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» Thailand
» Myanmar (Burma)
» Laos
» Cambodia
» Vietnam
» India
» Nepal
» Egypt
» Jordan
» Uganda
» Tanzania
» Malawi
» Mozambique
» Swaziland
» South Africa

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River Nile Felucca Haiku

Departure View
Morning river haze
felucca sails in distance
- a white bird flies by.

40° C (104° F)
Sitting on the bow,
the sun sends sweat down my back.
It’s time for a dip.

Bodhigaya Redux
Sprawled on deck pillows
I hear distant monks chanting
- was I just sleeping?

Tropical Slideshows
On the riverbank
two groves of banana trees
- again, a white bird!

The Inevitable Nickname
Captain Mohamoud,
tiller in hand, smiles at me.
“Hey, Michael Jackson!”

Night Turns to Day
Temp. drop at sunset
then suddenly: desert storm.
Sandy, scalding breeze.

Nighttime Entertainment
Around a beach fire
Nubia’s past is summoned
With drums, dance, and song.

Drifting on Day #2
Canvas sails hang limp.
First mate Wallit shuts his eyes.
Where has the wind gone?

Inshallah (God Willing)
Omar, where’s the wind?
“Maybe there’s no wind this morning.”
Later? “Inshallah.”

After Image
Mirrored feluccas
On undisturbed River Nile.
Who’s reflecting who?


What do you think?

  • Ever been on the Nile?
  • Got a favorite sailing memory?
Tell me about it below - in haiku (you know what haiku is, right?).

Posted on June 09, 2003 12:05 PM


Comments (post your own below)

haiku is so lame.
like phony beatnik dufus.
look, a white birdie!

Posted by: snoogins on June 9, 2003 09:56 AM

Update by haiku?
Will Mike stick to travel
stories? Inshallah!

Posted by: SchmankBomb on June 9, 2003 02:09 PM

Well, personally,
I loved the haikus, Mike.
What inspiration!

Posted by: Erin on June 9, 2003 02:55 PM

Boredom. At my desk.
I sit envious. Living

Posted by: DeskJockey on June 9, 2003 04:51 PM

My lil sis, Shelly
is closer to you than me
maybe you'll see her

Posted by: adrienne tarpley on June 9, 2003 05:03 PM

forget history effendi,
to dahab now,
must you go!

Posted by: jan on June 9, 2003 07:12 PM

leaving in six months
half-year far away, so guess
web site must suffice

Posted by: shayne on June 9, 2003 09:06 PM

Egypt, beautiful
Mike's poetry, not so much
Better stick to prose

Posted by: Todd on June 10, 2003 06:10 AM

Don't fret too much, Mike
The other Haikus found here
Are much worse than yours

Posted by: Ryan on June 10, 2003 11:50 AM

Few words, many truths.
String of haiku build up story
As fish comprise school.

Posted by: Sarah on June 10, 2003 02:43 PM

Haiku, I sure do!
From whence spotted 'neath my shoe
Or, twas doggy doo?

Posted by: craigers on June 10, 2003 04:58 PM

There once was a pugh
who only spoke via haiku
The pride of M. U.?

Posted by: craigers-the redux on June 10, 2003 05:06 PM

Haiku's inventor
must have had seven fingers
on his middle hand

Posted by: Scotty on June 10, 2003 06:48 PM

To Egypt I have
not been, but your pictures bring
it closer to me.


Posted by: cyberangel on June 16, 2003 06:30 PM

Mike P is so cool!
He travels to foreign lands
while I sit here bored.

Posted by: another Mike on June 18, 2003 08:43 PM

Egypt too far for me.
Will haiku bring it closer?
Nah, I'll just stick to reading the travelogue and looking at all the pretty pictures. :)

Posted by: El Trunky on June 21, 2003 09:51 AM

Writing from Racine to say hi, the folks at home are watching your exploits. Jessie Miller and Matt say hi. Mike - promise me, when you publish this as a book, I can write the forward! Thanks for the sights and sounds.....

Posted by: on June 24, 2003 04:51 PM

me i'm no poet!
gee this so complicated!
fine. Sloppy attempt:

hey mike nice pictures
nice pictures hey mike i say
hey mike nice pictures

now are you happy?
*shakes head* i am an insult
to haiku. too bad.

Posted by: rollabladz on October 3, 2003 08:21 PM

michael pugh Eff you!
you always were hot when i was not
& now i am hotter than you!
(okay so i suck @ haiku!!)

Posted by: horlicker on November 19, 2003 01:26 AM

good to see you well
so happy to experience
a glimpse of your trip!

see you in chicago when your back from good ol' racine

Posted by: horlicker remix on November 19, 2003 01:30 AM

Let's swap a haiku book!

Dear Kuyu (haiku-friend),

From now on you can receive my first haiku book KOKORO (value 20 $) in exchange (swap) for a haiku book written by you or one of your poetical friends.

More and more, I like to study haiku (haiga, senryu, etc.), alas my little piggy bank is rather thin as a rake, so I contact the writing fraternity, worldwide... Please send me the haiku book(s) of your mother, neighbour, midwife, cycle repairman, brothel keepster, Reverend, obstetrician,etc.
Your haiku books & magazines (even second-hand) are welcome.
In return I send you my illustrated book with 500 haiku (English & Dutch).

Send your book(s) to:

Leo Baekelandlaan 14
8500 Kortrijk -Flanders - Belgium

Mention on the envelope:
Your address & the message: A gift, not for re-sale only for promotion.
Thank you.

Posted by: Geert Verbeke on May 5, 2004 08:58 AM

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