Anna Yin’s 24 haiku inspired by Neville G. Poy & Vivienne Poy’s Precious Moments

To celebrate National Poetry Month & Asian Heritage Month, Anna Yin wrote 24 haiku that were inspired by Neville G. Poy & Vivienne Poys beautiful photography book: Precious Moments. Please check the video to find more about Poys’ wonderful book! Some of them will be used at Anna Yin’s school and community haiku workshop programs. Thanks Dr. Vivienne’s permission!

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spring again…
magnolia trees
turn sky pink

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cool morning air
along Muskoka trail
spider’s web shines

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tapping from woodpeckers
sudden splash from the beaver
as hikers turn

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loons’ calling
scattered diamonds on the lake
the sun rises

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in Vivienne’s still pose
a red fox passing her—
a still rock

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on the top of
the green glass lake
canoe gliding by

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pause for new bud
squirrel in its praying pose
shutter clicks

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unfurling
the red rose’s hues:
Neville’s exact lens

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love-hate
fawn visiting
Poys pray flowers be spared

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behind a green wall
children’s laughter
rises from gooseneck loosestrifes

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horizontal rainbow…
whose brush splashes
this colorful scarf?

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summer sunset
diving through swimming rings
mallard ducklings

(13-24)

heat waves
hovering over red crocosmia
hummingbirds whizz

*
pink water lily
mirroring herself…
full moon night

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claiming their crab apples
mother bear and her cubs
up and down Poys’ trees

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in fall winds
butterflies flit
among mums’ blooms

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autumn lake view
by Poys’ cottage
free oil paintings from masters

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floating in the wind
milkweed seeds…
someone’s love story?

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ritual for life…
arranging dried peonies and hydrangeas
in hollowed logs

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through bare branches
a pink moon rises
beyond the dusky ravine

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fluffy snow
Vivienne, a child again…
the gentle touch of snowflakes

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tracks in snow
mixed footprints
from un-invited visitors

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Christmas party
outside the Poys’ cozy home
glittering ice crystal

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up high the sunroom
blooming geraniums
and the family’s winter spirit

Anna Yin : 2022/04/30

Anna’s other two poems for Dr. Vivienne Poy:

Reading Vivienne Poy’s Passage to Promise Land (2013) and The Family Tree (2015)

Brief guide to haiku:

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2022

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Celebrate by carrying a poem & sharing it with others throughout the day!

This year’s Poem In Your Pocket Collection features poetry by: Ashley Elizabeth Best, Jaclyn Piudik, Keith Inman, Maureen Hynes, Bänoo Zan, Angela Cen, Callista Markotich, Harry Posner, Mark Kim, Annick MacAskill, Amy LeBlanc, Frances Boyle, Anna Yin and Marlene Grand Maitre.
These poems are also available as audio recordings and a printable booklet. To print and share from your home, check out the 2022 Poem In Your Pocket Day Booklet from LCP.