those restless gallops
in the wind
shouts of children playing tag
under the stars near the moon


the loss
of you from my pillow
a sleepy hollow
where thoughts drum along
with the beggar down the alley


her eyes
limpid in the white lights
of a Ferris Wheel
stopped at the starlit crest
kissing the moonlight


Don Baird is an internationally known martial artist with a passionate love for haiku, tanka, haiga, haibun, and renga. He is moderator for the Simply Haiku Yahoo online workshop, and an author of a book of poetry. He has placed 3rd twice in a row at the Kusamakura International Haiku Contest. He is well published and has recently released his latest book, Haiku Wisdom (Met Press - Modern English Tanka).