Saturday, 21 December 2013

end of the year


end of the year
taking my time
to die

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, December 2013



river bend
part of me wants
to return

first published in Frogpond, autumn 2013



end of the year
retracing my steps
in yesterday’s snow

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, December 2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013

forest lake


forest lake
my heartbeat faster
than her breaststroke

first published in A Hundred Gourds, December 2013



autumn fields
loneliness roaming
between us

first published in A Hundred Gourds, December 2013



end of a pier
we talk to
our reflections

first published in The Heron’s Nest, December 2013

Saturday, 23 November 2013

winter sunset


winter sunset
a leafless tree leaves
a deep impression

previously unpublished



train horn in fog
a reddish leaf slips
from an elm tree

previously unpublished



church of God’s mercy
a gypsy girl spitting
at the old beggar

previously unpublished

Saturday, 16 November 2013

autumn rambling


autumn rambling
the wind leaves no trace
in the bare trees

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, November 2013



hollow sound
of a tumbling world
tree felling

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, November 2013



the shivering smell
of an old flame
ash trees in autumn

previously unpublished

Saturday, 9 November 2013

strolling together


strolling together
through the autumn countryside
double loneliness

previously unpublished



roadside boulders
she couldn’t give me
a lift

previously unpublished



gravity
falling asleep I curve
the time-space

previously unpublished

Sunday, 27 October 2013

retirement


retirement
the caterpillar reaches
the stem’s end

first published in Modern Haiku, autumn 2013



early morning
the delicate smell
of light

first published in Acorn, autumn 2013



Pan of autumn fields
the wind whistling
on an empty bottle

previously unpublished

Saturday, 19 October 2013

day of the dead


day of the dead
a black umbrella
dries in the hallway

first published in Chrysanthemum, October 2013



dead of night
the hand under my head
doesn’t feel mine

first published in Chrysanthemum, October 2013



an old copy
of Knut Hamsun’s Hunger
the grease marks

previously unpublished

Saturday, 5 October 2013

when I woke up


when I woke up
the dinosaur was there
no more

previously unpublished



like a sword
you can’t hurt
yourself

previously unpublished



all you need
is love
and money

previously unpublished

Sunday, 22 September 2013

chill of dawn


chill of dawn
the scarlet tea steaming
like fresh blood

previously unpublished



sad, sad void
love ejaculated
from my body

previously unpublished



just a dream
but with a tendency
for constipation

previously unpublished

Sunday, 15 September 2013

wanderlust


wanderlust
a snail blazes a trail
on the moonlit stone

first published in A Hundred Gourds, September 2013



shall we not care
the smell of sawdust
in the spring rain

first published in A Hundred Gourds, September 2013



one night stand
a log in the fireplace
breaks in half

first published in A Hundred Gourds, September 2013

Sunday, 8 September 2013

autumn walk


autumn walk
the wind stirs my hair
and leaves

previously unpublished



moonlit evening
I walk past
my bedtime

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, September 2013



falling snow
her deep
husky whisper

first published in The Heron’s Nest, September 2013

Sunday, 1 September 2013

September evening


September evening
I read some wine
and sip the poems

previously unpublished



bitter-sweet wind
with the first falling leaves
last butterflies

previously unpublished



hot dry wind
the sound of the sea
deep in the woods

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, August 2013

Sunday, 25 August 2013

our love


our love
a flat hollow
in the summer grass

first published in The World Haiku Review, August 2013



first drops
of August rain
the smell of dust

first published in The World Haiku Review, August 2013



little flies
above a summer stream
farewell hike

previously unpublished

Saturday, 3 August 2013

storm is brewing


storm is brewing
a crowd of ants around
the still butterfly

previously unpublished



talking about
the benefits of health walks
we tread on ants

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, August 2013



potluck picnic
a thin ant carrying
a fat worm

previously unpublished

Sunday, 21 July 2013

summer grass


summer grass
my walking stick becomes
a lying stick

previously unpublished



the anthill
flooded with sunshine
boils over

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, July 2013



yellowed booklet
Rimbaud’s eyes staring
into the distance

previously unpublished

Saturday, 6 July 2013

lightning


lightning
a dragonfly dodges
first drops of rain

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, July 2013



stifling night
I turn the pillow
to the cool side

previously unpublished



my aimless life
watching a bug lying
on its back

previously unpublished

Saturday, 22 June 2013

mountain top


mountain top
an air of
unreality

previously unpublished



cut down oak
the smell of my dad’s
chess pieces

previously unpublished



all is flux
but
you are still

previously unpublished

Sunday, 16 June 2013

summer dawn


summer dawn
her eyelids
ajar

first published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2013



daydreaming
before a sleepless night
the onset of fall

first published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2013



autumn forest
the sound of woodwind
in my earphones

first published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2013

Saturday, 8 June 2013

fleeting rain


fleeting rain
the smell of dust
hung in the air

previously unpublished



strolling
between the rains
rusty moon

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, May 2013



parched fields
the first drop of rain
on my lips

previously unpublished

Saturday, 25 May 2013

summer time


summer time
shades of childhood
follow me

previously unpublished



evening sky
clearing up the mess
in my mind

previously unpublished



shaking at my touch
the smell of a dead fire
in the evening air

previously unpublished

Saturday, 18 May 2013

full moon


full moon
as we are
ebbing away

previously unpublished



old pictures
my father younger
than me

previously unpublished



fat humblebee
on a tiny flower
shame on you

previously unpublished

Saturday, 11 May 2013

spring fields with snow


spring fields with snow
breakfast of cottage cheese
with chives

previously unpublished



mossy roof
of a decaying hut
spring shower

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, May 2013



log cabin
the flowing beams
of golden dust

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, May 2013

Saturday, 27 April 2013

spring meadow


spring meadow
am I
a butterfly’s dream?

previously unpublished



summer breeze
a withered rose sways
with the others

first published in Acorn, spring 2013



the smell of autumn
masturbating on the grave
of the first lover

previously unpublished

Saturday, 20 April 2013

there is no harbour


there is no harbour
the gold green of late summer
floating in the air

previously unpublished



not going gentle
into that good night
bloodshot moon

previously unpublished



your I
and my I
eyeing each other

previously unpublished

Saturday, 13 April 2013

pre-spring mood


pre-spring mood
snowflakes like moths
round the lantern

previously unpublished



driving home
for Easter holidays
a fast day

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, April 2013



spring vacation
the empty minds fill
with the breeze

previously unpublished

Saturday, 6 April 2013

spring again


spring again
I help my mother
sit up

first published in Frogpond, winter 2013
republished in The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2013



rain on Good Friday
the altar boy wipes kisses
off the crucifix

previously unpublished



old churchyard
a child angel sleeps
on a stone cushion

previously unpublished