Haiku by William Sorlien in USA (2)


First of all, I would like to introduce a haiku friend of mine, William Sorlien, in Minnesota, USA.

Here is a photo of Mississippi ginko walk, downtown St. Paul, September 2009


William Sorlien (Willie) is a construction tradesman residing in Minnesota, USA, which adjoins the cold northern border with Canada, near the center of the continent. His hometown, Saint Paul, is the northernmost port of the Mississippi River.

He began the practice of haiku only three years ago, yet hopes to continue the journey as long as he can hold a pen.

Willie also enjoys writing tanka, and haibun, and has been writing renku with other international writers for over a year now.

He considers each word he writes to be a learning experience and a method of self improvement through haiku friendship with authors throughout the world.

He has three blogs as follows:




He  kindly contributed his haiku and photos about autumn.

Hello, Hidenori-san,

Seasons have passed since we last joined together here in ‘haiku spirit’.

Looking back, it sometimes seems as though time has gone by in a blink of an eye.

 a crow’s shadow,

flickering past –

winter woods

  I sometimes wonder, if without practising haiku, would we pause to notice anything at all? 

Your friend in haiku,


Message From Akita

autumn’s approach
searching through the rooms
of all my days



viewing the milky way
no one can make me laugh
the way she does


as autumn nears
morning glories must wait
for my attention

hanging up her beret
she slips into autumn


a thousand voices
and then…
autumn sparrows


oak leaves
drift on vagrant wind
a dream of falling


dull in a crescent’s light
a canoe rests on the roof
autumn flood




a conversation
later on the day
autumn deepens



crows gather,
waiting for the next moon-
one red cardinal

autumn rain
falls in layers


a brittle leaf
skitters and tumbles
across cold pavement
concentration broken

moving on
to the next small town
autumn leaves


Posted By Blogger to HAIKU BANDIT SOCIETY at 11/11/2010 11:02:00 PM

The next posting ‘Haiku by Students at AIU’ ( Part 5) appears tomorrow on November 27.


Hidenori Hiruta



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