first snow
on the great wall
tourist tracks

—Mark Brooks

Based on a picture from Reuters of the first snow fall on the Great Wall of China this year.

About the author: Mark's haiku and renku have been published around the world and translated into several languages. He is the publisher and editor of haijinx, an international journal that examines humor in haikai. He has a hand in other haijinx sites and publications.

Mark is also the incoming editor of the Haiku Society of America's newsletter.

If you are incredibly interested in Mark, or simply bored, read his blog. Among other things, it covers haiku news and the happenings at haijinx.

email: mbrooks at haikai dot info

Responses to the haiku for 12 December 2000 by Mark Brooks

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-23 00:12:38

    snowfall on the great wall
    greeting laborers ...
    long line of silence

    Narayanan Raghunathan (mahashishta at hotmail dot com)
    2004-01-16 05:33:43

    This haiku brings to mind many things including Kafka's short story. Thanks Mark.

    snow falls on both
    sides of the Great Wall ~
    an eagle on the wall ~

    the eagle takes off ~
    eager cameras click the sky ~
    snow falls on still ~

    john tiong chunghoo (BAGIRUANG at YAHOO dot COM)
    2004-02-04 10:44:40

    straits of malacca
    a blue and white
    trails to shore

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-05-01 09:20:30

    the aged fig tree
    remnant of winter --
    seasonal fledglings take wing


    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-11-19 04:47:08

    A new footpath-
    through the human tracks,
    footprints of sparrows

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-05-24 19:13:23

    how many raindrops
    the dust settles --
    a footprint

    allen elias
    2005-10-05 14:57:12

    read your open letter on the haijinx site.
    seems as though you weren't quite able
    to "put the hai" back. seems as though you
    got caught up in a political whirlwind. one
    tip, a poets job is to write. poets who
    "ascend" into "editorships" etc. well, who
    cares! the hsa is nepotistic at best, and
    incestouous the rest of the time. your
    poems are missed, but check your ego at the door.

    calm night
    a ceiling tile

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-03-08 08:20:50

    first snow
    then rain--
    the other side of my window never seems to change

    mark, i ventured to the haijinx site, however it seems to be under (re-construction). i wonder if after 5 years the editor, too, has been changed...