Dean Summers

Renton, Washington

Dean Summers has been writing haiku since 1969. His work has appeared in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, Cicada, and Brussels Sprout. He is the editor and publisher of three works of haiku by Robert Gibson. With Ruth Yarrow, he served as a judge for the 2004 Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards. Dean is a Christian minister whose writings on Christian spirituality are featured on his website: And he is a project manager with the Center for Learning Connections, Highline Community College, where he minds the store for the Center for Dependable Strengths (

a glass of iced tea

the lawn mower silent

by the dandelions

empty playground

down the slide

a maple leaf

before dawn

the Quaker Oats man

a little too cheerful

bare branches

a score of drab little birds

in the cherry tree

compost pile