Friday, 19 December 2014

my plans, my dreams


my plans, my dreams
starlings darken
the summer sky

first published in A Hundred Gourds, December 2014



a village
with the smell of muck
I feel organic

first published in A Hundred Gourds, December 2014



early cold
I google the names
of my school friends

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, December 2014

Saturday, 6 December 2014

evening gnats


evening gnats
a fish punctures
the cosmos

first published in Under the Basho, November 2014



the flow of time
I’m staring into
the still of rain

first published in Under the Basho, November 2014



my bladder
woke me up three times
that autumn moon

first published in Under the Basho, November 2014

Friday, 21 November 2014

night river rowing


night river rowing
the canoe turning into
an open coffin

first published in Under the Basho, November 2014



long winding dirt road
I walk her out
of my heart

first published in Under the Basho, November 2014



the ruins
of a haunted house
I pass through walls

first published in Prune Juice, November 2014

Friday, 7 November 2014

red berries


red berries
of the lily of the valley
poisoned by love

previously unpublished



her hair done
into shiny chestnut
September sun

previously unpublished



November twilight
I keep looking back
Eurydice

previously unpublished

Friday, 24 October 2014

I once tried


I once tried
to explain, oh
that autumn moon

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, September 2014



ripe peaches
will death leave us
for dessert

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, October 2014



before the white
lies fall from the lips
snowy clouds

first published in Chrysanthemum, October 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

onset of winter


onset of winter
the big picture becomes
black and white

first published in A Hundred Gourds, September 2014



slow train home
a cloud’s shadow running
across the stubble

first published in A Hundred Gourds, September 2014



unstirred air
the moonlight slowly
uncovers her

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, September 2014

Saturday, 27 September 2014

woolly clouds


woolly clouds
a child’s face sinking
in candy floss

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, August 2014



she wouldn’t say
why she called me
cherry blossom

Vancouver Haiku Invitational 2014, Honorable Mention



Picasso
I see different wife
my in a way

first published in The Heron’s Nest, September 2014

Saturday, 13 September 2014

sultry night


sultry night
the cold war
between us

first published in The World Haiku Review, August 2014



Warsaw Uprising
red sunlight coming down
the execution wall

first published in The World Haiku Review, August 2014



watching Star Wars
on a summer night
bygone future

first published in The World Haiku Review, August 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014

scorching heat


scorching heat
the patched asphalt
oozing pitch

first published in The World Haiku Review, August 2014



heat wave
a gulp of shade
under a beech tree

first published in The World Haiku Review, August 2014



summer noon
not a shadow
of a doubt

first published in The World Haiku Review, August 2014

Friday, 1 August 2014

ever since


ever since
we lost touch
her cold hands

first published in Modern Haiku, autumn 2014



December wind
the dust of burnt out light
whirling in the street

first published in Presence 50, summer 2014



St John’s Day
the sun anoints
my forehead

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, August 2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014

born yesterday


born yesterday
I’ll die tomorrow
summer solstice

previously unpublished



black label
on the bottle
crystal anniversary

previously unpublished



graveyard after rain
a blackbird pecking up
earthworms


previously unpublished

Sunday, 6 July 2014

midsummer day


midsummer day
I touch her long
blonde hair

previously unpublished



pouring rain
between lightning and thunder
there’s many a slip

previously unpublished



glistening lake
I took a shine
to you

previously unpublished

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Kupala Night


Kupala Night
girls in wreaths watch me jump
over the flames

previously unpublished



forest pond
my toady colleagues
hard at work

previously unpublished



cherry
a sweet soft mouth
and heart of stone

previously unpublished

Saturday, 7 June 2014

misty morning


misty morning
an unknown landscape
becomes a dream

first published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2014



lights out
the frogs’ croaking from afar
a half tone higher

first published in Shamrock, June 2014



sunny meadow
the smell of dark stories
from under the turf

previously unpublished

Friday, 23 May 2014

cherry petals


cherry petals
falling in
and out of love

previously unpublished



lost homes
water birds
on the reservoir

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, May 2014



single mother
the little girl sticks out
her tongue at me

previously unpublished

Saturday, 10 May 2014

meadow narcissus


meadow narcissus
I give her everything
without picking it

previously unpublished



autumn village
the slow movement
of a dung beetle

first published in Chrysanthemum, April 2014



winter morning
a sleepy genie rises
from the coffee

first published in Chrysanthemum, April 2014

Friday, 25 April 2014

first spring ramble


first spring ramble
a wedge of geese pries
the sky open

first published in Tinywords, April 2014



my old father
showing me the garden
the touch of damp earth

first published in Acorn, spring 2014



rainy streets
my soul left me
to bask in the sun

previously unpublished

Friday, 4 April 2014

country churchyard


country churchyard
young leaves on the oak tree
next to the dead ones

previously unpublished



sleepy on a train
where are the trees
going

previously unpublished



Irish music
a concertinaed car
on the roadside tree

previously unpublished

Saturday, 22 March 2014

spring twilight


spring twilight
she kisses bread
and throws to the swans

previously unpublished



the crows cawing
with a note of boredom
first day of spring

previously unpublished



woodpecker knocking
let him in
the old tree

previously unpublished

Saturday, 8 March 2014

my father's life


my father’s life
under communism
cleaning the oil lamp

first published in The Heron’s Nest, March 2014



shape of her sleep
on the down pillow
snowy morning

first published in The Heron’s Nest, March 2014



full moon
she asks me
to put out the light

first published in A Hundred Gourds, March 2014

Sunday, 23 February 2014

fallow fields


fallow fields
the breath of Genghis Khan
on my neck

previously unpublished



chill of dusk
the trees far away
turning blue

previously unpublished



thawing wind
the disfigured snowman
gets dirty

previously unpublished

Saturday, 8 February 2014

empty house


empty house
the deaths hiding
in the clock

first published in Tinywords, February 2014



winter drizzle
putting the cat
to sleep

first published in Shamrock, February 2014



a damp dark day
the air tinged with a smell
of burning feathers

previously unpublished

Friday, 31 January 2014

cold winter's night


cold winter’s night
a deer on the road
frozen by headlights

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, January 2014



freezing day
hot tea and a piece
on global warming

previously unpublished



daily commute
a glimpse of a cloister
through the bare trees

previously unpublished

Saturday, 18 January 2014

winter dawn


winter dawn
the dream of you
glued to my eyelids

first published in The World Haiku Review, January 2014



winter morning
the eyes of a dead fox
shining crystals

first published in The World Haiku Review, January 2014



winter noon
the old pole steaming
on the sunny side

previously unpublished