May 30, 2020


The Gathering


The get together began with my grandparents as their children started families of their own. Everyone would gather at the home of one of the five brothers and sisters to share a meal and celebrate Christmas.

        slice of lemon
        and sweet tea over ice . . .
        southern accent

Families grew from generation to generation. Some moved away and others passed away. Word finally came that the family would no longer gather for Christmas. It is sad that this annual rite has ended, and that time and circumstance has separated us.

        familiar face
        yet the name slips
        away . . .


Dan Hardison


Frogpond, vol. 43:2 spring/summer 2020


May 11, 2020


Sense of Time and Space Challenge






Haiku and image by Dan Hardison


Haigaonline - Sense of Time and Space Challenge
Vol, 21-1, Spring 2020

April 6, 2020

January 13, 2020


Life Cycles Challenge










Haiku and image by Dan Hardison


Haigaonline - Life Cycles Challenge
Vol, 20-2, Autumn 2019

December 13, 2019


Christmas Cat


Opening the door to a neighbor, a gray and white cat by his side stared up at me. The cat had appeared at his house just after Christmas and he was hoping to find her owner. When I arrived home the next day, the same gray and white cat greeted me. Afterwards, whenever we opened the door, she would be waiting. As nights got colder, I made her a makeshift bed on the porch. When the temperature threatened to drop to freezing, we let her stay in our sunroom. Her name is now CC – short for Christmas Cat.

        breakfast table . . .
        when I get up
        CC takes my chair


Dan Hardison


Haibun Today, Volume 11, Number 4, December 2017