Sunday, 30 December 2018

                 n g
the u
promising so much

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Christmas Day
the stream of coloured envelopes
that there —
was my grandfather’s house
...or was it that one?
Boxing Day
re-cycling bins
New Year’s Eve
deleting dead relatives
from my phone

I have to admit a strong - but unintended - similarity to:
new year's day
deleting the dead
from my address book
(c) Wendy C. Bialek

new year's day
deleting the dead
from my cellphone

(c) Wendy C. Bialek

new year's day
deleting the dead
from my Facebook page

(c) Wendy C. Bialek

new year's day
deleting the dead
from my iphone

(c) Wendy C. Bialek

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

the old couple
with no words
left between them

Published (2019) All the way home: aging in haiku page 295

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Monday, 10 December 2018

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Friday, 23 November 2018

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Thursday, 15 November 2018

the kite flier
at first
no connection

the kite flier
which one?

the kite flier
only he knows
which one
from the window
of my Chinese hotel

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

there one minute gone the next
the mouse
the wind farm
with its crop
of windmills
going nowhere

always on time
the crow's nest
a sign of winter

the crow's nest
reminds me
winter is coming

the crow's nest

the crow’s nest
like winter

the crow’s nest
like winter
the gravedigger's grave
not so indispensable
after all

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Friday, 9 November 2018

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Thursday, 1 November 2018

jogging past
the rough sleeper...
he snores
no change to spare
my heart empty
but pockets full
Found haiku:

Three ‘haiku moments’:

Unconscious transition from the balcony to the rock outside. (p16)

Suddenly the man crosses the orchard to the seawall. (p28)

...from the darkness of the cliff-edge above us a fir-cone falls. (p35)*

From Lawrence Durrell (1945) Prospero’s Cell Faber and Faber , London

* Accepted (2020) Poetrypea
power walkers
that attitude

Published (2018) Failed Haiku Volume 3, Issue 36, p.18

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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Saturday, 27 October 2018

                                 break up

the boy sits on a rock      the girl calls a friend

and throws stones                          and tells all

Sunday, 21 October 2018

the niqab
unable to hide
her beauty
Sailing By*
the time I didn’t spend
with my father

* Sailing By is the signature tune that precedes The Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

Sunday, 14 October 2018

weekend visitors gone
that different smell
what happens?
essentially nothing

(ekphrastic on The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac)

Published (2019) Poetrypea 16 December

Thursday, 11 October 2018

war correspondent
anticipating battle
killing time

Published (2018) Under the Basho - Modern Haiku



shedding light

The First Law


beach night

castle sand

The Second Law




The Third Law

mobile phone

passive aggression

polygenic risk scores

something else

I don’t understand

town fair
waltzers spinning
and candy floss

Added to: Australian Haiku Society Autumn Equinox Haiku String 2019 (theme: City Life)
a the crack
of broken twigs
the smell of sap

Published (2018) Under the Basho - Modern Haiku

Living Haiku Anthology

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

two magpies
in the rowan tree
gulping* berries

* a ‘gulp’is a collective name for magpies

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Friday, 5 October 2018

Saturday, 29 September 2018

fortune teller
my money
for his thoughts

fortune teller
my money
for his fortune
(suggested by Su Wai Hlaing)

conker season


with bags full of hope

Thursday, 27 September 2018

bench with three seats
the middle one
always empty

Published (2018) Failed Haiku Volume 3, Issue 35, p.22

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

corrugated church
still letting in the light


corrugated church
still letting in the light

Friday, 21 September 2018

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

final resting place
squashed between pages
a dead fly
a dead fly
squashed between pages...
but who closed to book?
scraping a dead fly*
from the old book
I read on

Published (2018)  ephemerae Volume1, C, page 50

LHA Ref:
ephemerae 1.C, December 2018

* at the suggestion of Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy the original first line was changed from:
'scraping the dead fly'*

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chestnut trees
in the damp grass
the smell of conkers

accepting the editor’s decision

my haiku


Monday, 17 September 2018

Friday, 14 September 2018

optician's bill
unable to read
the small print

Published cattails April 2019 page 39

Editor's choice:

What if the first line had been: grocer’s bill? The result would have been a very mundane poem not worth committing to memory. But put ‘optician’s bill’ instead and the irony hits you in the eye. Yet another senryu where juxtaposing two apparently unrelated images results in a whole which is funnier than the sum total of the parts.

Gautam Nadkarni

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Living Haiku Anthology
the envelope
I seal my fate

(surely this one can't be original!)
knowing only
where she's been
a snail

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Saturday, 8 September 2018

antique shop
the smell
of opportunity

Published (2018) ephemerae Volume1, C, page 50

LHA Ref:
ephemerae 1.C, December 2018

Published (2019) All the way home: aging in haiku page 295

Living Senryu Anthology

Living Haiku Anthology

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

life propped up
by memories
and denials

This is not one of my haiku but it appeared in Blithe Spirit  (2018) Volume 28 Number 2 under the column 'Tricky Haiku' where Colin Blundell invites comment on these. I suggested:

propped up by memories
and denials

Blithe Spirit (2018) Volume 28 Number 3 page 14

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

my mother’s life
to two folders

Accepted for All the way home: aging in haiku


to two folders
my mother's life

Monday, 20 August 2018

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Thursday, 26 July 2018

second hand book

who’s dead fingers

turned these pages?

appear from the fog

(ekphrastic on ‘Fog, Hawkes Bay’ by Rita Angus)

Monday, 23 July 2018

beneath the headstone

Published (2019) Pulse scheduled 20 December

Sunday, 15 July 2018

a hanging
followed by a shooting...
new story unfolds

(ekphrastic on the film The Ballad of Lefty Brown)

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sunday, 8 July 2018

letting go
the good toxopholite
knows when


knowing when
the good toxopholite
lets go
the keynote speaker
transforming bullshit
into airmiles
returning happy
from the summerhouse
gin glasses empty

Thursday, 5 July 2018

A deep smell

of late Autumn rain

worked its way in from the steet

This was a line of prose in a short story ‘Birthday girl’ in Desire by Haruki Mirakami which I thought worked well as a haiku.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Monday, 25 June 2018

avoiding cherry stones

I recall

the blossom

the gipsy’s horse

tied to the sign

"No horses"

the bat flits


between insects


between insects


the bat flits



between insects

the bat flits


between insects

the bat flits


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Brighton balcony

cocktail drinkers look down

on thirsty dropouts

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Saturday morning

even the horses

are sleeping

transit passengers

taking wheeled suitcases

for a walk


transit passengers


wheeled suitcases

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Sunday, 10 June 2018

my funeral plan

even here

I economise

Wan Chai district

leaving Church

I enter Gomorrah



the seat belt sign

on iPhone

seeking enlightenment

a Buddhist monk


Buddhist monk

flicking through

WhatsApp messages


buying cuddly toys

the Buddhist monk

- for whom?

Friday, 8 June 2018

leaving Taichung 

this year’s rice

how it has grown

frail old couple

shuffling towards the train

will they make it?

funeral plans
even here
economies of scale

Published Four Hundred and two Snails (25th Haiku Society of America Anthology) 2018, page 54

LHA Ref:
25th HSA Anthology 2018

Mentioned by David Jacobs (2109) in his review of Four Hundred and two Snails in Blithe Spirit Volume 23:1 page 79

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at the station

seeing me off

only cicadas

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

the soup arrives:
jumps over the wall

Published (2019) weird laburnum 1 December

Monday, 4 June 2018

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


the stone

turns into a frog

frog surprise

as the stone


the stone

turns into a frog


three ducklings
in a puddle
thinking it is home

Sunday, 13 May 2018

horse chestnut blossom
onesers and twosers

Published (2018) ephemerae Volume1, B, page 17

LHA Ref:
ephemerae 1.B, Dcember 2018

Living Haiku Anthology

Thursday, 10 May 2018

whiteboard duster 

filling up

with words

on the whiteboard
fuzzy ideas
still visible

Published (2018) Blithe Spirit (Journal of the British Haiku Society) Volume 28, Number 4, page 33

LHA Ref:
Blithe Spirit 28.4, November 2018

Living Haiku Anthology

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Friday, 4 May 2018

cherry blossom shower
the pigeon
changing trees

Published: The Mainichi 6 June 2018

Comment by Dhugal Lindsay in Haiku in English: Best of 2018:

Alighting on a branch has its consequences.

Living Haiku Anthology

The Haiku Registry

This haiku received the following comment in Luca's Lily Pad Issue 8, 7 January 2019 on My Haiku Pond:

Comment: a haiku where the falling cherry blossoms (sakura no shawā 桜のシャワー) look really like a rainfall (hitoame 一雨), so much that even the pigeon in line 2 is confused, trying to find shelter. The harmonizing juxtaposition between the two ku 句 is even more delicate thanks to the lack of a physical cut (kireji 切れ字) at the end of the first line, developing an overall sense of lightness (karumi 軽み), frailty (shiori しをり) and impermanence (hikarakuyō 飛花落葉, i.e. ‘blossoms fall, leaves scatter’).

Included in the Annual Selection 2018: Haiku that combine multiple senses

blue mosaic

looking up

through the cherry trees

the ladybird

on a pilgrimage

across the slabs

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunday morning run
fresh scented flowers
on the graves

April running
the cherry blossom
runs ahead of me

Saturday, 28 April 2018

between raindrops
gathering his thoughts
a bumble bee

Published: The Mainichi 27 July 2018

Comment by Dhugal Lindsay in Haiku in English: Best of 2018:

A zoomed-in look at the microworld.

Living Haiku Anthology

Included in the Annual Selection 2018: Haiku that combine multiple senses

April showers


rows of umbrellas

cherry blossom
seeing it
through runny eyes

with work to do
I prefer the view
cherry blossom

April storm
too early
for cherry blossom

the hearse
drives past
cherry blossom

first a cloud
then a blanket
cherry blossom

the cloud
becomes a carpet
cherry blossom

the cherry blossom
I am reminded
by Instagram

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sunday, 15 April 2018

church spider
behind the radiator

Published (2018) British Haiku Society Anthology 2018 p.21

LHA Ref:
British Haiku Society Anthology 2018

Living Haiku Anthology

Monday, 9 April 2018