December morning
my neighbor ties blue balloons 
to her front porch

—Kelley Jean White

About the author: email: KelleyWhiteMD at

I was born and raised in New Hampshire, have degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, and have been a pediatrician in inner-city Philadelphia for the past twenty years. In the past several years I have had 850 poems accepted or published by 200 journals. My book, The Patient Presents, was published by The People's Press in Baltimore and a chapbook, "I am going to walk toward the sanctuary," was published by Nepenthe Books/Via Dolorosa Press.

Responses to the haiku for 12 December 2003 by Kelley Jean White

    Marjo in San Francisco (marjosfo at earthlink dot net)
    2003-12-12 17:57:54

    green balloons for spring's growth
    yellow balloons for summer's sunshine
    orange balloons for fall's foilage

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-13 03:20:24

    the party's over
    december evening ...
    somberly, she sits alone
    on her back porch

    john tiong chunghoo
    2003-12-15 23:52:45

    next door death
    the chinese woman
    ties a red ribbon at her gate

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-07-28 20:26:23

    her beauty
    graced thousands of eyes --
    two were mine