BP: A Sense of Place: City Sidewalks

“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks…” was the most recent theme of the Haiku Foundation’s weekly column, A Sense of Place. These columns took poets back to their haiku roots by pairing a place with a particular sense. Like the previous venues of shores, mountains, and hiking trails, the various senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch were explored. K.J. Munro, the editor of the column, picked and chose haiku that reflected these senses in the various locations.

Here are the haiku she selected from the ones I submitted. I am proud to say that the last one on touch was even a featured haiku. Thanks, KJ, for all your work over these past months; it is appreciated.

black Friday

the sidewalks crowded

with shoppers


ice and snow

the sidewalks crunch

under my boots


rush hour

the bus belches

diesel fumes


red kettle donations…

sidewalk Santa sucks

on a candy cane



boy scout escorts

an elderly woman


Nancy Brady, 2018


To read all the selections and to experience the variety of haiku chosen, go to www.thehaikufoundation.org and check out A Sense of Place under the Archives tab.

As an aside, a writer friend of mine said she thought that instead of “under my boots” that the haiku would be improved with a slight change of words. Here is Mary Wilkinson’s rendition:

ice and snow

the sidewalks crunch

beneath my boots


I have to say that I concur with Mary’s assessment.



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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2 Responses to BP: A Sense of Place: City Sidewalks

  1. Jules says:

    No crunching here. More rain. I wrote about that here: Record This!

    Excellent on getting published! I did get the ‘package’ – Did you get your PC from FL? 🙂
    I didn’t get mine yet. I’ve been sending PC’s to myself to help better record when I’ve been somewhere. 😉 And I always carry PC stamps.

    I even stocked up on PC stamps and 1st class Postage since mid Jan the rate goes up a whole nickel! Not that I mail much these days other than packages …

    Liked by 1 person

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