Morning Haiku and Waka – American Memorabilia – October 6, 2015

St. Louis

my first baseball game
watching the Cardinals lose
at Busch Stadium

little Italy
even in St. Louis
walking on the Hill

an Illinois fall
vast fields of soy and sorghum
stunning red tree tops
a tornado siren screams
deer walking Cambria’s streets

© G.s.k. ‘15

Wal-Mart ®

in the early dawn – shopping
cleaning the cart with Wipies ®
an old man in pyjamas
four litres of milk

in the early dawn – shopping
among blankets and donuts
computers, clothes and cell phones
don’t forget the bling

cleaning the cart with Wipies ®
this odd modern novelty
fear of germs and terrorists
pulsing every where

an old man in pyjamas
in the supermarket lanes
imagine an Italian
red-faced with shame

four litres of milk
all in one huge container
everything’s bigger here
walking for miles in Wal-Mart ®

© G.s.k. ‘15

I’d been away from the United States since 1979.  When I arrived, the first thing I noticed of course was the TSA, something that had not existed the last time I’d been home.  A couple in the line before me had a small child and the child, a bottle of milk, which they had to throw in the trash.   I had a box full of rings in my hand bag (we were told to carry valuables in our hand luggage) a beeper beeped and three guards jumped out and told me to open my bag and step back – slowly. A guard took out the box of rings (and just about everything else) and when I tried to help her open it another guard began to shout at me.  They asked me what they were.  I told them – rings (?).  They took my fingerprints – I was worried they’d take my rings too … one never knows what dastardly damage I could have done with them.

bling and baby’s formula
flying in the States

© G.s.k. ‘15

(Well, I got carried away with my American Memorabilia and didn’t follow our guest writer very well in his style and spirit … I may try later.)

Carpe Diem Special #171 Cor van den Heuvel’s “baseball”

The goal of CD Special is to try to write a haiku in the same spirit as the poet presented .. today we read about Cor van den Heuvel in the featured article … and here are some of this haiku from which to be inspired:


conference on the mound
the pitcher looks down
at the ball in his hand

pitcher and catcher
head for the dugout
the batter stares at his bat

© Cor van den Heuvel (from: baseball)

shading his eyes
the wooden Indian looks out
at the spring rain

late autumn-
sunlight fades from a sandbank
deep in the Woods

© Cor van den Heuvel

15 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – American Memorabilia – October 6, 2015

    • That’s the vision that’s projected (and I think fomented as well by media et al). I read an article by a blogger who stated that these mass murders are not so much a gun regulation problem in the U.S.A . but that there’s more mental disorder … maybe the stress etc is high in the U.S. … but I think we should take into consideration that in the rest of the world’s people who are not in a war like situation (like Syria for ex) don’t go around shooting up schools and theatres because they’re stressed out. I think that if it’s mass psychosis, then it’s being induced. Of course if there were no ready firearms on hand ….


  1. Real culture shock, huh? LOL All kidding aside, it’s a shame how much we’ve changed for the worse in most ways. But I enjoyed how you captured it in words.


    • As you say it was really quite a shock .. and going through check-in is really traumatic – though two years ago it wasn’t so bad from Atlanta … they’re organized in a different way.

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        • Yes, from what I’ve seen, and that isn’t really much, each place does seem to be different … the experience I wrote about was in Chicago … I didn’t find so much hassle in the other 4 or 5 airports I went through …

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  2. Irresponsible persons committing heinous crimes is awful. My entire nation seems to be suffering from PTSD and over reacting almost constantly. And each new crisis sends everyone into high alert.
    I did like your haibun, tanka and haiku.


    • Thanks for your understanding Janice … to tell the truth, I was shocked at seeing the tremendous change after my long absence. Everything seemed too high-keyed. Glad you liked the post.


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