three sparrows bend 
the top of the young pear tree  
looming sunflower 

—Don Socha

About the author: Don Socha (socha1de at teaches writing full time at Central Michigan University and received bodhisattva ordination in the Deshimaru lineage of Soto Zen on June 2nd 2002. Besides haiku, he is very much interested in haibun or "haiku prose," specifically as it relates to lyrical nonfiction, journaling, weblogging, nature writing, and auto-ethnographic invention. Specifically, he considers himself something of a neo-Sophist and believes that hope for humanity lies exclusively in the calm mind and simplified, thoughtful nature.


Responses to the haiku for 24 July 2003 by Don Socha

    H. Gene Murtha (Genemurt at cs dot com)
    2003-07-24 20:38:47

    I like this Don, the season is clear, but I
    am curious to know why three sparrows, possibly
    two males competing for a female, and possibly
    the second or thrid brood, this late in the
    season. Thanks for the read.


    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-07-27 08:15:13

    as i read, "about the author", of late, which i seem to do, in order to understand the author's writing better, i felt this unsettling.

    upon my first, second, and third reading of the piece, i mumbled, "so what".

    there, seemingly, was something in this work.

    as i sat with things being rearranged within my mind, i dropped my pen. bending over to retrieve it, i saw what don was trying to duplicate.

    at that moment i was reading it upside down, or from the bottom line to the top line.

    looming sunflower...
    top of the young pear tree
    three sparrows bend

    gene, here i was thinking it was late spring or early summer, with these being offsprings, not quite having their wings, while being a little unsure.

    all's well; to each, his/her own...

    don, still a nice thought from you

    Bob Flannery (flannery3 at earthlink dot net)
    2003-08-27 20:25:09

    sunflower petals
    encased in clear plastic box
    in cooler's darkness

    Don Socha (socha1de at cmich dot edu)
    2003-08-28 10:54:31

    the mechanic eats
    a frozen eskimo pie
    his pinky stuck out


    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-06-30 03:30:29

    waning moon -
    two fledgling doves
    too large for the nest