hetch hetchy haiku 2016

Many thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winners, Gabriel Sheridan, Devin Rogers, Neal Whitman and Jennifer Fosgate.

Our judges, Malcolm Margolin, Barbara Mossberg and Pamela Michael, selected these five winning haikus:

 

What is the worth of

Some granite cliffs and oak trees?

Let's drain it and see

                                          Devin Rogers

 

Tell-tale bathtub ring

A sign of poor housekeeping

Let us use “scrub" brush

                                             Neal Whitman

 

Under deep water

The Tuolumne still flows

Crying for the sun

                                                   Jennifer Fosgate

 

The water is deep

Where are my trees and wild wind

I am Hetch Hetchy

                                                     Gabriel Sheridan

 

The Harlequins bloom

Along the Hetch Hetchy road

They see the sadness

                                                      Jennifer Fosgate

 

 And here are the rest. Let us know if any of them tickle your fancy.

 

What was Hetch Hetchy?

A glacier, a valley, home.

Animals miss it.

 

 

 

 

Basho and Buson

two crows perched on a pine branch

nod in approval

 

Neal Whitman

 

Valley deep, bleeding

Another chance at being

Hetch Hetchy healing

 

 Rosette Dawson

 

 

tell-tale bathtub ring

a sign of poor housekeeping

let us use “scrub" brush

 

Neal Whitman

 

Our oaken grasslands

Sighed freely in Hetch Hetchy

A valley now silenced

 

 

 

 

scarred skin

can be skillfully restored

placid surgery

 

Neal Whitman

 

Heaven and Earth meet

The river of life must flow

Nature's gift is shown

 

 

 

 

sage

yes, a crayon in my box

I sign up to help

 

Neal Whitman

 

Beauty beyond compare

Long live the Hetch Hetchy land

Never touched by mortal hand

 

 

 

 

to stand waist-deep

in wild grass and flowers

possible dream

 

Neal Whitman

 

Was John Muir correct?

Is Hetch Hetchy beautiful?

Will we ever know?

 

 

 

 

who invented

the rectangular grid?

not raccoons

 

Neal Whitman

 

Was Ansel correct?

Is Hetch Hetchy beautiful?

Will we ever know?

 

 

 

 

Time is running out

slams the door and hits the road

slaps off the dust

 

Neal Whitman

 

In timeless meadow,

Tuolumne best reveals

Muir's reflection.

 

 

 

 

roots, trunks, limbs

we are bedded in the ground

time to rise

 

Neal Whitman

 

the karma dam cries

Yosemite's silent twin

one hundred ten dead

 

.

 

 

some people

prefer a garden path

others wilderness

 

Neal Whitman

 

Everything is created

from water, the color of

her eyes, pollen hemp...

 

 

 

 

blue dicks

never to fade, shrink, or wrinkle

cascading water

 

Neal Whitman

 

LA’s water source

Inundated for cold cash

Restore Hetch Hetchy

 

 

 

 

can you see it?

dogwoods at dusk

still glowing

 

Neal Whitman

 

Our spirits soar

Restored valley awakens

Nature heals home

 

 

 

 

friends

dangling their feet

river run

 

Neal Whitman

 

Hydraulic hubris hides

Hetch Hetchy's heavenly heart

Honor healing hope

 

 

 

 

experts are said

to “cover the ground”

let’s uncover it

 

Neal Whitman

 

Unveil its beauty

Onto us the valley floor

Hear John Muir's Lament

 

 

 

 

snap judgment

the power of knowledge

an apple falls

 

Neal Whitman

 

Water down mountain

Wants to flow unimpeded

With Spreck’s help, it will.

 

David Roe

 

 

From depths of despair

A gem once lost reappears

Hetch Hetchy reborn

 

 

 

Muir would want water

To have run unimpeded,

Not stopped by man’s dam.

 

David Roe

 

 

Mistakes from our past

Kindly grace me with beauty.

I behold. I learn.

 

 

 

Greedy city drinks

By interrupting Nature;

But doesn’t need to.

 

David Roe

 

 

Water, precious life

Keeps us alive, keep us clean

No need for B.O.

 

 

 

Between the raindrops the spirits call,

Tueeulala, Kolana, Wapama the falls.

The Deer, the Coyotes and the mighty Black Bar,

Await the end of John Muirs nightmare.

In 1913 Raker came, and took our valley

without any shame.

The Tuolumne is buried in a watery grave,

not a single tree was saved.

the time has come to be reborn,

with the dawning of a new summers morn.

Between the raindrops the spirits call,

Tueeulala, Kolana, Wapama the falls.

The Deer, the Coyotes and the mighty Black Bar,

Await the end of John Muirs nightmare

 

 

The valley revealed

Sun rises and water falls

Scented meadows grow

 

Patty Johnson

 

what is the worth of

some granite cliffs and oak trees?

let's drain it and see

 

Devin Rogers

 

 

Hetch Hetchy Valley

Our Still Engulfed Cathedral

Awaiting Rebirth

 

 

 

no holier temple

this valley of forgotten

awe, not forgotten

 

Devin Rogers

 

 

Granite walled haven

Drowning under dammed waters

Awaits revival

 

Dave Takaki

 

Hetch Hetchy Valley

Was, 100 years ago,

Nature’s gift to all

 

 

Speak to me dear valley

Under fathoms of water

‘Yes, time heals all wounds’.

 

Enough is enough

Take time to think through it all

What a disaster!

 

 

Yosemite whole

Dam Hetch Hetchy Congress did

Yosemite not

 

Not so John Muir found

Dam and reservoir were built

Peaceful landscape gone

 

 

A destroyed temple

Valley of earthly delights

Raise up Hetch Hetchy

 

Undo the damage

Bring back the beauty, the peace

Restore Hetch Hetchy

 

 

Meadow pool reflects

Granite soaring, sunsplashed grass

John Muir smiles

 

Add 100 years

The magnificent valley

Still underwater

 

 

Glacial polish shines

Old shoreline mark is fading

Lupine scent and pine

 

NATURE'S VALLEY FLOOR

JOHN MUIR YOUR DREAM IS COMPLETE

TUEEULALA FALLS FREE

 

 

Hetch Hetchy is gone

So let's try to bring it back

Let's work and work hard

 

Beauty underneath

Water’s unnatural weight

Waiting for release

 

 

To take down the dam

again we'll have animals

and maybe plants too

 

Dawn awaits for you

Sleep Hetch Hetchy 'neth water

Gates will open soon

 

Gabriel Sheridan

 

 

To take down the dam

again we'll have animals

and maybe plants too

 

 

 

Awake Hetch Hetchy

Resplendant dawn is coming

Breathe trees falls river

 

Gabriel Sheridan

 

 

You stole my beauty

I was once so lush and green

Restore my valley

 

 

 

Burst forth you gray walls

Your deliverance at last

Hetch Hetchy lives

 

Gabriel Sheridan

 

 

Bring us back our home

for those who still remember

we are connected

 

 

 

The water is deep

Where are my trees and wild wind

I am Hetch Hetchy

  Gabriel Sheridan

 

 

you have been well blessed

with an opportunity

not a piece of work

 

 

I would like to walk in the valley

As it was created

With flower and fox

Time pre hydrated

 

Gale

 

 

preserving river

ripples of laughter today

safe for tomorrow

 

 

 

 

Tueeulala

Wapama Rancheria

Never one drop lost

 

 

Joy natures lovesong

Children wildlife everyone

Life, nature's savior

 

Here, water kills Life.

A Valley below awaits

Its rebirth of green.

 

Jan Le Pouvoir

 

 

Save me from my death

it won't do you any good

I am begging, help!

 

 

 

Hetch Hetchy calls out

For its birthright of freedom.

Rise. Awaken Her.

 

Jan Le Pouvoir

 

 

The world needs me back

I hope you listen to me

I am begging please

 

 

 

Anna’s Hummingbird

Pocket Gopher, Clarkia

Black Oak, White Fir live.

 

Jan Le Pouvoir

 

 

Keep John Muir in mind

He never wanted this dam

Make his dreams come true

 

 

 

John’s Valley, his Heart,

A Tuolumne flowing:

Strength for their return.

 

Jan Le Pouvoir

 

 

Once was a valley

But taken from it is beauty

Give back what you took

 

 

 

A kid never knew

About the water she drank.

Now adult, she’s wise.

 

Jan Le Pouvoir

 

 

Go find different land

Go find some different water

Protect Hetch Hetchy

 

 

 

bad date

trying notto stare too long

at my beer bottle

 

 

Please help the valley

Help us preserve the valley

Help us right now

 

Sorrowful Tears A Valley Flooded

Where Once Joyful Tears As A River Flowed

Joyful Tears Will Flow Again

 

 

Used to be pretty

Please help us take out the dam

Appreciate it

 

Our Bay Area Friends Need the Tuolumne River
We All Need Hetch Hetchy Valley
Let Us Store the Tuolumne Beyond Hetch Hetchy

 

 

Restore Hetch Hetchy

You have stolen our beauty

Restore our beauty

 

With Sorrowful Tears Hetch Hetchy Was Flooded
Where Once Joyful Tears As A River Flowed
Joyful Tears Will Flow In Hetch Hetchy Again

 

 

Hetch hetchy valley

Used to be so beautiful

But now is ruined

 

Crossing the divide

Stomach tight at sight I see

O'Shaughnessy

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

They destroyed the the scene

Ruining it forever

And for everyone

 

Melting stream of snow

Wapama falls to its death

From rock face above

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

 

Old valley wisdom

survives our inundation,

waiting for release.

 

The Harlequins bloom

Along the Hetch Hetchy road

They see the sadness

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Hetch Hetchy, lost friend
Who repeals your liquid tomb
unveil great spirit

 

My footsteps take me

Across concrete out of place

Sad Kolana weeps

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Sun striking dry cliffs
Hetch Hetchy will warm again
Grass, flora, birds return

 

Above sweet mist falls

Happy Tueeulala

Below submerged rock

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Drain the water now
Hetch Hetchy gets full breath soon
Make alive again

 

First time I see it

Yosemite's drown valley

The ache is still there

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Hetch Hetchy - renew

So justice flows like rivers

Let the meadows bloom

 

Roger L. Stoughton

 

Busy with people

Yosemite summer day

Hetch Hetchy so quiet

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Tuolumne water

belongs to San Francisco,

Hetch Hetchy to all.

 

 

 

Under deep water

The Tuolumne still flows

Crying for the sun

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Keep drinking water,

store outside the national park,

restore Hetch Hetchy.

 

 

 

How could this happen?

Granite valley water clear

The Hetch Hetchy lost

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Imagine yourself in

Hetch Hetchy, standing waist deep

in grass and flowers.

 

 John Muir via Roger Williams

 

Yosemite's twin

This valley makes my heart sing

But a dam brings tears

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Erase the dam mistake

A glacier-carved valley

awaits its rebirth

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

Tuolumne's water

Dark over the drowned valley

Clear below the dam

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Wanderers again feel

the glacier-carved valley

Paiutes named for wind in the grass

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

The river laughing

Below O'Shaughnessy

Free at last to flow

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

The window narrows

on a shrinking world

One wild place returns

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

The pens of Congress

Their ink is dark flood waters

Hetch Hetchy can't breathe

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

An epochal fortune —

to visit

a paradise regained

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

Our Yosemite

What if there was another?

Look under water

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

The Tuolumne

finds its path again

through wildflowers

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

Wapama's waters

Wash me as I cross the bridge

They cleanse the sadness

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Birds and bears and

squirrels reseed the meadows

Lichens repaint the ring

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

Drive to Hetch Hetchy

A traffic jam will never be

This paradise lost

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Wapama thunders thanks —

free to tumble again

to the valley floor

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

Let us right this wrong

See the river flowing free

Hetch Hetchy Valley

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

What fun to watch grasses

trees and deer

tiptoe into a virgin valley

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

Tueeulala

The reservoir drinks your tears

Stop this sadness now

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Not one drop of water lost

Hey San Francisco

what’s not to like?

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

A postcard request

Kolana and Wapama?

There are none to buy

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Leave the breached dam

as a monument

to arrogance

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

Great joy yet sorrow

This was Hetch Hetchy Valley

A damaged beauty

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

We can’t wait

another century

to say we’re sorry

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

Lake you cannot swim

Valley floor you cannot walk

Hetch Hetchy problems

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

No mistake

is too set in concrete

to rethink

 

 Rosemary Wilvert

 

We the people stand

On a dam made of concrete

While Hetch Hetchy drowns

 

Jennifer Fosgate

 

 

Valley deep, bleeding

Another chance at being

Hetch Hetchy healing

 

 

 

Hetch Hetchy Valley,

Hidden from our children's eyes

Be reborn today!

 

Jenise Cook

 

 

RHH presents

a literary challenge.

Eight entries attached.

 

 

 

The Tuolumne

Yosemite calls to us:

Please let me go free!

 

Jim Bearden

 

 

Hetch Hetchy Valley:

“A precious mountain temple”

said the wise John Muir.

 

 

 

John Muir said it best:

As well dam for water tanks

The people's churches!

 

Jim Bearden

 

 

Majestic valley

spoiled by ignorance and greed.

Restoration overdue.

 

 

 

little Poopenaut

and, above, great Hetch Hetchy

link again your hands

 

 

The reservoir is

but a drowned river valley.

Time for CPR.

 

Fixed: rough made smooth:

boulders dam, we see,

we do too; but years pass:

smooth made rough

 

 

If you mean the source

of San Francisco’s water,

don’t say “Hetch Hetchy.”

 

 

Muir's tears on temple

rocks fell, abluted, submerged.

Unless, a rain drop

 

 

Hetchy’s not the source

of SF’s drinking water;

it’s the snow, stupid.

 

rough made smooth:

boulders dam, we see, we do too;

but ages pass: smooth made rough

 

 

Knock-knock.  Who’s there?  Dwain.

Dwain who?  Dwain the big bathtub;

Hetch Hetchy’s dwowning.

 

unfilled by glacier

by man filled, a songless stream

a waiting meadow

 

 

Mike O’Shaughnessy

Helped flood a priceless treasure.

Maybe he meant well.

 

Empty Hetch Hetchy

Breaching the dam to restore

Yosemite's Twin.

 

 

Latent habitat

trapped in an aqueous tomb;

Resurrection time.

 

The time is right now

In this Centennial year

of national parks.

 

 

 

 

Living far away

The valley of Hetch Hetchy

Has reached my heart.

 

Sabine van Eyck

 

Rise up now, John Muir,

A ghost in the Congress halls

Speak for Hetch Hetchy.

 

 

 

Beneath the waters,

Sleeping souls of nature seek

The true light of day

 

 

A paradise known as Hetch Hetchy

Was drowned with excuses most sketchy.

We can undo the scam

And get rid of the dam

(Though some Friscans might get a bit tetchy).

 

 

The valley so grand
Now, under water. We must
Restore Hetch Hetchy

 

 

 

 

An orange cat shines

On a sunlit window sill

Sees the birds have fled

 

 

How much will it cost ?

How much will they pay for it ?

Last fish in the sea.

 

Miwok, Paiute, gone

Mono, Yokuts, left waters

covering this land

 

 

Let's drain Hetch Hetchy !

Dam and flood Yosemite !

You see what I mean ?

 

let me walk beauty

purposefully and random

as river course, flow

 

 

Don't need Hetch Hetchy !

All the water that they drink

Comes from Tahiti !

where hetchetci grass

moved like ruffled fur, these seeds

wait for life again

 

 

Believe it or not,

they planned to dam up the Bay !

Jesus Fucking Christ !

 

Tuolumne will

flow once more - these mountain pink

currants will burst free

 

 

If banksters found oil

beneath Hetch Hetchy's water's

THEY'D tear down the dam !

 

when sunflowers rise

in meadows where black oaks stand

there, Paiutes will dance

 

 

Long glacial faces

Crack and yawn into the deep

Speak of sediment

 

deep beneath soft silts

muds, these plants, these roots of trees

there new flow begins

 

 

Carved of ice and stone

Tool of another purpose

Not for us alone

 

Flowing waterfalls

stopped too soon; trees erased by

axes and hubris

 

Kathy Schrenk

 

 

Valley echoes with

Water dripping the distance

Stone cliffs of my tub

 

 

 

Dreaming of future
floats on the Tuolumne,
hikes in the valley

Kathy Schrenk

 

 

Crystalline water

Stilled as granite cavities

Call me to the sea

 

Hetch Hetchy is gone

Valley of cliffs and grasses

Buried ‘neath water

 

 

Whose bathtub is this

This shrine to water consumed

What of the sacred?

 

Firs shade the drained dam.

Grass beckons elk and people.

Hetch Hetchy reblooms!

 

 

Golden falls cradle

The peaking Sierra sun

Ansel click echoes

 

Three hundred feet down,

an old playground. Dry it for

all to romp again.

 

 

 

Hetch Hetchy Tomorrow

Yellow frog in pond

Redwood breaks gray rock

White petals in spring

 

Towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls: Glorious

1913, history changes, sadness, world ever changing

Our World needs restoration: Beautify!

 

 

Washington, D.C. /

115th Congress. /

#RestoreHetchHetchy.

 

The Past will haunt us

If we can't see the Present

That is Hetch Hetchy

 

 

#DrainOShaughnessy /

#WildAndFreeTuolumne /

#RestoreHetchHetchy

 

Forget the future,

We have to dam the valleys

And the children, too

 

 

30K per year.

SF pays pfffft for water.

What a sweetheart deal.

 

Drown sacred temples...

A testament, raw in form

Times are a changin

 

 

The Raker Act states:

"Larger Public Interest."

#DrainOShaughnessy.

 

Hetch Hetchy Valley -

the blue of the sky immersed

in the lakes

 

Marek Kozubek

 

 

A century past.

TuCo's birthright was taken.

Time to take it back.

 

 

 

Hetch Hetchy mountains -

the moonlight climbs the

steep slopes

 

Marek Kozubek

 

 

The orchards are parched.

Foothill Tunnel runs nearby.

Pray for rain, Suckers!

 

 

 

the original

Yosemite Valley's twin

will see the sun shine again

 

 

That "dammed" Raker Act!

No H2O for TuCo!

SF gets first dibs!

 

woe to Hetch Hetchy

under a watery grave

waiting to be saved

 

 

On TuCo ballot.

Twenty Eighteen Election.

#DrainOShaughnessy.

 

The valley is drowned.

This is so ridiculous!

What are they thinking?

 

 

A National Park.

Swiped by slick robber barons.

No water for us.

 

silent and patient

like a saintly prisoner

the valley awaits

 

 

TuCo BoS.

Hetch Hetchy's in District 4.

That's John Gray's district.

 

the waters cover

a memory awaiting

to be real again

 

 

Revocable Grant.

Larger Public Interest.

Those words are the key.

 

the valley has faith

she hopes for resurrection

she will see justice

 

 

Hetch Hetchy Valley.

Pure water is the new gold.

Hostage to SF.

 

We still hold out hope

That others will understand

Justice for the land

 

 

 

Restore the valley.

Repeal the Raker Act now.

Congress! Get it done!

 

 

Restore Hetch Hetchy

Beautiful glacial valley

Half Dome’s other Half

 

Mark Williamson

 

 

It's Wild and Scenic.

The Tuolumne River.

Time to drain that dam.

 

 

 

Mystery below

Yearning to see it revealed

Make it appear now

 

 

Unconscionable!

Drowning by San Francisco!

Nature's Majesty!

 

Moving water flows

Damn dam is gone; life returns

Grand mistake un-done

 

Mary Ann Ruiz

 

 

Imagine raising

The ghost of an old river

From underwater.

 

 

 

Claimed as a birthright,

Our birthright is Hetch Hetchy-

The land seen restored.

 

 

Hetch  Hetchy  Dusk.

Beautiful eyes open WIDE.

Miwok Phantoms DANCE

 

Blank water reflecting

Granite cathedrals skyward

Broken hearts beneath

 

Melanie Webber

 

 

 

Hetch Hetchy haiku

Realized restoration

Your Yosemite

 

Caterina Marie Rosekrans