red light
on a deserted road ...
autumn evening

—Bill Kenney

About the author: Bill Kenney has been writing haiku since a month before his seventy-second birthday. His work has appeared in various online and print publications and anthologies. He is one of the poets featured in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2007).

Also see Bill Kenney's weblog.

Responses to the haiku for 29 September 2006 by Bill Kenney

    2006-09-29 04:52:51

    This is excellent, Bill.

    judith Ingram
    2006-09-29 11:00:40

    I really like the twist in this haiku. It's a good one, Bill.

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-09-29 15:06:53

    pales in comparison...
    the colour of this rose

    2006-09-29 20:38:23

    Well done, Bill
    I can feel the heat at there...

    Georgia Kornbluth
    2006-09-30 20:34:37

    Layers of meaning, haunting, beautifully worded.


    2006-10-01 10:04:02

    Hi Bill - many congratulations on this. It's lovely - full of the silence of the moment.
    Best, Lynne

    Susan Constable
    2006-10-01 21:41:41

    Nice one, Bill. But doesn't it annoy you? lol That long, long red light . . . and no one in sight.

    Mind you, it gave you a moment to think . . . to appreciate the autumn.

    Vidur Jyoti
    2006-10-02 00:50:44

    red light blinking
    on a mist covered road
    whispers a secret

    Bill Kenney
    2006-10-02 08:06:27

    I got back from a trip to France on Friday, just in time to find this posted. Thanks, everyone, for your comments and contributions.


    2006-10-02 20:31:58

    Time to pause and enjoy the autumn colors ;-)
    Very nice, Bill!

    mike farley
    2006-10-03 10:26:49

    This one really illustrates the common experience normally required to communicate a haiku moment. I live out in the sticks, translate countryside, and there are no red traffic lights out here, not even in my town. So I was wondering, what the hell is that red light - possibly a train? Then Susan's comment brought me home to reality, and I must now say that this is one terrific haiku.

    d. f. tweney
    2006-10-04 07:10:36

    I'm fond of this one because the red light could be a traffic light, a train signal, a taillight, the red of a sunrise or sunset, or the red light reflected from autumn leaves. And the deserted road could be in the country or in the town. As Georgia said, it's a rich haiku!

    2007-01-17 11:49:59

    An evocative haiku which can be associated with aging(autumn evening). The road symbolizes (life).The red light means : (stop).So,being an old person, the narrator feels stuck, cann't go further on the road of life because he's deserted, lonely. But, this feeling does not go on. The idea of helplessness may flash as the red traffic light and change immediatly.
    I enjoyed reading.

    Collin Barber
    2007-01-23 11:29:12

    For some reason, I hadn't red this one until today. I truly enjoyed this one Bill. One of your many classics.

    2009-10-05 19:21:56

    summer tarries--
    fall forges ahead, anyway
    on path of red leaves