Thursday, 15 December 2016

leaves falling



leaves falling
behind our backs
golden sunshine

first published in Under the Basho, November 2016



a dull pain
in the old scar
spring buds bursting

first published in Under the Basho, November 2016



a cloud passing through the moon passing through a cloud

first published in Under the Basho, November 2016



Thursday, 1 December 2016

summer vespers



summer vespers —
a stranded sparrow
hits the skylight

first published in Under the Basho, November 2016



full moon
our supper
half eaten

first published in Under the Basho, November 2016



a lamppost
in the middle of the pavement
parting lovers

first published in Under the Basho, November 2016



Thursday, 17 November 2016

return



return along a long line of points of no


first published in Bones, November 2016




the superficial sleep of depths


first published in Bones, November 2016




dry fall as immortal as possible


first published in Bones, November 2016



Friday, 28 October 2016

scorching heat



scorching heat
I kiss the cold
mouth of water

previously unpublished



slow life
the field and myself
lie fallow

previously unpublished



an interview
with a French company
l’esprit d’escalier

previously unpublished


Thursday, 13 October 2016

summer dusk



summer dusk
after a long life
the smell of straw

first published in Presence, October 2016



churchyard
on a summer evening
the cool breath of the dead

first published in Presence, October 2016



late October
your body’s air
on the string G

previously unpublished


Thursday, 29 September 2016

a note of clay



a note of clay
in the wine I sip
returning to dust

previously unpublished



withered houses
along a side street
early autumn

previously unpublished



in heaven
I trip
over a cloud

previously unpublished


Friday, 2 September 2016

I swing in time



I swing in time
with the ticking clock
September rain

first published in Wild Plum, autumn 2016



the sky reflected
in the office block façade
as free as a bird

first published in Wild Plum, autumn 2016



I set the clock
one hour back
bearing death in mind

first published in Modern Haiku, winter 2016


Thursday, 11 August 2016

midsummer night



midsummer night
a loss of something
I’ve never had

first published in bottle rockets, summer 2016



our lucky stars
dead long before
we were born

first published in bottle rockets, summer 2016



harboring a grudge
at the bottom of the heart
the dead calm at sea

first published in Asahi Haikuist Network, July 2016


Friday, 15 July 2016

coolness of her tongue



coolness of her tongue
bumblebees suckle flowers
in the warm meadow

first published in The World Haiku Review, June 2016



up in the air
a balloon
full of my breath

first published in The World Haiku Review, June 2016



a coat of flies
on the dead fox
summer heat

first published in The World Haiku Review, June 2016


Friday, 24 June 2016

decaying leaves



decaying leaves
the sterile inside
of a fertility clinic

first published in Modern Haiku, spring 2016



between the dog
and the wolf
autumn equinox

first published in Presence 55, June 2016



lighthearted
I leave no trace
in the spring grass

first published in Presence 55, June 2016


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Chopin’s heart



Chopin’s heart
in alcohol
winter rain

previously unpublished



spring flood
a different me wants
a different you

first published in The Heron’s Nest, June 2016



bare fields
after the harvest
gathering wind

first published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2016


Friday, 20 May 2016

summer downpour



summer downpour
a pair of stranded doves
like flying fish

previously unpublished



a little closer
to heaven
graveyard on a hill

previously unpublished



a few words
from the doctor
crows on snow

first published in Tinywords, May 2016


Friday, 29 April 2016

like a big tear



like a big tear
a drop of rain
on the dragonfly head

first published in Chrysanthemum, April 2016



father’s collection
collecting dust
wind on empty roads

first published in Chrysanthemum, April 2016



eyelids glued
with the syrup of sleep
yellow afternoon

previously unpublished

Friday, 15 April 2016

northern wind



northern wind
the blizzard
of cherry blossoms

previously unpublished



shady woods
I smell the pink
lady slippers

previously unpublished



the long days
full of flights
September swallows

previously unpublished

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Lolita



Lolita
her mother tongue
in my mouth

also published in Bones, July 2016



her heart
in a jar
autumn deepens

previously unpublished



I touch myself
with your touch
clouds in water

previously unpublished


Friday, 4 March 2016

long heat wave



long heat wave
bales of hay turning
into elephants

first published in The Heron’s Nest, March 2016



her question
when the grebe dives
I hold my breath

first published in A Hundred Gourds, March 2016



a dreamer
she died in her sleep
falling leaves

first published in A Hundred Gourds, March 2016


Friday, 19 February 2016

summer’s end



summer’s end
a wasp tastes
my bitter

first published in Shamrock, February 2016



Christmas Eve
your love tied
with a ribbon

first published in Shamrock, February 2016



my taste buds
in the spring rain
smell of young trees

previously unpublished


Friday, 5 February 2016

November dusk



November dusk
the birch bark writhing
in the fire

previously unpublished



in the heart
of a heartless city
winter rain

previously unpublished



with her back
towards the setting sun
as black as night

previously unpublished

Friday, 22 January 2016

freezing twilight



freezing twilight
the snow angels
fall asleep

previously unpublished



as weary as though
it had walked the world around
the scarecrow in snow

previously unpublished



waking up
on a winter’s morning
hair touched with frost

previously unpublished


Friday, 8 January 2016

the black rook



the black rook
takes the white knight
autumn evening

first published in Frogpond, autumn 2015



mother’s illness
I bury myself
in the fallen leaves

previously unpublished



long, long train
I can’t just stop
dying

previously unpublished