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Haiku for Hikers


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Edits and Design by Ella Q. Peavler Cover Art “Last Light” by Kathryn Waters, pastel on Arches paper, 11 x 18 inches, © 2021 Kathryn Waters Published September 2021


Last Light, pastel on Arches paper, 11 x 18 inches, by Kathryn Waters.

Autumn Hike I gather dead wood Along the trail for tonight’s Promise of warm life. Matthew Graham

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Slow running river doubles blue sky, clouds, leafed trees— a healed heart reflects. Mary Redman

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From a bridge on the Monon Trail near Broad Ripple, Indianapolis. Photo by Mary Redman


Urban garden bed corn, tomatoes, kale appear— something from nothing. Mary Redman

Photo taken from the Monon Trail between 54th and 62nd Street, Indianapolis. Photo by Mary Redman. 3


A flaking red bench overhung with shaggy green waits for a walker. Mary Redman

Photo from the Monon Trail between 54th and 62nd Street, Indianapolis. Photo by Mary Redman.

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A young grizzly seen this June at Kananaskis, Alberta. Photo by Mary Vlooswyk.

rounding an incline heart rate monitor beeps before bear is seen Mary Vlooswyk

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swarming the forest black & white banded beetles leave the alders bored… Stephanie Harper

Photo by Matthew Harper

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Photo by Matthew Harper

at ten-thousand feet summer’s purple columbines emerge in thin air Stephanie Harper

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Leonard Springs Falls in Leonard Springs Nature Park, Bloomington, Indiana. Photo by Tony Brewer.

shallow falls running into a rocky creek song – summer is waning Tony Brewer

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crevice in the earth – what ancient hiker rested here in an old rain Tony Brewer

Shirley Springs Shelter Cave in Leonard Springs Nature Park, Bloomington, Indiana. Photo by Tony Brewer.

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upstream from rapids – a single droplet begins its seaward journey Tony Brewer

Leonard Springs Nature Park, Bloomington, Indiana. Photo by Tony Brewer.

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Forest bathing works, especially in autumn – my life breathes color. Lylanne Musselman

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Photo by Lylanne Musselman

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Wildwood Metropark in Toledo, Ohio. Photo by Lylanne Musselman.

Deer graze. She walks past, listening to her iPod, shuns treats of nature. Lylanne Musselman

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I walk the wetlands – a Black-crowned Night Heron lands, watches my delight.

Lylanne Musselman

A black-crowned night heron at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Photo by Lylanne Musselman

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Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Yuan Changming.

Among the sighs of Nature all leaves fall flat to Report to their roots Yuan Changming

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Hoge Island Park, Burleigh County, North Dakota. Photo by Christie Iverson.

Brilliant Blue Splattered with color A lovely way of being Reflecting on clouds Christie Iverson

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Spring Mill State Park, Indiana. Photo by Linda Neal Reising

Forest king toppled by rebel winds—defeated roots beg for mercy. Linda Neal Reising

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Blythe Landing, Tennessee. Photo by Linda Neal Reising.

Hiwassee waters whisper Cherokee flute songs through weeping cedars. Linda Neal Reising

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October—maples wear gold-laced cloaks, strew pocket change along lone trail. Linda Neal Reising

Harmonie State Park, New Harmony, Indiana. Photo by Linda Neal Reising

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Inchigeelah, Co Cork, Ireland. Photo by Rosaleen Crowley

Upwards, an incline, Across the valley, grass waves. Down again, same day. Rosaleen Crowley

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Outer Banks beach in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Photo by Erin Murphy

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Heel Barefoot on wet sand with plantar fascitis— a scorpion’s sharp sting Erin Murphy


Scan Winter sun slung low, white orb metastasizing behind ribbed tree limbs Erin Murphy

Gilchrest Trail, Chestertown, Maryland. Photo by Erin Murphy

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Trail along the banks of the Chester River, Chestertown, Maryland. Photo by Erin Murphy

Migration River reeds fanned by memory of a breeze, feathers of those who have flown Erin Murphy

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In canyons of corn, Horizon at fifteen feet, Landmarks disappear. Mike Crawford

Below: Mulberry, Indiana. Photo by Mike Crawford.

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bare limbs awaken my dad’s words “always look up” a perfect cloud smile Stacy Savage

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Rangeline Nature Preserve, Anderson, Indiana. Photo by Stacy Savage


Phoenix, Oregon. Photo by Jonah Bornstein

A Bandon Farewell Wind coasts along arms I’m an open caravan Waiting for your song Jonah Bornstein 25


Bandon, Oregon. Photo by Jonah Bornstein

Firelit A light struck on rock builds warmth for dumbstruck creatures Fire burns through the dark Jonah Bornstein

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Wooden torii tea garden in the Heartland Japan meets Hoosier M. A. Dubbs

Kawachinagano Japanese Garden, Indiana. Photo by M. A. Dubbs

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Grand Canyon, Arizona. Photo by M. A. Dubbs

Red rock shelves wrapping around us as we march in search for green refuge M. A. Dubbs

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Darthmouth green lichen and ferns swathe white rapids to a brook of snow melt M. A. Dubbs

Below: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. Photo by M. A. Dubbs

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Big Ben Bird dog now statue, something meanders the path, sniff, dart, puddle bath. Jenny Heithaus 30

Big Walnut Creek, Putnam County, Indiana. Photo by Jenny Heithaus.


Hunger Like the pitcher plant wet with dew, I lie-in-wait in this bog for you

Pitcher plant in Beulah Bog State Natural Area, Wisconsin. Photo by Elisabeth Harrahy

Elisabeth Harrahy

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Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. Photo by Elisabeth Harrahy.

Bryce Canyon hoodoo town beckons its arid badland spires pastel odes to time Elisabeth Harrahy

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The Wave splatters the jagged rocks in blue, suicidal salty kiss for you

Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine. Photo by Elisabeth Harrahy

Elisabeth Harrahy 33


Walk of Life Flowers sunbathing Earth, wind, water hypnotize Wild beauty calling

Phoenix Cole

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Bash Bish Falls State Park, South Egremont, Massachusetts. Photo by Kathryn Sadakierski

The hiking trail ends Where the bowl of sky begins, Bird’s eye view of life.

Kathryn Sadakierski

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Running in the foggy and frosty floodplain south of Cremona, Lombardy, Italy. Photo by Alessio Zanelli

looking for ourselves through the foggy countryside all we found is ghosts Alessio Zanelli

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through the fog and lost searching for a footpath lost Bears and bearings lost

Alessio Zanelli

Below: The fog mantles the ponds in Val Ventina, Lombardy, Italy. Photo by Alessio Zanelli

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Monte Disgrazia mirrors in Lach di Ciàz, Valmalenco, Lombardy, Italy. Photo by Alessio Zanelli

seated on a rock in front the mountain rises days of old pass by Alessio Zanelli

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Tired Hikers unlike tired hikers when reaching a mountain’s crest wind does not look back Frederick Michaels

Photograph Courtesy of Joe Peters, joedaiwarriors@yahoo.com

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Sunlight over trees Crinkle, crunch, crack, feet on path My mind is at peace Kyla McDaniel

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Glacier National Park, Montana. Photo by Joe Heithaus

High Line Trail Hiking through heaven, we bribe kids to keep going, keep small world below Joe Heithaus

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Castle Trail Pause above fissures, blue sky against yellow-red sand cliffs seem to fly

Joe Heithaus

Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Photo by Joe Heithaus

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Sendero Pacifico Edges hiked all day, Down we go toward the coast, Green slips into blue.

Joe Heithaus

Monteverde, Costa Rica. Photo by Joe Heithaus

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Tschagguns, Austria. Photo by Mary Sexson

This river that runs along our path is marching, always toward the sea. Mary Sexson 44


Austrian Alps, near Tschagguns, Austria. Photo by Mary Sexson

You took me to this meadow, made me look up to a new kind of sky. Mary Sexson 45


This hike is up a set of stairs that reach the heart step by step by step

Mary Sexson

Tao House, Bloomington, Indiana. Photo courtesy of Mary Sexson

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Paisano Ranch, near Austin, Texas. Photo by Robert Okaji

lying in its bed after morning’s thunderstorm the flood gauge snoozes Robert Okaji

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October’s mushroom shrugging through leaves and mistrust another soiled moon Robert Okaji

End of the Road, County Road 245, Medina County, Texas. Photo by Robert Okaji

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El Camino de Santiago, the French Way, from France, over the Pyrenees, into Spain. Photo by Janine Harrison

Mist Chance Stone bridge over River Nive to Pyrenees, beyond. Where does the water flow? Janine Harrison

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Stone Monuments Atop Pyrenees – touchable grief for you, friend. This cairn, not lonesome.

Janine Harrison

El Camino de Santiago, the French Way, from France, over the Pyrenees, into Spain. Photo by Janine Harrison

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Compostela, Spain. Photo by Janine Harrison

Journey to the Field of Stars Two-thousand-year-old road. Barefoot, horseback, handstaff. BREAK-down, build-UP trek. Janine Harrison

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on a summer walk I pause to reflect what’s heard when no one’s speaking

Mike Nierste 52


Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska. Photo by Mike Nierste

earthbound walkers face forty mile per hour gusts ice cold slaps turns heads

Mike Nierste

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silent spring walk finds a fox under my decking we both rush to dens Mike Nierste

Zionsville, Indiana. Photo by Mike Nierste

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Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany. Photo by Norbert Krapf

Kirchplatz 1, Neustadt an der Aisch In an old house next to an older church, grandson hears bells ring first grade. 55

Norbert Krapf


Alley Off Mass Avenue I gaze into one moonflower, behold the gold of my all-time love.

Norbert Krapf

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New York Street Perspective Hard to say which rises higher: golden sunflower or gray church steeple. Norbert Krapf 57


on the earth palette a festoon of divine mirth little smiley faces

Yi Jung Chen

Flowers spotted by the trail at Fushoushan Farm, Taiwan. Photo by Yi Jung Chen

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A cottage surrounded by the Holy Ridgeline, Taiwan. Photo by Yi Jung Chen

an unfettered soul between the holy ridgeline the sky is the limit Yi Jung Chen

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Hehuanshan mountain area, Taiwan. Photo by Yi Jung Chen

foamy marshmallow lumps of memory upload an ethereal view Yi Jung Chen

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Century pines sway rocked by wind’s insistent directive to dance

Nancy Kay Peterson

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Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Photo by Nancy Kay Peterson


Winona, Minnesota. Photo by Nancy Kay Peterson

Lofty slim tree limbs Spread lace fans in winter skies – Fine veined aging hands.

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Winona, Minnesota. Photo by Nancy Kay Peterson

Leave dimmed forest light illuminates stony floor of scented moss

Nancy Kay Peterson

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