Michael McClintock

we’ve had a good year—
a bone for the dog
and a walk to go bury it
a black bear
standing full height—
the winds of March
each there
for the other—
moon and pine
        a poppy . . .
   a field of poppies!
the hills blowing with poppies!
having no thought
we’ve come to see them—
dogwoods in bloom
July heat . . .
rinsing peas in water
cold from the well
ancient mountains . . .
runners clearing hurdles
on the practice field
rhubarb leaves
how they soften
the pelting rain
a little inn
with a swinging sign-board . . .
the evening chill
winter sun
I look for something useful
to do with my hands
All poems copyright by Michael McClintock. 
They may not be used for any purpose without explicit permission.
All of the poems above originally appeared in various publications sponsored by The Haiku Society of America, Haiku Poets of Northern California, Single Island Press, and in Frogpond, Haiku Magazine, The Heron’s Nest, Mariposa, and Modern Haiku.

1 thought on “Michael McClintock

  1. It would be hard to find, and maybe impossible, a finer short collection of haiku. These are highly polished and lead to ever-deeper thoughts for the reader to carry through the day.

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