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June 20, 2008

summer’s here — more mosquitos than fireflies

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 3:45 pm

It’s gonna be that kind of summer, I fear.
Of course, when you have no control over a situation, a grin often works better than a sigh. dagosan will be practicing his grin all night long, as we toast the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. Click for more mosquito haiku and summer solstice haiku.

Like pictures with your haiku? Soon today, you’ll find the Summer Solstice 2008 edition of HaigaOnline (Vol. 9-1) to ease yourself into the new season. It’s theme is the wind bell.

summer solstice
our window chime
perfectly still

….. by dagosan

Thankfully, lazybones dagosan had a few summer solstice poems already tucked away.

i read
while she weeds
summer begins

solstice party
the fireflies
are no- shows

solstice party mosquito2
the mosquito family
is the last to leave

shortest night –
the insomniac
waits for dawn

summer’s here!
we work up a sweat

haiga – originally at MagnaPoetsJF (May 24, 2007)
photo: Arthur Giacalone

………………………. by dagosan

mosquito smudge smoke–
soon the fireflies
leave too

only one
fans my ear…

one mosquito
whining all day…
my pillow

….. by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue
100 more mosquito haiku by Issa —

p.s. update 6 PM: Thanks to All Things Considered on npr, I just learned that June is National Bathroom Reading Month. See/hear “potty reading promoted” (by Margot Adler, June 20, 2008). Let’s face it, though, most books made to be read on the john are fairly tacky (or, yuk, the covers often are). However, if you’re looking for something with a bit more class for your Bathroom Library (and a lot of us Boomers have plenty of time for reading these days, while using that room), I want to suggest blawger J. Craig Williams‘ new book How to Get Sued. (Kaplan Publishing, June 2008).

Frankly, no matter what the newly-infamous Judge Alex Kozinski says in the Forward, this is not the kind of book I would ever read cover-to-cover. But, its entertaining “lighter side look” at how real life turns into real litigation — with blurbs about scores of odd (at least at first blush) lawsuits – – is clearly higher-brow and more educational than most next-to-the-toilet compilations.  Whether or not they wash their hands, your friends will come back to the party with plenty of questions and opinions about what’s wrong with our litigation system.  I bet Walter Olson has a copy in his half-bath powder room.

borrowed mystery –
the toilet-paper

…. by dagosan


  1. ” one mosquito
    whining all day…
    my pillow


    Comment by Ryan — June 20, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  2. solstice
    the tireless whine
    of the mosquito

    I’ll stop whining
    if you do

    wee hours
    a mosquito and I
    in the dark

    Comment by Bill Kenney — June 20, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  3. Hi, Bill, Thanks for the mosquito bytes.

    Comment by David Giacalone — June 20, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

  4. […] “How To Get Sued: An Instructional Guide” by well-known blawger J. Craig Williams [Giacalone, […]

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