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Poetry by Robert Stone: Haiku

Dear Reader,

Another two months have rolled by and here are the recent haiku. All of them were written as comments on comments or on status notes or on photographs or on blog posts or in responses to emails. If you are really curious as to what caused me to write one of these, send me a note at and I'll let you know. -ROBERT STONE

Haiku by Robert Stone
Written September and October 2011

What power must be
when words of one not yet met
speak so directly.

- Friday, 2 September 2011

Life is swift enough.
Don't wish your wishing day short.
Dream future perfect.

- Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Having thought wrong things
saddens the heart but sadder
no one can unthink.

- Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Wishing you wholeness.
Birthdays are sturdy signposts.
Age is illusion.

- Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Back from show and tell,
colon showing no problems,
surgeon looks and says.

- Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Best birthday present--
having new eyes to see
old things in new ways.

- Wednesday, 21 September 2011

You have the right words
so wish yourself happy day
while I praise your charms.

- Sunday, 25 September 2011

Things happen, we learn,
we can't live without milestones,
appreciate them.

- Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Memories minders
need others to validate
what they remember.

- Saturday, 1 October 2011

Today even more
may smiles reflect your joy,
may song fill your heart.

- Friday, 7 October 2011

To live beyond now
is to gather hell's tortures,
the further, the more.

- Friday, 7 October 2011

Abstract never fades.
Rainbow never fails to fade.
Clouds cannot be touched.

- Saturday, 8 October 2011

Wish I had words for
Birthday Storytelling Day
but I don't know much.

- Thursday, 13 October 2011

A dog in each race?
Not you, we all know you have
Dogs in every race.

- Saturday, 15 October 2011

Others say, will, won't
but I always tend to think,
no attention paid.

- Monday, 17 October 2011

Small is relative.
Miniature is not small,
merely smaller than.

- Tuesday, 18 October 2011

As much as you can,
as often as you have strength,
for slower will come.

- Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Checking out the list
of people who need lesson
and I am on it.

- Thursday, 27 October 2011<

What is not to like?
But that beautiful smile is
what I remember.

- Friday, 28 October 2011

Helping everyone,
if you never help just one,
is a sham pretence.
- Monday, 31 October 2011

1000 haiku countdown to Chambers Stevens' 50th birthday,who posted on Facebook: "It is a 1000 days until I am 50 years old. Wonder what I could accomplish in a 1000 days if I put my mind, body and soul into it?" I said I could write a haiku every day for a thousand days.

On the very first
day of Chambers' thousand days
I wish us both well.

- Wednesday, 14 September 2011, day 1

On the second day
more reflecting and planning.
The first step is past.

- Thursday, 15 September 2011, day 2<

Actors need three Be's:
Be prepared, Be inspired, and
Be in the right place.

- Friday, 16 September 2011, day 3

Find four-leaf clover?
If glint in the eye high hope.
If searching time waste.

- Saturday, 17 September 2011, day 4

Avoid unsenses:
Blindness, deafness, stench,
blandness, and numbness.

- Sunday, 18 September 2011, day 5

Great performances
have actors who disappear
beneath characters.

- Monday, 19 September 2011, day 6

I see what you see
when you have persuaded me
I can trust your eyes.

- Tuesday, 20 September 2011, day 7

Words describe action,
words expose motivation,
words reveal oneself.

- Wednesday, 21 September 2011, day 8

A great play makes one
see oneself in a new way
and change one's outlook.

- Thursday, 22 September 2011, day 9<

Imagine new worlds
either crowded by much or
outlined by little.

- Friday, 23 September 2011, day 10

Structure based on facts,
if the facts are not well known,
must be emphasized.

- Saturday, 24 September 2011, day 11

Fire-spitting fingers
better be followed up by
fantastic acting.

- Sunday, 25 September 2011, day 12

When all is absurd,
the most ordinary thing
catches attention.

- Monday, 26 September 2011, day 13

If the choices are:
success or satisfaction,
reject the question.

- Tuesday, 27 September 2011, day 14

Responses from some
who see you create a role,
will be surprises.

- Wednesday, 28 September 2011, day 15

How far can one move
and still stay within the lines?
That far suffices.
- Thursday, 29 September 2011, day 16

Show other people:
fire of youth, stings of aging,
and undying dreams.

- Friday, 30 September 2011, day 17

How without meaning
to tell the porch ignorant:
Put it on the porch.

- Saturday, 1 October 2011, day 18

Silence and stillness,
alike yet unalike wait
to join or dismiss.

- Sunday, 2 October 2011, day 19

Life is piles and holes.
If you want impressive piles,
you must dig deep holes.

- Monday, 3 October 2011, day 20

Listeners need helps.
Pauses are punctuation
to help sort our thoughts.

- Tuesday, 4 October 2011, day 21

Teach your eyes to say:
Give me a part in your dream
so each helps other.

- Wednesday, 5 October 2011, day 22

All of us may think
the world could be different
but few will so live.

- Thursday, 6 October 2011, day 23

Dance your way through life,
smaller and greater movements,
circles expanding.

- Friday, 7 October 2011, day 24

Self deception is
sun-less-shine unshadowing
the road to nothing.

- Saturday, 8 October 2011, day 25

No mirror existswhich can show imperfectionsone will not admit.
- Sunday, 9 October 2011, day 26

Surrendered bodies
are surfaces upon which
to paint new visions.

- Monday, 10 October 2011, day 27

The longest journey
ends with but a single step
just as so it starts.

- Tuesday, 11 October 2011, day 28<

Good first impressions
falter and fade when followed
by indifference.

- Wednesday, 12 October 2011, day 29

Easy to be late
but danger lurks in thinking
never too early.
- Thursday, 13 October 2011, day 30

Ends contrived or not,
if planned may still go awry,
if chaos go well.

- Friday, 14 October 2011, day 31

Judgment and mercy,
two sides of one coin buying
our expectations.

- Saturday, 15 October 2011, day 32

Experience kills
when extremes are too strong and
moderation fails.

- Sunday, 16 October 2011, day 33

Water is your friend.
Dehydration waits, silent,
masking its symptoms.

- Monday, 17 October 2011, day 34

Travelers choices:
food most like what have at home,
food before untried.

- Tuesday, 18 October 2011, day 35

When you are shown much,
do not neglect one who has
only one lesson.

- Wednesday, 19 October 2011, day 36

Walk humbly so that
good intentions precede you
around the corner.

- Thursday, 20 October 2011, day 37

Never relaxing
distorts mind, tears down body,
and deadens spirit.

- Friday, 21 October 2011, day 38

Always be prepared
and be seen to be prepared
so doors stay open.

- Saturday, 22 October 2011, day 39

Root out negatives
so those you impress don't say,
wait, there is something.

- Sunday, 23 October 2011, day 40

Love or do not love,
but do not fall victim to
an almost loving.

- Monday, 24 October 2011, day 41

Faulted for thinking?
No one knows what others think
but they can blame you.

- Tuesday, 25 October 2011, day 42

Some people can have
only one friend at a time.
Do not be that friend.

- Wednesday, 26 October 2011, day 43

*After this came to mind, I thought about changing "have" to "own." If "own" means more to you, feel free to use that version.

Rain is a great gift
but those with many faucets
take it for granted.

- Thursday, 27 October 2011, day 44

When you teach robots,
do not forget they may know
how to master you.

- Friday, 28 October 2011, day 45~Say what needs be said
but needless further comment
may seem insulting.

- Saturday, 29 October 2011, 46

When least expected,
something awaking within
will push out new growth.

- Sunday, 30 October 2011, day 47

If others must change,
we love our own reflection
and not the others.

- Monday, 31 October 2011, day 48The Next Earlier Robert Stone. Haiku: Haiku written July- August 2011 by Robert Stone

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