David belonged to the Southern California Haiku Study Group and was a regular at our monthly meetings. He published a haiku newsletter called Haiku Headlines which he started in 1988. David had a habit of numbering all the haiku he wrote and his last haiku was numbered 14,495. At the end he lost the use of his hands but kept his journal and pen nearby, enlisting nurses, family, and visitors to write haiku in his journal for him. David's daughter has given me permission to post one of his poems. This is the one used at his funeral.
Lights atop the deodar
And one flies away.
Some may wonder why I used end caps and put a period at the end of this haiku. In truth, David and I didn't always see eye-to-eye. He favored capital letters and punctuation and resisted the current sensibilities in modern English language haiku, insisting there was a beauty and symmetry in a 5-7-5 form. Since this is HIS haiku, I'm punctuating it as he wrote it.