Sidewalk Chalk Pastel with Haiku

Over at Miriam’s Wellan invitation to a haiku. And why not? As it happened, I was working on a post of pics that lacked captions, not that they needed any, but a bit of word garnish on a gallery augments the gadzooks. The haiku, posted on Miriam’s site, came in walking stride:

a            long            old            side            walk

a            child’s            pastel            chalk            drawing

blue             orange            bird             feathers

Oh blue bird’s posit
bald caw clears scald orange glory
down green wave evening.

Oh quick bird’s message
clear and cold sweet morning wake
again post evening.

Oh to be a bird
who sings each morning sunup
and feathers sundown.

Oh drifted droop bird
lands on hand chalk covered walk
feather dust bath wash.

Oh rabbit molt moon
rises on sun’s dwilting back
enough for one day.

Oh quiet streetlamp moon
paper birds rise up to you
words fall to sidewalk.

Oh artist angel
dance brushes painterly dust
sidewalk chalk drawing.

And don’t forget to check out Miriam’s Well.



  1. Dan Hennessy says:

    I need to be reminded .


    1. Joe Linker says:

      Empty mind here this morning. Bare sidewalk, like the tide just flushed out.


    2. Joe Linker says:

      How to Write Haiku:
      One two three four five
      six seven eight nine ten e
      leven seventeen.


  2. Dan Hennessy says:

    Chalk poetics . Interesting .


    1. Joe Linker says:

      Yes, and the text as quickly brushed off, rained on, hosed off. But you realize that ephemera is part of the art form. Ephemera is the chalk art, the haiku breath.

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  3. Oh her lovely hands …
    Must think of a Haiku in response. Miriam’s well is worth exploring …


    1. Joe Linker says:

      Oh her lovely hands
      covered with pastel chalk dust
      waves brushing up beach.


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