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Calling all poets 

Like to write? Here’s your chance to share your creative side. Every third Thursday of the month in Artifacts, local writer and psychologist Steve Brody will be editing “SLO Haiku,” a column of haiku submitted by folks in the community.

Send your haiku to, and maybe yours will be in the next edition.

The first three are recent submissions from local writers. The rest are Steve’s.


A leaf doesn’t wait:

It sings as it turns golden,

Laughs at winter’s wind.

John Woods, SLO


Lovely trees crumble

Whispers in song’s light waking

Leaves whistling. Running.

Jeanne Gatz, Los Osos


Cold winter evening

Stream rushes before dawn

Deep dreams of summer

Mark Eckert, SLO


A tightly wound mind

Is driven to distraction:

Better to unwind.


How do leaves know

After months of
holding on

The time to let go?


Putting out false flames,

My autoimmune disease

Needs faith not fear—Breathe!


How to be happy:

Ease up on how you relate

To how you’re feeling.


Haiku are short poems composed of five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five again in the third. Send yours. ∆

—Steve Brody


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