant.


  1. Dear Kelley,
    Enjoyed reading and thinking about these haiku. Like especially your haiku about dandelions--we often think about them as a nuisance, but you lift them up!
    Thank you,

  2. Enjoyed these Kelley, thanks for sharing them with us!

  3. Kelley,
    I liked these, especially the one bout dandelions.

  4. Dandelion fluff and soap bubbles remind me of our sons' birthday parties in the backyard. Wonderful!

    ~Douglas S. Malan

  5. thank you friends, you're very kind! we are beginning a Nor'easter here in New Hampshire, funny to be thinking of summer

  6. Five very good Haiku Kelley. I liked them all but the third one best.
    Thanks for sharing your tallent.