from the Icebox inbox – 33

green leaves
cradling in its bosom –
bird’s nest

Payal Aggarwal

slow-drifting clouds
out of the lebanon cedar
a discussion of crows

Alan Summers

long tailed tits
gathering in the hawthorn
first flurries of snow

John Hawkhead

the pause
he takes on his flute –
spring rain

narrow road
the clash of umbrellas
as we near the Buddha

Kala Ramesh

the setting sun’s rays
on a carousel horse –
unicorn ride


Here by the pool
where no one swims
voices of cicadas

Jane Wieman

summer ends
counting cicada calls
on one hand

Michael Henry Lee

4 Responses to “from the Icebox inbox – 33”

  1. Some lovely work here. I think my favourite must be Jane Wieman’s, but Kala Ramesh’s are both excellent too.

  2. A stimulating selection, but with its fair share of idiosyncrasy and unease. Like Norman, I especially like Kala’s two this time. John’s long-tailed tits make me think of home. Payal’s might have been more natural with ‘cradled’? It is a very satisfying picture though. Alan uses ‘discussion’ in place of the conventional collective noun for crows, ‘murder’, and with good reason. Judit takes us back to childhood, and I imagine the horse has become a unicorn because she holds onto that twirly rod passing up through her mount’s shoulders and connecting to the revolving ceiling? For a haiku poet to be counting cicada cries slightly worries me (a bit like counting syllables)! I do of course understand the point that they are getting few and far between.

  3. Payal Aggarwal Says:

    Hello Gerald, thanks for having my poem included for the Icebox inbox -33

  4. Thanks Tito,

    We had a trio of young crows move into the area, and over the months I’ve observed them, as well as listened to them, go through their various stages.

    They certainly aren’t a Murder, or a Crew, and it’s been fun to hear them argue, then grumble, explore, and then later get used to things and even calmly discuss.

    I’ve observed crows for over twenty years from Queensland to England, and other than Blackbirds, they are my favorites. :-)

    Thank you so much for selecting my haiku and appreciating it.

    I really like all the haiku including John Hawkhead’s long tailed tits to Kala Ramesh’s haiku about music and so many more haiku on this page.

    By the way, in Queensland (just outside Brisbane in particular) there was almost thousands upon thousands of cicadas as if they were generating heat waves. :-)

    my warmest regards,


    Alan Summers
    Wiltshire, England

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