Seasonal Pertty
Everday Nature Down Home
Hillbilly Haiku


As many a school child has been, I was captivated by the seeming simplicity of the Haiku form of poetry. Three lines, 17 syllables and no rhyming necessary. Just enough rules to recognise the form, but not enough to make it boring. Furthermore, I found Haiku to have a rhythm not far off the short, clipped cadence of the rural Kentucky people I grew up around and admired so much. My parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the many friends of the family spoke in a way that often seemed simple, but bore generations of wisdom and lingering insights into the workings of the world. Phrases that said far more than the sum of their words like “that dog won’t hunt”[The item or person in question is not fit for purpose], “a cat in a room full of rocking chairs”[the said person or animal is quite nervous], and “like a mule eating briars” [a forced smile that is less than genuine given the task at hand]. It was through this lens that I began to look further into the Haiku and its predecessors. The connection with nature and the seasons agreed with my rural folk. The sly surprise often found in the meaning and the willingness to sit back and let something sink in found resonance with me and my folk as well. This website and the publications you find herein are my little contribution to the people I respect in a literary form that may be geographically displaced, but kin in any other fashion.


A word on the study of Japanese poetry. As many of you will know and just a little bit of research will show, there are some questions and arguments about forms, requirements and the history of the Haiku and its related forms. I have used what seemed to me to be as close to consensus as I could find on the subjects. With this in mind, I constructed all of these poems in strict accordance with tradition, except when it didn’t suit me none.


This site is dedicated to the people I loved to hear speak, but only spoke when it was needed. Some of them are in need, so 51% of any profits made from this site and works derived from this site will be given to The Christian Appalachian Project that is “focused on promoting dignity and independence among Appalachian residents struggling against poverty.”