BP: A Sense of Place: The Shore

The Haiku Foundation started a new weekly column called A Sense of Place in July. It was to take poets back to their roots of haiku writing by concentrating on the senses. Kathy J. Munro chooses the haiku based on the theme.

Kathy’s first choice of place was The Shore, and her first choice of sense was sight. From there, she continued weekly with the same place, but with a focus on hearing, smell, taste, and touch respectively.

As I live a block from Lake Erie, most of my haiku focused on that shore for my inspiration; however, the last came from a memory of a vacation trip with my family nearly thirty years ago. Even now, I remember how grossed out my sons were with my picking up what-to-them was a slimy sea cucumber (an echinoderm), which then acted defensively as it should.

lakeside walk

she searches

for lake glass



the waves slap

the shore


turkey vultures gather

on the lake shore

rotting carp


Lake Erie catch

lemon squeezed

onto fried perch


tidal pool

the sea cucumber lies limp

across my palm


Nancy Brady, 2018


To see all the selected haiku about the shore and the sense of touch for this week, including a few featured haiku with commentary, consider checking out http://www.thehaikufoundation.org: A Sense of Place—Touch.

Thank you again, Kathy, for choosing to use one of my haiku for your column this and the previous weeks.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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9 Responses to BP: A Sense of Place: The Shore

  1. Jules says:

    I am thankful to live by a creek. I saw the heron in flight – must have startled him when I walked to the end of the yard. I also saw a raven – a very big old raven this morning.

    I’ve found a couple of Monarch eggs. And found a site that states what to do with them. I’ll see if the eggs do hatch in 4 days. I’ll keep you posted.

    congratulations and continued success with your haiku!

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    • We live a less than a block from the Huron River and a block from Lake Erie so herons are a common sight; however, no matter how often I see them, I am in awe. Can’t claim to see a raven, but crows are common. Growing up, I guess I never realized how big they are.

      I can’t wait to hear about your adventure with the Monarch eggs.

      Thanks for the congrats; I just submitted a few haiku to a few journals. I fully expect to be rejected, and I hope I didn’t send any duplicates.

      Have a great weekend. ~nan

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      • Jules says:

        I think one – the one I though was hatching – stalled. But I’ve got a crawler! I just hope it is a Monarch and not something that eats them… aphids like to lay eggs on milkweed too.
        I picked a few more and have them in the tank – I’d like to have more than one…
        The crawler is about twice the length of a letter I and maybe three times as thick if the I were in bold?


      • I hope it is a Monarch. We need pollinators and your efforts are to be commended. We planted milkweed last year in our wildflower garden, but to no avail. We have had at least Monarch, but not for long. It flew away. Alas…

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      • Jules says:

        I wonder why if milkweed is so important it is hard to grow and transplant? But Butterfly bushes (some consider those plants weeds) attract many different butterflies, Monarch, Swallowtail, and other little ones too. Though cabbage butterflies – the little white ones sometimes with some spots are supposed to be a nuisance.

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  2. Well, we planted two different sets of seeds (maybe two different species of milk weed), but neither came up. Maybe we should consider a butterfuly bush next.


  3. butterfly, not butterfuly. I wish I could edit the previous comment.


    • Jules says:

      Oh… you can edit your own comments as well as anyone else’s. You might have to go to WP dashboard to do that. 🙂

      Not to worry about ‘phat’ fingers. I’m sure I’ve made a few of those mistakes too. 🙂


  4. Jules says:

    Good news, bad news. I think most of the eggs I tried to save didn’t make it. Some are actually laid without being viable. I found several ‘Cats’ today (caterpillars in different instar stages) so I cut the milkweed and put it in a jar of water in the tank. Hopefully some of them will make it. I think I’ve got at least 4 to 6. So tomorrow the grands at least will see something. I don’t think any are ready for making cocoons yet. But I am relieved to have seen more Monarchs (could be the same few) flitting around this last week than I have all summer. Maybe at least a couple that I’ve ‘saved’ will hatch.


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