Rockville Public Library Poetry

Celebrate poetry with the Rockville Public Library and Vernon Poet Laureate Pegi Deitz Shea. On this page we’ll post favorite poems as well as pieces written by Vernon community members​.


Dear Literature lovers,

Last month, I had the pleasure to lead a “modern haiku & senryu” writing workshop at Rockville Public Library. Briefly, modern haiku (about nature) and senryu (about human nature) don’t adhere to the arbitrarily-set syllable counts and line counts you may have learned in your schooling. (The Japanese wrote in one vertical line, and used the syllables of their punctuation words, ex. Com-ma.)

The following poems are some of works we came up with. Some authors agreed to share them with their names; some are anonymous. I hope you enjoy the poems, and try your hand! Just google “modern haiku and senryu” to learn more.

 

By Nancy Swanton

uneven sidewalk
late for work—
faceplant

winter picnic—
soft quilt
fireplace

staring through the window
the doe awaits
her apple

back aching—
forget the item
on the bottom shelf

first sunshine after rain—
worms tracing patterns

 

by Charleen (Sistuh Clarity)

book club—
glasses
forgotten at home

pitter patter—
green tomatoes glistening
cleaning by mood—
toilet wand
dry

bell ringing—
old school house
vibrating

trees in forest,
red leaves
midair

swinging swaying—
big band

 

by Carol Barcomb

thunderstorm—
the key
oops, wrong car

laundry—
piles and piles
tomorrow

ironing—
folding instead

 

by anonymous

cold earth—
purple and yellow
crocuses

snowstorm—
where am I

skiing
downhill—
torn rotator cuff

important speech
large crowd waiting—
notes missing