Friday, 4 December 2015

northerly wind



northerly wind
the runes of gulls’ footprints
in the damp sand

first published in The Heron’s Nest, December 2015



the station
after the trains have left
smell of autumn

first published in Modern Haiku, autumn 2015



street lamps at dawn
she kept me
in the dark

first published in A Hundred Gourds, December 2015


Saturday, 21 November 2015

empty nest



empty nest
two scrambled eggs
for dinner

first published in Prune Juice, November 2015



universal education
the pizza man
quotes Shakespeare

first published in Prune Juice, November 2015



bad neighborhood
the call of a wandering
knife sharpener

previously unpublished


Friday, 6 November 2015

the wind raises



the wind raises
her periwinkle dress
heat lightning

first published in Presence, autumn 2015



little trout
warming in the shallows
I cool my feet

first published in Presence, autumn 2015



evening in town
a greater choice
of the same

first published in Presence, autumn 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015

departing summer



departing summer
flies on both sides
of the window pane

first published in Chrysanthemum, October 2015



it’s over now
the drying tears
tickle my cheek

first published in Chrysanthemum, October 2015



too late
to drink blood
autumn gnats


previously unpublished

Friday, 2 October 2015

late summer



late summer
mating dragonflies
extend each other

first published in Tinywords, September 2015



in the middle
of a mid-life crisis
autumn equinox

previously unpublished



when the gods
still cared
forest creek

previously unpublished


Friday, 18 September 2015

accompanied



accompanied
by their lengthening shadows
passers-by

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, September 2015



throwing burrs
at each other
the pain of parting

previously unpublished



so long
her shadow
touches mine

previously unpublished

Friday, 4 September 2015

sea of dry grass



sea of dry grass
the news that there is
no Ithaca

first published in The Heron’s Nest, September 2015



a walk with father
the stream slowing down
near the mouth

first published in The Heron’s Nest, September 2015



I capture
the white queen
winter evening

first published in A Hundred Gourds, September 2015


Friday, 21 August 2015

mist joining



mist joining
the lake to the heavens
you and me

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, July 2015



mist condensing
over the midsummer field
those lost dreams

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, July 2015



September lightness
I end
in a spider’s net

previously unpublished


Friday, 24 July 2015

a shiver running



a shiver running
through the horse’s side
summer dusk

first published in Frogpond, summer 2015



the moths
of her eyelashes
summer night

first published in Frogpond, summer 2015



global warming
unnoticed
spring departs

first published in Asahi Haikusit Network, June 2015


Friday, 26 June 2015

snowy night



snowy night
her gooseflesh under
the eiderdown

first published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2015



neither black
nor blue
moonless night

first published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2015



sudden rain
the shutting mouths
of flowers

previously unpublished


Friday, 12 June 2015

shadows of clouds



shadows of clouds
on the summer grass
drifting continents

first published in Shamrock, June 2015



do you know the lyrics
of the thrush’s song
twilight thickens

previously unpublished



the creak
of a rusted gate
years that passed

previously unpublished


Friday, 22 May 2015

hot afternoon



hot afternoon
the taste of black coffee
in her kiss

first published in Chrysanthemum, April 2015



the wind takes
a leaf from the pile
loneliness

first published in Chrysanthemum, April 2015



the grey hair
of a young girl
first snowflakes

first published in Chrysanthemum, April 2015


Saturday, 25 April 2015

distant music



distant music
the leaves soundlessly
decomposing

first published in Frogpond, winter 2015



a passer-by
hidden in himself
falling rain

first published in Acorn, spring 2015



frosty field
the crane standing
on one leg

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, April 2015


Friday, 10 April 2015

she was wearing



she was wearing
a yellow coat
colorless rain

previously unpublished



the stars smelling
of strange smells
spring melancholy

previously unpublished



all night rain
my neighbours
drowned in sleep

previously unpublished

Saturday, 21 March 2015

late September



late September
a sudden rain
rushes the dusk

first published in The Heron’s Nest, March 2015



snuffed out candles
the lingering scent
of her life

first published in The Heron’s Nest, March 2015



turning the tip
of the balance
spring equinox

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, March 2015


Saturday, 7 March 2015

blackbird’s song



blackbird’s song
her eyes one shade darker
than the dusk

first published in A Hundred Gourds, March 2015



the rowan lantern
burning in the dusk
a roe’s somber eyes

first published in A Hundred Gourds, March 2015



using the dark
as a tongue
deep autumn

first published in A Hundred Gourds, March 2015


Friday, 20 February 2015

waiting outside



waiting outside
the cold whisper of wind
in the last leaves

first published in Presence 51, winter 2015



abandoned table
in the autumn garden
the rain takes a seat

first published in Presence 51, winter 2015



the smell of
a second-hand bookshop
thawing street

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, February 2015

Saturday, 7 February 2015

autumn sunset


autumn sunset
I’ll follow the road
to the end

previously unpublished



on the edges
of a withered afternoon
the Land of Nod

previously unpublished



chamber music
after dinner
the food of love

previously unpublished

Friday, 23 January 2015

virgin snow


virgin snow
the old sleigh leaving
rusty marks

first published in The World Haiku Review, January 2015



crisp autumn
the reward of losing
is peace

previously unpublished



lost in memories
I walk along the river
of forgetfulness

previously unpublished

Friday, 9 January 2015

she comes to me


she comes to me
attired only
in a short night

first published in Frogpond, autumn 2014



felled trees
the winter sky
stark bare

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, November 2014



standing still
on the escalator
upcoming year

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, January 2015