Haiku received

Haiku received

HAIKU RECEIVED AS OF JULY 16, 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who has sent us their haiku poetry! We will keep adding to this page as we receive new poems; poems are arranged alphabetically by FIRST NAME.  In August we will select about 100 to stencil along the Bikeway in Arlington, Lexington and Bedford using a temporary chalk based paint which should last 2-3 months and then disappear.  We hope to have all the poems in place by mid-September, in time for the big celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Minuteman Bikeway with live music and other activities on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

A

Bikepath in summer
Birds chirp and mullberries bloom
Flowers grow brightly
    – Aadya, 12 years old, Hogwarts (!)

On my bike again
Off to enjoy the lovely
Green tunnel.  I go!
    – Abbi Hafer, Bedford



Turtles large and small
Sunning themselves and swimming.
I pause and watch them.
    – Abbi Hafer, Bedford


Birds sing, chipmunks run,
I walk, we walk, we all walk,
Through the Minuteman!
    – Aditi Subramanian, age 8, Stratton Elementary School, Arlington



Nature's gift to us,
Is what we take for granted,
Let us treasure it !
    – Aditi Subramanian, age 8, Stratton Elementary School, Arlington



It is where we walk,
Talk and ride our bicycles,
Its the Minuteman!!
    – Aditi Subramanian, age 8, Stratton Elementary School, Arlington



Black-Capped Chickadee,
Chirping, lovely, in treetops,
Oh, you make me smile.
    – Alexa Boyes



Bike chains click away
squeaky wheels, too, won’t stop us:
pedal fast toward peace.
    – Alexandra Kesick, Arlington



Birds stuffed in gold nests
eyes wide like worlds we’ve not seen
mouths unhinged to eat.
    – Alexandra Kesick, Arlington



Asphalt beneath us
what we create and let go
a train for a path.
    – Alexandra Kesick, Arlington

The wind in my hair
The trees surrounding us
Spy Pond is sparkling
    – Alyssa



What once scratched and rattled this path ago
Sound pedal complete with smiles that still last
Journeys that honor the present and past.
    – Amos Don, Boston

Summer’s coming yes!
Juice from watermelon yum
This summer is great!
    – Andrew, 9 years old, Hardy Elementary School


A certain terror
laces a baby's crying
who needs to be changed.
– Andrew Bergeron, Arlington



The bikes are coming
forward backward right and left
Close your eyes and pray
    – Andrew Bergeron, Arlington


A still and calm pond,
A wonder of the Bike Path,
The unnoticed tree.
    – Andy Xu

I like the bike path
There are no cars going fast
I shall not die yet
   – Anya, age 14, Ottoson middle school


Afternoon outing
Pedals, wheels, spinning until —
we reach the playground
    — Ashley Dickson, Arlington



Bikes, scooters, strollers,
rollerblades, and skateboards. Or —
just my own two feet.
    — Ashley Dickson, Arlington



Sounds of ringing bells
tell me cyclists want to pass —
proper etiquette
    — Ashley Dickson, Arlington



A river that flows
As bicyclists cut upstream
Lifeblood to our towns
    – Ashley Freeman, Medford

Anonymous

Sunset on Spy Pond
Castles and turrets of clouds
World of light-water
    – anonymous



B

small child in tutu
pedaling furiously
tiny spurt of joy
    – Beth Kress


 
moccasins once tread
this old path I walk today
filled with life and goals
    – Beth Kress

 
parents instruct kids
in different languages
how to ride a bike
    – Beth Kress

 
we hurtle through space
and splintered streaks of time
moving towards the light
    – Beth Kress


 
swept along by gusts
at one with moving cosmos
we pedal towards light
    – Beth Kress


 
body symphony
multiple moving pieces
all in harmony
    – Beth Kress



my lovely commute
through leafy birdsong tunnel
I arrive refreshed
– Beth Kun, Arlington



Such a quiet place
To walk with your grand children
Watching nature bloom
    – Betty L, Arlington



C



Clean air and quiet.
Past lush trees, fervent flowers
Biking, I feel peace.
    – Carolyn Boettner, Arlington

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Ride your bike quickly
And smell the roses slowly
Have a nice journey

快踩腳踏車

慢賞玫瑰花

旅程多愉快

    – Catherine Wang


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Sunset heron flies
Stirs sparkling stars bounce on the
Mirror-like Spy Pond

日落白鶴飛

星星落滿湖

蕩漾破明鏡


    – Catherine Wang

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“Spying the Pond”
A city mirage?
Vast sparkling oasis awaits
No Swimming Allowed
    – Christopher Ellinger, Arlington



Walking the bikepath
Restoring us to wellness
Soothing hearts and minds
    – Claire Odom


Riding at top speed
While reading haiku - Oh my!
I'd better watch out!
    – Clifton Lin, Arlington



People walk and run
Everybody plays fun games
Come and play with me
    – Connor, age 7, Hardy Elementary, Arlington



D

A chipmunk darts out
I miss him by a sliver
Rodent redemption
    – Dan Leonard, Arlington


"Bicycle Ballet"
Round paths, pedals push
Inertia: curve of motion
Wind-on-knuckles-free
    – Dana Layne Edmunds



Marching, galloping,
patriots on pavement to
soaring cycle sounds
    – Dana Layne Edmunds



Slice through thick woodland
paths that wind and dip and dive
while spinning wheels glide
    – Dana Layne Edmunds



Sharp-eyed at path’s edge
The old woman plucks the trash
Blooming in the mud
    – Danielle Descoteaux



Walking my bad dog
he lunges at passing bikes
I wish he didn't
    – Deb Rourke, Lexington



Small wobbly bikers
meandering left and right
they learn - we smile
    – Deborah Savage



Air molecules are
swirling twirling in my wake
helpless to stop me
    – Deborah Savage


The great bike path has,
lots of fun and love and sun.
I don't want to leave.
    – Duncan Maloney, age 12 , William Diamond Middle School, Lexington



E

Glorious Dragon
Setting Sun's Clouds Vanish in
Twilight's Sliver Moon
    – Elizabeth Rocco, Arlington



Golden shaft of sun
lights a lush tunnel for bikes
as green leaves blur by
    – Ellen Vliet Cohen, Arlington


Mornings on the path
old friends share joys and sorrows
step by step through life
    – Ellen Vliet Cohen, Arlington


You, your dog and I
watch swans on green pond guard young
with fierce love, like yours.
    – Ellen Vliet Cohen, Arlington


G

The swans have cygnets
Such a cozy family
Riding on mom’s back
    – Gail E Goodearl, Arlington



I love the bike path
Riders, walkers, strollers too
People on the move.
    – Gail E Goodearl, Arlington


Mulberry bushes
Drop ripe berries at my feet
Squish squish as I walk.
    – Gail E Goodearl, Arlington


Minutemen fought here
Lives lost, people united,
A new world is born
    – Gerry Frank, Lexington



Have fun with your life
Ride your bikes, scooters, and all
Ride on the bike path
    – Grace Fisher-Smith, Age 12, Diamond Middle School, Lexington



Fast bike zooming by
Left a breeze to cool my walk
Minuteman Bikeway
    – Gwen Chasan, Arlington


I don't want to walk
I said before I started
So breeze carried me
    – Gwen Chasan, Arlington



Bright green leaves above
Shimmy in time to music
Of spinning bike wheels
– Gwen Chasan, Arlington




H


In any season,
Enjoy your ride, walk, or run.
Just because you can.
-Hannah Kieval, age 12 , William Diamond Middle School, Lexington

Walking with my mom
Talking and laughing with her
Enjoying nature
    – Hannah, 10 years old, Stratton



J

Focus on the ride
The sun's shining on your face
Then you miss your turn
– Jacob Woolf, age 16, homeschool

On the minuteman
I sold some lemonade there
On the minuteman
    – Jaden, age 9, Dallin

Lots of people bike
They are all going somewhere
They bike all day long.
    – Jonah and Noah, 9 years old, Hardy school


Watch the world go by
Seeing smiling faces
Feeling the wind blow
– Jonathan, Arlington

I live near the path
Love hearing the birds chirping
In the morning at 9 am
– Jonathan, Arlington

Peaceful and quiet place
See gorgeous views of Spy Pond
During all of the Seasons
– Jonathan, Arlington

Reading in motion ...
Is it distracted biking?
Or a good idea?
– Julie Sussman, Arlington


“Heart's Core”
Purple splash of spring
gives us true love lingering;
listen - hear life sing.
– Justine E. Hyland, Waltham, MA



“The Wave”
Gorgeous green nature,
you flash by, my sharp eyes see
joy and quickly glean.
– Justine E. Hyland, Waltham, MA



K

Let your worries go
Upon the winds that cool you
Find your peace ahead
Kelly, Arlington


sun sets on Spy Pond.
pink, orange, red, deep purple
paint the dark water
– Kathy Conway, Arlington


some days I just need
to be outside - no reason
so I walk the path
– Kathy Conway, Arlington


is that the playground?
I hear giggles, laughter, fun
sobs and crying, too
– Kathy Conway, Arlington


I feel a soft breeze
smell lilacs, as light opens path
know Spy Pond is nigh
– Kathy Conway, Arlington



walked path to/from
Alewife Station, Pleasant Street
ah, the Boys Club loo!
– Kathy Conway, Arlington


L

A smile reminds me
We're all in this together
There is still hope yet
– Laura, Arlington  



Do you remember
Standing up for what was right
It's always worth it
– Laura, Arlington



Wind is in my face
and I feel like I can fly
time goes flying too
– Leah Savage Woolf, Age 13, Arlington, Carroll School (Lincoln)



Solitary walk
Crickets hum their songs for me
Calling night is near
– Lorri Berenberg, Arlington


Biking round and round
searching the ground for poems,
I spot my haiku!
– Lynn Rosenbaum, Arlington



Babies everywhere
Goslings, cygnets, and infants
Welcome to the world
– Lynn Rosenbaum, Arlington



A green canopy
springs to life creating shade
with dappled sunlight
– Lynn Rosenbaum, Arlington



M

My house by bike path
I used to sell lemonade
It was so much fun!
    – Madelyn, age 8, Hardy Elementary

Coast, sprint or saunter
Every day it’s your choice
Minuteman bike path
    – Marco


Do you know the sound?
A swan's wing cutting the air
over our great pond
– Margo Stark, Arlington



Surrounded by trees
Biking, walking, or jogging
On a sunny day
– Mari Woolf, age 13, Ottoson School


I walk through the path
See the four legged creature
Its tail is wagging
    – Mia, age 10, Peirce Elementary


Once I drove a bus
Dreaming of life on a leafy path
Two wheels in open air
– Midge Hamilton, for Ralph (30 years with the MBTA), Marlborough



bikeway. steady path
a journey to the future
at least to Bedford
– Molly Froelich, Somerville


a stroll on the path
pure poetry in motion
words come as I walk
   – Molly Froelich, Somerville


slither, glide, sashay
black asphalt, green canopy
this Bikeway moves you
   – Molly Froelich, Somerville



N

10 miles of wonder
Used to run and sprint and bike
For 25 years
– Nate Voss, Age 12, Diamond Middle School, Lexington, MA



Running, biking 'round
A wonderful break I've found
From reality
– Nate Voss, Age 12, Diamond Middle School, Lexington, MA



P

My wheels under me,
Pond whizzing by gleaming light -
Again and again.
– Pamela Powell



Bunnies and chippies
Get outta the way and fast
When bikers come by
– Paul Beninger, Arlington



Why the Minuteman?
Bike, Skate, Run, Walk, Stroll or Ski.
Fun for all seasons.
– Pavlik Mintz, Lexington



Sixteen thirty-five
A village is settled here
Called Menotomy.
– Peter McLoughlin, Arlington


 
Samuel Wilson
Born a few feet from this path,
The first “Uncle Sam”.
– Peter McLoughlin, Arlington

 

For twenty-five years
We ride and walk, think and talk
This present moment.
– Peter McLoughlin, Arlington



Just go A to B!
But see people, dogs; sun, snow…
The bike path shows more
    – Puneet


R

Concrete jungle split
Joy for the community
Jewel in the town’s crown
    – Rajeev Soneja



Walk, bike, run, or fly
The question remains the same:
Where might you be going?
– Robby Williamson



On the path today
Everyone appears to be
Interconnected
– Robby Williamson



Are you still seeking?
This is the asphalt speaking:
Keep up the good work!
– Robby Williamson



Green trees spring, sun gold
red fox, blue jay, black squirrel
I fly by, singing
– Rose Udics, Arlington



Snow hushes the path
bare trees stand as sentinels
the mind turns to calm
– Rose Udics, Arlington


Cycles of life turn
birth to death to birth again
I am riding home
– Rose Udics, Arlington



I am a small dog
I like to run and love when
I run off the path
– Ruby Savage-Woolf (Cockapoo, age 3)



S

I run, shaded by
A canopy of green leaves.
Listen to my steps.
    – Sara

Ride along and sing
a song of bunnies and squirrels.
Birds will harmonize.
– Sharon



The trains are long gone
But wait - the track’s still alive
New dreams travel here
– Steve Magoun, Arlington



Walk, bike, run, stand, sit
Ribbon of trees, birds, pond, friends
What more could we want?
– Steve Magoun, Arlington


Our path brings us close
To home, to work, to our joys
Even in winter
– Steve Magoun, Arlington


We start from our home
The ice cream is our carrot
We pedal non-stop.
– Strauss-Peukert Family. Arlington


On our bikes we go
Nature helps us be here now
Our selves, part of it.
– Strauss-Peukert Family, Arlington


No fuel, just air
We care for our planet
As we choose to bike
– Strauss-Peukert Family, Arlington

My bike has a light
Now I can fly through the night
Not a care in sight
    – Suzanne

T

They don't understand
how great it is to be one
with my bicycle
– Tim Woolf

W

So many people
Going so many places
Each in their own way
    – William Bailey



X

Bike whizzing down the bikepath
is soon outdistanced
by the pushed baby carriage.
 – X. J. Kennedy, Lexington

 
Makeup mirror on lake floor
that somebody must
have dropped turns its back on fish.
 – X. J. Kennedy, Lexington
 

Y

Peaceful and active
Secluded but connecting
Our long treasured path
    – Yi

Z

The dogs are cheerful
They bark and they lick my face
Then I wash my face
    – Zach, age 7, Peirce elementary