Haiku Workshop Poems  19April 2023

empty tables wait
colorful invitations
for another tryst

—Laurie ShoulterKarall


city life engulfing me
rustling leaves bury cars
end in silence

—Yezenia Sandoval


sitting in the sun
finding my courage
scattered in my soil



kneel no
rise in praise

Anne Scheetz


morning glory
empty canvas ahead
writer’s block

bright mush
a spongy hill
oh lasagna

Kayswana McCoy

starry night
howling to the moon
bleeding heart



empty table and chairs
the water murmurs
a secret



round curly wind
shares the secrets
i wish to tell

Chirkira Cail


frosty whipped twin clouds
fully surprised dual eyes
not a common day



howling at the moon
my twin wolf
and four eyes

from her window
tabby watches the wind
walk a kite

regina harris baiocchi

Other Recent Haiku Workshop Poems

Harold Washington Library Zoom Workshops


avocado toast
served with a cold cup of rain
Autumn’s lunch menu

—Laurie Shoulter-Karall


gray stones piled high,
descending sizes, -teeter-
keep holding your breath

—Susan Ataman


unstoppable time
grab the most that you get
I’ll ask for seconds

—John David Karall


hesitant novice
envying haiku masters
wades in deep water

—Judy Meyers


man built balancing
nature offers an assist
wind gust sweeps away

—Julian Breslow


vegetable mountain
green sprouts cover red layers
hungry belly growls

—Judy Meyers


birds dance together
blue sky wears lacy ball gown

—Judy Meyers


Avondale-Logandale Elementary, Chicago


Justice equals peace
Hard work, freedom, happiness
Pen-clicking karma

—8th Grade Class, Room 302


Urban skyscrapers
Peopled with rushing shoppers
Steel-and-glass molé

—6th Grade Class, Rm. 102


Soccer ’round the field
Skilled players kick, run and shoot
Hands off, Chucky Cheese

—5th Grade Class, Rm. 202

Carter G. Woodson Regional Library NAP Workshop*


Barren wombs for pain
Thrust in chilled breath, warm tears stream
Branches mourning death

—Nyssa Bolden


Indian summer was to bring a joyful warmth instead it brought you

—Judith Bowden


kisses, hugs, mrs. heart-shaped relations entered weakened no pity

—Raymond Collins


street perfection shines
giggles flow from summer
reaching sky-blue land

—Vanessa Ellis


in the summer rain
hail covers lawns and
alley free of cats

—Renée K. Moore


whispering echoes
October secrets released
sharps never frost lips

—Stephanie Shanks


* This project was supported by a Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP) grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


Conrad Sulzer Regional Library Workshop


barbecue party
it was delicious and fun
wait a while to swim

we walk in the fall
we can get wet in the rain
we can jump in leaves

—Korean American Community Services After School Students


Harold Washington Library Center Workshop


mountains scratch the moon while a sleeping lion dreams of leaping red deer

—Will Cooper


Say goodbye sadly
But we’ll groove another night
Because we believe

—Sharon F. Warner