face into the wind
dodging a spider's loose thread
and its pine needle

—Richard Straw

On Wednesday, September 17, 2003, Hurricane Isabel was making her presence known in North Carolina with strong wind gusts even as far inland as
Raleigh, which is at least 100 miles from the Outer Banks where she made
landfall on Thursday in the early afternoon. I wrote this haiku after
lunch on Wednesday while walking past some loblollies up a small hill near
my company's cafeteria.

About the author: Richard S. Straw edits technical documents and lives in
Cary, North Carolina. He has read, collected, and tried to write haiku, senryu, and haibun since 1966. In the late 1980s, he was the first editor of Pine Needles, the North Carolina Haiku Society's newsletter, which has ceased publication. In 1988, he wrote late afternoon bum, a trifold Haiku Canada Sheet. In 2001, he self-published A Hiker Sees His Shadow, an eight-page chapbook in memory of his father, Walter H. Straw, who died on April 9, 2001.

Selections of published haiku available here, courtesy of Dave Russo of the North Carolina Haiku Society; e-mail: rss at nc.rr.com.

Responses to the haiku for 24 September 2003 by Richard Straw

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-09-28 00:31:16

    the wind ~
    rustling leaves
    spirit of halloween is announced

    john tiong chunghoo (bagiruang at yahoo dot com)
    2003-12-27 08:04:20

    flipping pages
    the dancing words
    and page numbers

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-07-20 17:21:51

    summer shower
    startling thunder -
    her towel drops