heavy wind–
magnolia blossoms
holding on

pond algae–
a great blue heron
poised at the edge

outdoor café–
sharing the sticky table
with an ant

hot afternoon–
the sharp click of heels
on an empty street

empty beach–
crossing the hot sand
a gull’s shadow

Adelaide B. Shaw lives in Millbrook, NY with her husband. She has three children and six grandchildren. She writes haiku and other Japanese short form poetry and has been published in many journals. Her collection of haiku, An Unknown Road, placed 3rd in the Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Award for 2009. A sampling of her work may be found on her blog: www.adelaide-whitepetals.blogspot.com