By Peter Y. Chou

These haikus were written as exercises in mindfulness—
an attempt to catch the fleeting moment in my daily walks,
while reading, listening to music, and pondering about life.
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Thursday, February 1, 2007, 3:30 pm
Pinsky's "An Invitation to Poetry" DVD,
Olivia Milward, 74, tells her experience

Her daughter had died—
a butterfly flew to her
arm to say "good-bye".
Thursday, February 1, 2007, 3:40 pm
Pinsky's "An Invitation to Poetry" DVD,
Olivia Milward reads Goethe's "Holy Longing"

You're the butterfly
and you're gone— to die & grow
flying for the light.
Friday, February 2, 2007, 10:08 am
Awakened from bed by KDFC 102.1 FM
Johann Pachelbel "Canon in D"

Such beautiful tune
to dance to— I spread my arms,
my spirit in flight.
Friday, February 2, 2007, 11:00 am
Reading "Mercury News" 2-2-07, 1B
Norman Carroll: "Don't Call Me Homeless"

The little boy says
"You don't have a house, do you?"
Yes!— I'm not homeless!
Friday, February 2, 2007, 3:00 pm
Pinsky's "An Invitation to Poetry" DVD,
Yina Liang, 16, reads Emily Dickinson
Poem #288 "I'm Nobody! Who are you?

God is Emptiness
so you could be everything—
Go paint the whole sky!
Friday, February 2, 2007, 9 pm
Waverley Writers, Friends House, Palo Alto
Persis M. Karim reads poem "Pomegranates"
from "Let Me Tell You Where I've Been"

The way to eat it
is to knead it— drink the blood-
red juice from a hole.
Saturday, February 3, 2007, 6:40 pm
Shopping Express— Stanford students
gossiping about golfer Michelle Wie,
running into her in the Stanford dorms

She just got twenty
million in endorsement fees—
quite a humble gal!
Sunday, February 4, 2007, 11:15 am
Home Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM
Beethoven's Violin Sonata #9 in A
Opus 47 (Kreutzer Sonata)

Hummingbird flaps its
wings 80 times per second
drinking the sunlight.
Monday, February 5, 2007, Noon
Reading "Mercury News" (2-5-2007 2B)
Queen Mary II is 1132 feet in length

I'd invite James Joyce
on the Queen Mary— let him
read Finnegans Wake!
Monday, February 5, 2007, 1 pm
89th anniversary of "In the Waiting Room"
Elizabeth Bishop, "Geography III" (1976)

In the Waiting Room—
the fifth of February,
1918— Read!
Monday, February 5, 2007, 9 pm
Stanford's Arrillaga Alumini Center
Andrei Linde: "Origin & Fate of the Universe"

He shows a slide of
The Kandinsky Universe
claims his is better.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 9 pm
Foothill College Middlefield Lab,
Staff Lounge Chat, Palo Alto

Four friends tell stories
being an American—
It's good living here.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 10 pm
Conjuring up James Cagney singing
and dancing "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

I see James Cagney—
"I'm the Yankee Doodle Boy
born 4th of July!"
Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 10:30 pm
Cubberley Parking Lot, Palo Alto
Jack tells about Frederick Spencer Chapman

Ace Adventurers—
Lawrence of Arabia
and Freddie Chapman!
Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 11:26 am
KDFC 102.1 FM— Isabelle Faust plays
Haydn, "Violin Concerto #3 in A
on a violin lost for 100 years.

Found in the attic—
"Sleeping Beauty" violin
now playing Haydn.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 3:30 pm
Eavan Boland's Poetry Workshop
Quotes Yeats' "Easter 1916"
History Corner, Stanford University

"changed utterly: a
terrible beauty is born"
What does Yeats mean here?
Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 3:30 pm
My reflections on "terrible beauty"
of Yeats' "Easter 1916"

Easter Rebellion—
Just like Christ's resurrection,
rebirth for Ireland.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 3:30 pm
Eavan Boland's Poetry Workshop
Boland reflects on Yvor Winters

Ah! Yvor Winters—
Magic Philosopher's Stone
minting good poets!
Thursday, February 8, 2007, 2:25 pm
Walking on Ortega Avenue to
El Camino Real, Mountain View

Bare sycamore trees
to my left and to my right—
white plum petals bloom!
Thursday, February 7, 2007, 3:00 pm
Walking by Avalon Towers on the Peninsula,
2400 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View

O Majestic Oak—
King of Avalon Towers!
Ruler of this space!
Friday, February 9, 2007, 6:15 pm
Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto
Simone Simon in "Cat People" (1942)

She's a cat woman—
a kiss could turn her to a
panther that will kill!
Friday, February 9, 2007, 7:15 pm
Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto
Tourneur & Lewton: "Cat People"

Dark light and shadows,
a chiaroscuro film—
great horror thriller!
Saturday, February 10, 2007, 11:55 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Franz von Suppé "Poet & Peasant Overture"

It's a carnival—
Bright balloons, cotton candy,
Saturday, February 10, 2007, 12:50 pm
Walking by the Bookstore Fountain
at Stanford University

Crow on the rooftop,
another on the treetop—
cawing together!
Saturday, February 10, 2007, 3:00 pm
Reading K.A.J. Batterby, "Rilke and France"
"Rilke arrived in Paris on 28 August 1902"

An auspicious date—
The 153rd
birthday of Goethe!
Saturday, February 10, 2007, 11:50 pm
Ballroom Dancing at Cubberley Pavilion
Valentine/Chinese New Year Party

Dancing the rumba
to Boyzone's No Matter What
before the last waltz.
Sunday, February 11, 2007, 12:25 pm
Riding Shopping Express Bus
on El Camino Real to Stanford

A giant mushroom cloud—
Dark gray stem, white foam on top
covering the sky!
Sunday, February 11, 2007, 2:00 pm
"Thank you" Email from Dick Freeman
on finding Merton's "Prayer for Peace"

He "wrote the Palo
Alto Library" and they
send him my web page.
Sunday, February 11, 2007, 7:30 pm
Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto
Josef von Sternberg, "Shanghai Express" (1932)

Train snakes through China
photographed by Lee Garmes—
fire-breathing dragon!
Sunday, February 11, 2007, 10:30 pm
Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto
Maurice Chevalier in "Love Me Tonight" (1932)

Whoever you are—
I love you. He's a tailor!
Isn't it romantic!
Monday, February 12, 2007, 12:04 pm
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Beethoven, "Rage Over a Lost Penny", Op. 129

Beethoven's upset—
Rage Over a Lost Penny
Extreme Emotions!
Monday, February 12, 2007, 2:30 pm
Foothill Middlefield Lab, Palo Alto
Writing "First Poem in Paris"

They meet at the zoo—
"Come and have a cup of tea."
What a Zen remark!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 3:00 pm
Gentle Dental, Palo Alto
Osseous surgery by Dr. Rana Baroudi

Rana is Nara
working on my tooth—
I'm blessèd indeed!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
Osseous surgery by Dr. Rana Baroudi
Eyes closed, mouth numb, I see & feel:

I'm surrounded by
pale green light, listening to
song Time After Time.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 11:52 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—

It's Valentine's Day—
Romantic ballet music:
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake
Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 1:55 pm
Cal-Train Depot, Palo Alto

A long feather quilt pen cloud
extends across the blue sky—
What poem will you write?
Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 3:30 pm
Robert Pinsky's Stanford Poetry Workshop
Pinsky's short talk on Sonnet History

Volumes of despair!
Cruel lady makes man suffer—
Male peacock display!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 4:00 pm
Robert Pinsky's Stanford Poetry Workshop
Pinsky's answer on poet's responsibility

Don't freeze it. Change it.
Keep it alive. Pass it on.
Turn it inside out!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 9:30 pm
Pigott Hall, Room 113, Stanford University
Egyptian Film: "Malek wa Ketaba" (2005)

Young film actress smiles
at old drama professor
and changes his life.
Thursday, February 15, 2007, 10:35 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Franz Schubert, "Serenade"

Dining with the one
you love— you'll want this music
played at your table.
Thursday, February 15, 2007, 1:15 pm
Sir Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchesta,
conducts Beethoven's Symphony #5, Op. 67

O Wake up! Wake up!
There's beauty all around you—
Thou art That you are!
Thursday, February 15, 2007, 3:15 pm
Foothill College Middlefield Campus
Parking lot near Theatre, Palo Alto

Crow on dark branches
against white clouds in a pale
blue sky— Caw! Caw! Caw!
Friday, February 16, 2007, 11:34 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Haydn's Symphony #94 "Surprise" (shortened)

Light lilting music—
I'm waiting for the surprise
but it never came.
Friday, February 16, 2007, 4:00 pm
Braun Music Center, Stanford University
Prof. Hinton's " Kurt Weill & Lotte Lenya"

He's in love with her
voice; writes music for her to
sing— They marry twice.
Friday, February 16, 2007, 4:15 pm
Braun Music Center, Stanford University
Caruso recording on Edison machine

Caruso's singing
Pagliacci opera
on the grammaphone!
Friday, February 16, 2007, 4:30 pm
Braun Music Center, Stanford University
Talk with Jerry McBride, Music Archivist

They've gone up for tea.
I touch Kurt Weill's autograph
and feel uplifted.
Friday, February 16, 2007, 9:00 pm
Stanford Theatre, "The Leopard Man"

It's the same panther
from the Cat People zoo film—
now out on a leash!
Saturday, February 17, 2007, 6:40 pm
Stanford Shopping Express Shuttle

Two women embrace—
they hug in surprise— she shows
her engagement ring.
Sunday, February 18, 2007, 4:00 pm
Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto
Greta Garbo tells Robert Taylor in "Camille"

"The earth is sweeter
than any perfume. Ah, look—
a four-leaf clover!"
Sunday, February 18, 2007, 6:00 pm
Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto
Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald, "Maytime"

Singing with my love—
Let us remember this day—
O sweet heart! sweet heart!
Monday, February 19, 2007, 6:20 pm
Seeing the New Moon & Evening Star
as I enter Stanford's Green Library

Day after New Year—
Crescent Moon & Venus shine
straight into my heart!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 1:30 pm
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Bizet's Orchestral Suite #3 "Roma"

She phones to tell me
"Are you listening to this—
music to kiss by!"
Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 7:00 pm
Email from college friend Richard Hanauer
when he learned I got in Pinsky's Poetry Class

"You're very lucky!
Maybe this is what heaven
is like."— Yes! Yes! Yes!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 10:30 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Chopin, "Concert Rondo, Opus #14

Fountain music sings
bubbling waters flowing—
wakes me up from bed.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 4:00 pm
Eavan Boland's Poetry Workshop discussing
Judith Wright's "Australia 1970"

"She turned her 'I' to
a 'we'— I don't think poems
should be marching songs."
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 8:30 pm
Pigott Hall, Room 113, Stanford University
Réne Clair, "Italian Straw Hat" (1926)

Groom's horse ate a chunk
of a lady's straw hat and
he can't replace it."
Thursday, February 22, 2007, 4:00 pm
Watching Real Audio Interview of
Max Perutz: How does hemoglobin work?

10,000 atoms
to transport four oxygen
molecules for life!
Friday, February 23, 2007, 10:50 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Nicolo Paganini "Perpetual Motion"

White waters tumble
down the river without stop—
fast forward motion!"
Saturday, February 24, 2007, 11:00 am
Walking to Showers Drive, Mountain View

A pin in the sky
tells me how many angels
are dancing on it.
Saturday, February 24, 2007, 5:00 pm
Stanford: Reading Rumi's "Unmarked Boxes"

He's one with the gold,
the light, the sun. His poems
bath us with Light.
Sunday, February 25, 2007, 4:55 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Jean Sibelius, "Valse Triste", Op. 44

Woman on deathbed
hears haunting waltz melody
and recalls her youth.
Sunday, February 25, 2007, 1:40 pm
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Johann Pachelbel "Canon in D"

The field is filled with
snow— a child sticks her tongue out
to catch the white flakes.
Sunday, February 25, 2007, 5:40 pm
Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto
Marlene Dietrich in "Devil Is a Woman" (1935)

She's a femme fatale!
Unless you're a Parzival,
her charms will kill you.
Sunday, February 25, 2007, 6:30 pm
Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto
Jeanette MacDonald in "Monte Carlo" (1930)

She's riding a train
beyond the blue horizon
to Monte Carlo.
Monday, February 26, 2007, 11:32 am
Listening to KDFC 102.1 FM Radio—
Handel, "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba"

Queen of Sheba's gift—
666 talents of gold
to King Solomon.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 7:30 pm
Foothill College Middlefield Campus
Paul Shirville Hybrid Tea Rose

A beautiful rose—
30 petals for my niece
Elisa's birthday.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 11:40 am
Walking on Ortega Avenue to
El Camino Real, Mountain View

White plum trees now green.
When walking closer, I see
the green leaves in bloom.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 11:50 am
Sitting on bench to write a haiku while
waiting for Bus #522, Mountain View

How stupid to sit
on the bench after the rain—
Now my pants are wet!
Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 3;30 pm
Pinsky's Stanford Poetry Workshop
Ned asks Pinsky to summarize the role
of the poet in one sentence.

Art world on mass scale—
Poetry is an art on
an intimate scale.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 9:07 pm
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center
Pinsky reads 11 poems, the last on passage
from Dante, "Paradiso", XXXIII.46-48, 52-66

The way the sun melts
snow, so the oracle of
the Sibyl was lost.

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