street sweeper
showering the pavement, fragrance
of summer rain

—Debi Bender

About the author: D.W. Bender (lacewing at is Development Advisor for the World Haiku Club and the Editor-in-Chief of its online magazine, the World Haiku Review. Her personal website is Paper Lanterns. An artist and poet, Debi lives in Orlando, Florida, USA.


Responses to the haiku for 1 July 2003 by Debi Bender

    paul m.
    2003-07-01 18:36:57

    This is an interesting poem (although the shape is a bit jarring). A street sweeper revives memories of a summer rain through the same wet pavement smell. An original, and surprising pairing!

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-07-03 06:12:58

    debi, another haiku moment has been captured.

    i, too, pondered your structuring.
    i read this piece several times, thinking i should leave well enough alone, however it beckoned me, akin to that first sip of cooling water on an arid day, to make some form of comment;

    would a little more condensation have worked as well.

    case in point:

    street sweeper...
    showering pavement
    fragrance, summer rain

    Debi (dmine at mpinet dot com)
    2003-08-03 00:00:00


    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-08-09 14:44:20

    debi, since you have had time to re-evaluate your position, possibly you have changed your answer...

    2003-08-10 23:21:16


    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-08-11 13:31:15

    "no", was her response; not once, but twice
    debi, what are you trying to say

    are you dissenting
    exactly, what is your "no" representing

    is this a refusal
    or perchance, of my words, you are a peruser

    what if, instead, i'd asked her for a dance

    john tiong chunghoo
    2003-12-31 22:45:34

    floral scent
    after the noon rain
    my inching libido

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-06-26 04:29:43

    summer morn
    sweeping her door steps ...
    shower fresh, fragrance