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.
(Underlined words are not for emphasis but to web links.)
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Monday, January 1, 2007, 12:00 am
Home in Mountain View

The clock strikes midnight—
not dancing New Year Day but
reading Rumi's poems.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 2:30 pm
Totem Pole Grove, Serra Mall, Stanford

New Year at Stanford—
Say my prayers to Boo-Qwilla:
Bless all with wisdom.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 9:20 pm
Palo Alto CalTrain Depot

Wolf Moon high above—
the first Full Moon of the year.
Catch my bus in time.
Thursday, January 4, 2007, 2:15 pm
Showers & El Camino, Mountain View

My feet are freezing.
Dark gray clouds cover the sky.
The storm is coming.
[See Rilke]
Thursday, January 4, 2007, 10 pm
Latham Street, Mountain View
Walking home to my apartment

Full moon shines tonight.
Something sparkles on sidewalk—
It's a mint penny.
Friday, January 5, 2007, 8:45 pm
Waverley Writers Poetry Reading,
957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto

Len reads poem "Mirror"—
mirror neurons in the brain
dancing Flamenco.
Friday, January 5, 2007, 9:15 pm
Waverley Writers Poetry Reading

Ron reads poem on "Death"—
It is life's greatest mystery.
That's why it's the last.
Saturday, January 6, 2007, 10 am
Home in Mountain View

A surprise phone call—
She's going to a wedding.
Won't come to the dance.
Saturday, January 6, 2007, 3 pm
Stanford University Green Library

Epiphany Day!
Where are the Wise Men today?
Find them within you.
Saturday, January 6, 2007, 11:50 pm
Cubberley Pavilion, Palo Alto

A new dance partner—
She's from my hometown Sichuan.
We dance the last waltz.
Sunday, January 7, 2007, 4 am
Home reading John Canaday's
book "What Is a Painting?"

Cot and Kokoschka—
Compare The Storm, The Tempest,
Kitsch art and good art.
Monday, January 8, 2007, 1 pm
Shopping at Milk Pail,
2585 California St., Mountain View

Green pepper, onions,
Alfafa and Brussel's sprouts,
and fresh blackberries.
Monday, January 8, 2007, 8 pm
Foothill College, Palo Alto

Got my assignment—
Lab Consulting on Thursday
to help students' work.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 3 pm
Stanford University, Palo Alto

Cloudless azure sky—
Green Library closes midnight.
More time for my work.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 1:52 am
Bus #22 did not show up for an hour
at Palo Alto Caltrain Depot

No stars in the sky—
Just half moon tilting like a
ship in the Black Sea.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 3:15-6:05 pm
Stanford University, History Corner
Robert Pinsky's "The Occasions of Poetry"

What joy to be in
Pinsky's Poetry Workshop—
a blessing indeed!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 4:00 pm
Robert Pinsky tells the poetry class
to read Yeats' "Sailing to Byzantium"

There's no singing school—
To be good in art, study
monumental things!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 4:30 pm
Robert Pinsky on tenor saxophonist
Dexter Gordon in finding inspiration

Find something you love—
Recall that joyous feeling
and share it with all.
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 1:00 pm
After losing a glove this morning

A friend buys me a
6-pack of large garden gloves—
"You won't lose them all!"
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 2:00 pm
After losing a glove this morning

Another gives me
a pair of hand-sewn mittens—
"These will keep you warm!"
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 10:00 pm
Foothill Middlefield Lab, Palo Alto
An email story from a friend—

Fifty egrets fly
onto an African tree—
like candles they glow!
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 10:00 pm
Foothill Middlefield Lab, Palo Alto
Jack comes to give me a ride home—

My good friend is here!
We talk baseball for an hour.
I learn much from him.
Friday, January 12, 2007, 9:35 am
Home listening to KDFC Radio 102.1 FM
Henry Purcell, "Abdelazar: Suite"

Wake up to music—
Purcell's In the Garden Green:
English Country Dance!
Friday, January 12, 2007, 4:00 pm
Stanford University Green Library
Insight from Haiku of January 10—

Half-moon in Black Sea
beckons me to come aboard—
"Sail to Byzantium."
Saturday, January 13, 2007, 6 pm
Stanford University Green Library
Reading Goethe's Italian Journey

This marble statue
Apollo Belvedere sweeps
Goethe off his feet!
Saturday, January 13, 2007, 6 pm
Stanford University Green Library
Reading Goethe's Italian Journey

Goethe's amazing!
I'm always learning from him
about art and life.
Sunday, January 14, 2007, 10 pm
Stanford University Green Library
Reading Pinsky's "An Explanation of America"

Brutus dies happy—
Yet Dante toss him in hell
deep in Satan's ice!
Sunday, January 14, 2007, 11 pm
Stanford University Green Library
Reading Pinsky's "An Explanation of America"

Horace joins Brutus
in fighting Mark Antony—
yet lives happily.
Monday, January 15, 2007, 10 pm
Home listening to KDFC Radio 102.1 FM
Franz Schubert, "Violin Sonata #1 in D"

"The Little Mushroom"—
Composer Schubert climbs from
20th to 4th place!     [Listener's Poll]
Monday, January 15, 2007, 4 pm
El Camino & Ortega, Mountain View
Waiting for Bus #22

Six sparrows chirping—
wings flapping, pecking away
at seeds on a tree.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 12 noon
Home listening to KDFC Radio 102.1 FM

Today's trivia quiz—
Country with the most redheads?
Scotland, then Ireland.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 5 pm
Showers & Latham, Mountain View

There's a giant hand in
the sky made of fluffy clouds
colored by sunset.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 10:15 am
Home listening to KDFC Radio 102.1 FM
Mozart, Piano Concerto #21 in C, K467

Mozart's melody—
idyllic, serene, sublime,
makes my mind at peace.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 11 pm
Stanford University Green Library
Boris Christov's Bulgarian poetry

Pinsky's translations
in Window on the Black Sea
"Body" and "Spirit".
Thursday, January 18, 2007, 9 pm
Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab

I'm writing a poem
on "The Maguari Stork"—
how I learned from him!
Friday, January 19, 2007, 10:30 am
Home listening to KDFC Radio 102.1 FM

Tchaikovsky wakes me up
Violin Concerto in D
yanks me out of bed.
Friday, January 19, 2007, 11:05 am
Home listening to KDFC Radio 102.1 FM
Bach's "Keyboard Concerto in g minor"

Beethoven is right—
Bach's name means a tiny brook,
but he's an ocean!
Friday, January 19, 2007, 12:30 pm
Foothill College Los Altos Campus
walking from Library to Computer Lab

Land of cotton clouds
cover half of the blue sky—
soft enough to sleep.
Friday, January 19, 2007, 3 pm
Barchas Room, Stanford Green Library
John Mustain, "Big Books Folios"

I'm touching history—
Leaf from Gutenberg Bible
Ah— 42 lines!
Friday, January 19, 2007, 3:33 pm
Barchas Room, Stanford Green Library
John Mustain, "Big Books Folios"

The Hand of God in
The Nuremberg Chronicle
by Albrecht Dürer?
Friday, January 19, 2007, 4:00 pm
Barchas Room, Stanford Green Library
I touch J. F. Handel's autograph

Handel's Messiah:
first edition of the score—
a leaf in his hand!
Friday, January 19, 2007, 4:30 pm
Barchas Room, Stanford Green Library
Engraving of two doves on Golden Bough

I find two doves in
John Dryden's translation of
Virgil's Aeneid.
Friday, January 19, 2007, 10:25 pm
Palm Drive, Palo Alto
Walking to Caltrain Station

Hitchhiking, Palm Drive—
Fourteen cars pass by but none
stop to give me ride.
Saturday, January 20, 2007, 10:05 pm
KDFC 2006 Top Classical Piece #9
Beethoven, Symphony #5 in C minor, Op. 67

Most famous four notes:
Beethoven's 5th Symphony—
Dun Dun Dun DUNNHH!.
Saturday, January 20, 2007, 11:15 am
KDFC 2006 Top Classical Piece #8
Beethoven, Symphony #3 in E-flat, Op. 55

Did Beethoven know
his Opus 55 sang
Soul of the Universe?
Saturday, January 20, 2007, 12:15 pm
Riding Stanford Shopping Express and
seeing a student's grocery shopping

Three bags from Safeway
another from Trader Joe's—
his both hands are full.
Saturday, January 20, 2007, 7:07 pm
KDFC 2006 Top Classical Piece #1
Beethoven, Symphony #9 in D-minor, Op. 125

I come home in time
to hear Beethoven's 9th and
his song Ode to Joy!
Sunday, January 21, 2007, 6:40 pm
Stanford Green Library— reading
Selma Lagerlöf's Nobel Speech

"There is poetry
in hard rocks and black forests"
and in Selma's heart!
Sunday, January 21, 2007, 9:00 pm
Stanford Green Library— reading
Selma Lagerlöf's trip to Ströstad

Selma sees the Bird
of Paradise— and she's healed.
She can walk again!
Sunday, January 21, 2007, 11:00 pm
Stanford Green Library— reading
Keats' letter to James Rice (3-26-1818)

I see my stork in
Keats' Philosophical Back
Garden— both at peace.
Monday, January 22, 2007, 11:30 am
Home reading "Mercury News" (1/22/07, 5c)

"Body art canvas"?
asks Asimov's Super Quiz—
Largest is the "back".
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 11:15 am
Home thinking of the Maguari Stork

Touching his back with
his head, he was teaching me—
"Go back to your home!"
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 3:00 pm
Shopping at Safeway in Mountain View
Sign: "Due to frost, 10 lbs limit on oranges"

Navel oranges:
3 lbs for 99¢—
Everyone's buying!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 5:00 pm
Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Panda Seeing surprise Yahoo! Video

Mother panda chews
on candy. Baby sneezes.
Both tremble in shock!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 7 pm
Reading "Talks with Ramana Maharshi"
Youth complained he came far to be enlighened

The sage tells the youth—
"Go back to where you came!"
He's not rude but right.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 7:15 pm
Wordsworth's "Ode. Intimations of Immortality
from Recollections of Early Childhood"

"But trailing clouds of
glory do we come from
God, who is our home."
Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 3:33 am
Home: Finding "stork" in the Bible

Zechariah 5:9—
"wind was in their wings— wings like
the wings of a stork."
Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 3:45 am
Home: Finding "stork" in the Bible

Jeremiah 8:7—
"the stork in the heaven knows
her appointed times."
Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 4:00 am
"Stork" in Psalms 105:16-17 (King James)

Cedars "where the birds
make their nests: as for the stork,
fir trees are her house."
Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 4:15 am
"Stork" in Psalms 104:16-17 (Jerusalem Bible)

"Birds nest in cedars
and, on the highest branches,
the stork has its home."
Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 4:44 am
Bayley "Lost Language of Symbolism", p. 10

Symbol of wisdom—
The ouroborus surrounds
pair of storks in flight.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 6 pm
Pinsky's Stanford Poetry Workshop

Pinsky reads Frost poem:
"An Old Man's Winter Night"—
mastery use of rhyme.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 10 pm
Stanford Pigott Hall, Room 113
Silent Film: Feyder's "L'Atlantide" (1920)

Evil queen romps in
lost continent found in the
Sahara desert!
Thursday, January 25, 2007, 4 pm
Stanford Continuing Studies, 482 Galvez
Buying last $95 ticket to Rumi's Event

Bly will be reading
Rumi with Persian dinner—
Ah! Celebration!
Friday, January 26, 2007, 2:20 pm
Stanford Humanities Center Lobby
Prof. Albert R. Ascoli tells me:

He's not enlightened
to judge Dante's cosmic sight.
Recommends Moevs' book.
Friday, January 26, 2007, 3 pm
Stanford Green Library
Email from Peter Robinson:

Remember Rilke—
"one must live a whole life to
write a few good lines."
Saturday, January 27, 2007, Noon
Long's, El Camino & San Antonio, Mtn View
Fuji Developing lost my photos for 52 days

They found my photos—
beautiful clouds in the hills
and Ah!— the crowned crane!
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 12:50 pm
Stanford Kresge Auditorium Lobby
Nevit O. Ergin, translated 22 books "Masnavi"

When's your talk today?
"I'm not a Rumi scholar,
just Rumi lover."
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 1:30 pm
Dr. Camran Nezhat, Stanford Medical Surgeon
Rumi's 800th Birthday Celebration

Rumi inspires him—
14,000 surgeries
and each a success.
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 2:03 pm
Music of Mahmoud Zolfonoun at
Rumi's 800th Birthday Celebration

His face— ecstasy
while chanting Rumi, playing
on his violin.
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 3:15 pm
Bruce Beasley's stainless steel sculpture
"Vanguard" outside of Kresge Auditorium

Ah!— metallic crane
or Maguari stork plunging
its beak to the ground!
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 5:00 pm
Coffee & Tea Break at Rumi Celebration
Chatting with John Malork

He and his wife are
Sufis just back from Konya—
Whirling Dervish dance!
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 6:21 pm
Soleyman Vasegh of Liän Ensemble
Rumi's 800th Birthday Celebration

He sings with passion!
Music rises yet higher—
Rumi's words on fire!
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 6:48 pm
Soleyman Vasegh & Fatemeh Keshavarz
Rumi's 800th Birthday Celebration

Everyone's clapping
to his singing and shaking.
She's quiet and still.
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 8:00 pm
Stanford's Tresidder Oak Lounge
Rumi's Celebration Persian Dinner

The food is all gone!
We wait and wait— finally
Persian lamb is here!
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 9:55 pm
Robert Bly reading his & Rumi's poems
Rumi's 800th Birthday Celebration

These poems zing your heart!
Awake to the inner call—
Your life is at stake!
Sunday, January 28, 2007, 1:00 pm
Mountain View Safeway Checkout Racks
Women fashion magazine covers

Women unfulfilled—
that's why sexy advice sells
like hot cakes!
Sunday, January 28, 2007, 3:00 pm
Stanford University Clock Tower
The sun peeks out behind clouds

Tac Toc! Tac Toc!— Ice
pebbles hit my umbrella—
the clock bells strike three!
Monday, January 29, 2007, 9:00 pm
Foothill Middlefield Lab, Palo Alto
Writing anonymous poem "Small Talk"

She brings me a list
of lipsticks and nail polish—
Sensual Spice, Star Kissed.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 8:00 am
Rumi: "I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life"

You're so beautiful!
Angel Goddess in my dream—
We embrace and kiss!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 1:57 pm
San Antonio Shopping Center, Mountain View
On Bus #35 passing Sears Shopping Mall

Three pairs of palm trees
swaying in the wintry breeze
like ballroom dancers.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 10:30 am
Home listening to KDFC 102.1 FM
Schubert's Symphony #5 in Bb

It's Schubert's birthday—
buried next to Beethoven
both spirits in flight.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 11:11 am
Home listening to KDFC 102.1 FM
Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" (1928)

Camel caravan
trotting through Sahara sands
with no end in sight
Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 6:00 pm
Pinsky's Stanford Poetry Workshop
Guessing who wrote "Small Talk"

Pinsky reads my poem—
when they found out I wrote it,
they all laughed and clapped!

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