abundant sunshine--
a praying mantis guards
a rose bush

—Mike W. Blottenberger

About the author: Mike W. Blottenberger (mwayten at hotmail.com) lives in Hanover, PA and is the author of a book of poetry Morsels of Manna (Mellen Press). His work has appeared in American Tanka, Frogpond, Mid-America Poetry Review, Tundra, and The William & Mary Review.

He did not start writing haiku until after the death of his younger sister five years ago.


Responses to the haiku for 4 August 2004 by Mike W. Blottenberger

    Kate (chrismomxyz at yahoo dot com)
    2004-08-04 04:37:49

    a praying mantis
    watches the leaves change
    a cat waits

    john tiong chunghoo (bagiruang at yahoo dot com)
    2004-08-04 06:08:39

    perching so still
    on the bloom
    praying mantis teaches me to pray

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yaho dot com)
    2004-08-05 04:16:57

    Silence, pleace!
    Let's listen to
    the noon prayer

    Ellen G. Olinger
    2004-08-05 09:06:40

    Early morning
    prayer plants
    waking up too

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-06 04:51:44

    greying hair
    tattered leather pouch, cross his shoulder --
    dirt stains his face