Sally Clark poetry : haiku in February


in February
the pear tree’s
hesitant buds



Author’s Notes: In the Texas Hill Country, our winters are normally mild. February is a month of hesitancy. It’s not yet spring, but winter is winding down. Pear trees reach out with tenuous buds into cold air stitched with a thread of warm – like a child reaching one toe into a swimming pool.

This haiku was published in 2013 in Dos Gatos Press’ anthology, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga.


Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
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