gray morning --
clouds cover the lake
in mother-of-pearl

—Betty Kaplan

About the author: Betty Kaplan, BKaplan297 at

Retired from the Fashion Industry. Used to arrange clothes. Now arranging words. Started to write haiku five years ago. Published in Frogpond, Lynx, Woodpecker, South by Southeast World Haiku Review and American Tanka.


Responses to the haiku for 1 May 2006 by Betty Kaplan

    2006-05-01 14:13:14

    Hi, Betty read below a haiku from Albania:

    the moon
    girl-friends face
    thousands kilometers far away...

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2006-05-01 15:26:10

    Looking at oneself
    in the nacreous mirror...
    stylish stork

    b. m. richardson
    2006-05-02 05:16:24

    mist lifting
    cross the valley--
    a sea of wavering blue

    sylvain moret
    2006-05-02 14:39:24


    even though your english is rough, i always
    enjoy your albanian / english haiku. many
    albanians here are restaurant owners, and


    Bret Wooldridge
    2006-05-05 06:04:38

    Betty you genius. This was lying around under our noses all these years and you were the only one to see it! You have forever changed my definition of a billowy grey day.

    empty afternoon-
    crows grow distant
    in a flat white sky

    2006-05-31 00:45:51

    Hello Betty, Bret, and Group, 5-30-06
    Thanks for sharing your free form haiku which is a different haiku form than the traditional 5,7,5. I like your shorter haiku with the kigo words. The art teacher and I won a FedCo Com. grant for our middle school so we are reading, speaking, writing, dancing and even rapping haiku to a beat. Can you suggest any Japanese music or movie titles? Thanks, Janis

    2009-05-28 21:00:07

    spring rain puddles
    beneath duck in flight
    ...falls two more drops