Monday, January 27, 2014

a special birthday for a special friend

6oth birthday
her smile
still reaches her eyes

  It's Roberta Beary's 60th birthday today. Her youthful energy and attitude are a tribute to her great genes and sense of self.   If you're the only haiku-senryu-tanka fan who is not familiar with Roberta's work, or with my admiration for a special friend, see the f/k/a posting "the unworn necklace: roberta beary's gems", from 2007.   As often happens, when I reread that posting this morning, I found a passage I had forgotten that I wrote that still resonates, and is quite appropriate to say again to Roberta today:
[P]lease don’t feel that you have to “suffer for your art” this next decade. Don’t visit the Dark Side just for your fans’ sake. But, do take us wherever life brings you.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

that same path again?

New Year's Eve
I slip on 
my own frozen footprint

A holiday post card from Roberta Beary, with an annual Happy New Year's haiku, inspired me to actually write something today.  The poem was "inspired by actual events," as we're ending 2013 with a lot of frozen slush on the sidewalks, alleys and parking lots of Schenectady.

Happy New Year to all who stumble across simply senryu this Holiday Season.  Watch your step, please.

 -photos by David Giacalone at the Lawrence Circle in the Schenectady NY Stockade District -
- click on the calendar for a larger version to view or print -

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Yu Chang is 75 tomorow (really)

head held high
the old dog
dog-paddles home
Five years ago, I surprised a lot of readers at my weblog f/k/a, when I announced that August 30, 2008 was Yu Chang's seventieth birthday.  Although I realize that five years have indeed passed, I'm still amazed that my good friend and haiku mentor Yu Chang will be seventy-five tomorrow, August 30.  I'm posting this a bit early to allow Yu's fans to react appropriately.

 I'm lucky to have Prof. Chang living just two miles away, and upon his return from an annual visit to Maine, I hope to celebrate over green tea ice cream and bocce.  We might even take our cameras over to the famed Schenectady New York Central Park Rose Garden (where we will again discover that there is plenty of beauty to be enjoyed even when a bit past peak).

By the way, Yu recently told me an old Chinese legend about red beans.  Read about it in the posting "longing for red bean ice cream."

- 1st photo: Gateway Landing Gazebo, Rotterdam, NY, after hurricane Irene (Sept. 1, 2011)
- 2nd photo: taken at Congregation Gates of Heaven, Niskayuna, NY (April 30, 2011)

Saturday, February 09, 2013

fantasy New Year trilogy

My fantasy wife inspired a trio of haiga for Chinese New Year 2013.
Happy Year of the Snake!

 another New Year
she still expects


Year of the Snake
she tempts me
with more apple pie
New Year
she brings my tripod

- photos taken by David Giacalone; Jumpin' Jack's fireworks, Scotia NY 2009 -

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

still missing in action

summer solstice!
 my haiku muse
                  calls in sick

- photo: Riverside Park along the Mohawk River, Schenectady NY, by d.a. giacalone
- poem originally posted at dagosan's haiku diary on June 21, 2006, and truer than ever - 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

the ides of march sneaks up on me

ides of March
Spring's first cricket arrives

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

National Breakfast Day


breakfast alone
except for that cricket
behind the fridge

.. The Heron’s Nest (Vol. X, No. 4, December 2008)

- Good Cause: send a breakfast picture to and Kellogg's will give a breakfast to a kid who needs it.

Monday, February 14, 2011

flamingo envy

Valentine's Day
a pink flamingo
- a romantic pair of flamingos visit the Schenectady Stockade -

Thursday, February 03, 2011

happy 4709!

Chinese New Year
the only good restaurant


Thursday, December 02, 2010

holiday memories

Here are a few senryu from the first week of "simply senryu" in late November 2005:

first Sunday
after Thanksgiving --
only the dog wants turkey


home for Christmas -
three old bladders
and one bathroom

married a decade
she hides
the mistletoe

........... from second thoughts (2005)

Thursday, August 12, 2010


a blue tongue
and a red mustache -
trading snow cones

poem: orig. pub. Frogpond (Winter 2008); photo: Arthur Giacalone

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Independence Day 2010

Independence Day
the parade ends
at the shopping mall

- photo by David Giacalone (July 2, 2010) along the Mohawk River, Schenectady NY -
- find fireworks (and watermelon) haiku and senryu by the f/k/a family of poets here; and photos of the annual Jumpin' Jack's fireworks display in Scotia, NY, taken from my backyard along the Mohawk River, there, for 2009, and there for 2010, at my photoblog -

Friday, July 02, 2010

BabyB's gotta go (again)

See my news about BabyBarista and his move to The Guardian at dagosan's haiku diary today.

casual Friday
the baby barrister
unbuttons his vest

Monday, June 21, 2010

stil readin' & weedin'

she weeds
while I read
summer begins