From the category archives:


for a latter day knight

by kye on August 10, 2013

A joiku for my brother in law, a quiet hero twice over:

Twenty years of service
Second life, you lost your heart
Loved my sister well


at the blue hole

by kye on June 29, 2010

Here’s a joiku, in honor of a moment at the Blue Hole last week with my small twin great-nieces… seems only yesterday I was feeling my own legs learning how to kick forward exactly like that.

two little fishes:
one outstrips the other
legs kicking just so.

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for dolphins and dragonflies

May 25, 2010

A joiku for the Gulf’s creatures, great and small… Teeming water world, Our carelessness has touched you. Please don’t die. No. Please live!

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my lover the wind

May 12, 2010

This is a sort of double joiku, written for the ravishing wind I just came in from: my lover the wind tickles me on this hill top constant if unseen faithful in early summer by August you’ll be gone

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what savoir faire

May 7, 2010

a joiku for the squirrel who’s been living just above my windowsill since he was a young one old friend squirrel I reach for my water glass you barely blink an eye

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you’re still brilliant

April 13, 2010

a joiku for my mother… Yes, you are brilliant. It’s not your mind that’s brilliant now, But your eyes, so direct.

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joiku: sketching the essence of our loved ones

April 13, 2010

I just made up a new poem form! Basically, the joiku form is a way of vividly remembering our loved ones. I called it joiku because it crosses haiku with the Sami art of joiking (also spelled ‘yoiking’). From haiku it takes the three line form with a roughly 5-7-5 syllable count.  It also borrows the […]

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