in the wake of
a butterfly,
the wind picks up

—Jeffrey Woodward

About the author: Jeffrey Woodward is an American citizen who permanently resides in Windsor, Ontario, Canada but commutes daily to his employment in Detroit. His critical articles and poems (in both Eastern and Western genres) appear widely in online and hardcopy publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His selected poems will be published later in 2007.

Email: j_l_woodward at yahoo dot com


Responses to the haiku for 4 June 2007 by Jeffrey Woodward

    Alan Summers
    2007-06-04 03:52:54

    Of course it reminds me of the saying, but out of curiosity, which kind of butterfly did you see, to make you think of the old saying?

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-06-04 04:27:10

    flames have the forest
    on fire--
    even the clouds

    Barb Cooper
    2007-06-04 09:04:48

    I love this. It evokes memories of summers at the cottage and butterflies feasting on milkweed. Thank you.

    Scott Hurtubise
    2007-06-04 09:50:21

    It seems that the butterfly is at the mercy of the wind. As in life, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

    Suzie Molnar
    2007-06-04 11:11:49

    Feels like both butterfly and wind had synchronized the beginning of their day.

    2007-06-04 11:24:26

    Very gentle, unintrusive, openly interpretive, like a jet plane, the butterfly leaves it's print in the wind, but on an organic level. Very nice Jeffrey.


    Erin boynton
    2007-06-04 13:56:38

    i really enjoyed this haiku, the butterfly reminds me of new begginings-yet the past always follows us in our wake. Where can i read more of this author's work?

    Laura Collins
    2007-06-04 14:31:11

    Simple but beautiful.

    Bill Kenney
    2007-06-04 15:18:38

    A kind of butterfly effect, exquisitely observed. The butterfly effect goes on and on, and so does this fine haiku.

    Alexander Ask
    2007-06-04 17:17:53

    Exquisite Haiku that explains nature beautifully. Flapping wings can create large environmental changes.

    Stephanie Nassis
    2007-06-04 19:18:17

    Beautifully written. This reminds me of my childhood days when I was carefree.

    Terra Martin
    2007-06-04 19:45:46

    Whether you read this once or several times the aha moment is clearly seen, felt and heard. Excellent Jeffrey.

    David Green
    2007-06-04 20:20:25

    Like Alexander, I was reminded by your haiku that any small change is like touching the spiderweb of it all - Thank you!

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-06-07 20:37:23

    a beautiful thing, childhood days;
    even more beautiful, allowing a little of the child to remain in us, as we grow older.
    then, we can truly appreciate the meaning of carefree days--

    and nights


    carefree day
    yesterday is gone--
    tomorrow, yet to come


    carefree, only yesterday
    remembering what's important

    2007-07-08 08:27:42

    It was a simple, but beautiful, Haiku like this that got me hooked!

    Butterfly lands
    She closes her wings
    and disappears

    ..............Jane Reichhold

    Thank you Jeffrey for your exquisite word picture.