WHYY’s Morning Edition listeners honor National Poetry Month through haiku

WHYY's Morning Edition listeners celebrate their neighborhoods through haiku during National Poetry Month.

Greenfield Elementary School playground. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Greenfield Elementary School playground. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

In celebration of National Poetry Month, WHYY’s Morning Edition listeners have submitted haiku about their neighborhoods. Haiku, of course, is a traditional form of Japanese poetry with three short lines — the first and third with five syllables, and the middle with seven. The lines rarely rhyme.  

Martha MacIntyre of Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania

Beneath snow, Wyndmoor
shimmers. Neighbor’s son shovels
Our drive unbidden.

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Chris Goldstein of Parkway Spring, New Jersey ‏

Crowded aurora
A flower, dense garden drive
in spite of the state.

Sara Hertz of Ambler, Pennsylvania

Ambler What a Town
Friends and neighbors all around
Visit Ambler soon

Annie Chase of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

(This haiku is specifically about the Cynwyd Heritage Trail)

Trail’s end just starting
Something bending into branch
blooming heritage

Helen Mangelsdorf of Roxborough

People walking dogs,
SEPTA buses pass them by.
Harold mows the lawn.

Joe walking Russell
Going past Len’s empty porch,
as Carl plays his saw.

Sarah Black of East Falls

Black Friar, Hawthorne
Buckingham and Lowry’s Lane
Old Oaks, Barley Cone

“1950’s love”
We can almost fill a bus
Be kind, show grace, love

Scooters, bikes, laughter
Capture the flag, Basketball
“Old Oaks” is the BEST!

Jay Robby Lassiter of Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Wawas & strip malls
Wegmans Whole Foods Acme too
Suburbia yaaaaSSSSSS

Lisa Konigsberg of Media, Pennsylvania

Trees lean good neighbors
Across the pike cars blossom
Media is home.

Claudio Kuhn of Rose Valley, Delaware County

Rose Valley, Del Co
Sylvan and quiet, alas
No trick-or-treaters

Jonny Meister of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

How to put Life and
Its many wonders into
Seventeen syllab

Erin Brennan of Three Bridges,  New Jersey

Pizza from Luna’s
Neighbors watching over me
Three Bridges NJ

Kathy Wemer of Mount Holly, New Jersey

Downtown Mount Holly
History, food, music, Beer
Everyone fits in

WC Trust of Chester County

Summer meadow night
Strung with dainty lustrous pearls
and cricket gossip

Colette Speakman of Havertown, Pennsylvania

Hockey goal in street
Eyes dart, challenge – need to pass?
Guilty I drive through

@HaikusByIsaac of Merion Station, Pennsylvania  

The grand mansion’s stead
Black iron spikes now protect
Eight suburb-castles

From midnight to dawn
Three rabbis rotate shuls for
Cheesecake-fueled learning

Zetta Elliott of West Philadelphia

Wind chimes and church bells
baptize us; in the gutter
blossoms blanket grit

What do you love about your neighborhood? Can you write it in 17 syllables? Send your haiku to newsroom@whyy.org.

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