Ida Freilinger

Bellevue, Washington

Always an avid reader while growing up in Springdale, Pennsylvania, I worked as a secretary for Gulf Oil Corp. after graduating from high school. I started writing poetry while working for a writing degree at Metro State College in Denver. After moving to Seattle, I heard about Haiku Northwest and decided to join. I enjoy reading haiku at our meetings and the critique-type discussions that follow. I have a husband and two grown children. Haiku have always intrigued me because of their depth of feeling and brevity. My favorite poets are Robert Frost and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


black-cap chickadee
lands on trim winter brushwood
to trap a spider


red, yellow tulips
how they turn my attention
to that corner plot


the crab apple tree
its white blossoms
tipped with snow


shoveling compost—
smoke rises from
the inner heap


plastic blossom—
the wee hummer feeder
is half empty