Tuesday, 31 December 2019

speaking Elvish
to the Dwarf King
Tolkein's phrasebook
Georgia O'Keefe's skull
the desert

Submitted to Heliosparrow
through the confessional screen
the priest's breath

Submitted (2020) The Heron's Nest 
the silent roar of the waterfall

fried mushroom cloud cuckoo clock face time (Submitted to Heliosparrow)

stormy sea shore line up

battle axe head strong desire
Found haiku:

summer is fading
the leaves fall in ones and twos

From 'Afternoon' by Philip Larkin (2003) Collected Poems Faber, London page 115

On shallow slates the pigeons shift together

From ‘Pigeons’ by Philip Larkin (2003) Collected Poems Faber, London page 178

Monday, 23 December 2019

Chinese characters
in calligraphic thoughts

new ink bottle
for the words to come

empty ink bottle
no time left
to finish my story

Friday, 20 December 2019

late bottled vintage
just reflecting
burial or cremation
taking longer
to reach the creaking step
my old dad

Accepted (2020) Blithe Spirit Volume 24 Number 5 page 

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The dung heap quartet

fresh morning air
a light frosting
on the dung heap

a change in the weather
wisps of steam rising
from the dung heap

midsummer day
the hum of bluebottles
in the dung heap

the days get shorter
falling silent
the dung heap

Monday, 9 December 2019

cherry blossom
kamikaze petals
on their final mission

Submitted to Wild Plum haiku contest 2020

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

The uninhibited joy of the Chinese working class

line dancing
flute playing
dancing in formation
the public park trademark
of this unique nation

old men with caged birds
hanging in trees
children with grandmas
ready to please

slow joggers
limb smackers
backwards walkers
rice crackers

hacking and spitting
great gobbets of phlegm
no one seems to bother
they do it again

mobile phones
another selfie
too much smoking
never healthy

public toilets
easy to find
an awful stink
no one seems to mind

line dancing
flute playing
dancing in formation
the public park trademark
of this unique nation
two birds singing
a songbird
to a jailbird

Submitted to Heliosparrow
a goods train
rumbling past
precisely reflecting my mood

Monday, 2 December 2019

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Friday, 29 November 2019

Sunday, 24 November 2019

pulled one way
then the other
the ying and yang
of ice cold beer
and jasmine tea

Published (2020) The Bamboo Hut Number 1
shelling pistachio nuts
by empty promises

Submitted (2020) UHTS AHA competition
this Chinese lake
the perfect place
for poetry

Saturday, 23 November 2019

bananas are the perfect fruit
they come in their own box
they never run away from you
they never steal your socks

bananas are a tasty food
they taste like...
and science proves beyond all doubt
they’re better than sultanas

bananas are nutritious
they fill you full of glee
and if you find one long enough
there’s some for you and me

but do take care
and please beware
bananas seem quite friendly
but if you are not nice to them
they make your tummy bendy

so if you see one in a bowl
that comes from further south
pick it up
take off its skin
and stuff it in your mouth
my thoughts
like parallel lines
making a point
with chopstick philosophy

Published (2020) The Bamboo Hut Number 1
in the spirit
of Goldstein
in my Hut of the Small Mind
I seek
my tanka road

Published (2020) The Bamboo Hut Number 1

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Found haiku:

Five low-flying cormorants
over darkening waves

Something pipes*
in the trees,
a regular

From Audrey Dunne (2014) 'Hessle Foreshore at Sunset' in Humberlands: fifteen poems about the Humber & its landscape Wordspin Publications, Hull

* Accepted (2020) Poetrypea

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

high rise clothesline
a red thong

(edited by Su Wai Hlaing)

Submitted (2020) UHTS AHA comtest

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Chinese night

The kitchen clatter. The cackle of Asian voices. What Marco Polo discovered (or did he introduce them?) is being shared. The waiter knows me from previous visits. “Good morning” he says; it is evening. I point to my items on the menu, recognising the pictures. Ramen and fried rice (is it ever ‘ordinary’). The food arrives and I remind myself not to rush. I am alone this evening with nothing to do:

with every mouthful
a long story
this noodle bar

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

rush hour over
the beggar’s bowl 
falls silent

Submitted (2020) The Heron's Nest 

looking anywhere
at the beggar

Submitted The Mamba

Saturday, 9 November 2019

return to sender
dementia delivers
another blow

not known at this address
dementia delivers
another blow

Submitted (2020) UHTS AHA contest
honking back
at the geese
in V-formation
tomato soup
and a white shirt
what could go wrong?

Thursday, 31 October 2019


Tuesday, 29 October 2019

an hour dead
his watch is still ticking
it’s the first thing you remove

Colin Macduff from In Wards, Out Wards 

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Friday, 18 October 2019

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Genovese cafe
all conversations

Published (2019) Under The Basho - Modern Haiku

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

in the railway carriage
peels an orange
we kissed at the barriers
and passing through
she left me

Thomas Hardy
Departure platform 

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Friday, 27 September 2019

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Saturday, 31 August 2019

in my tears
the wooden Buddha
begins to float

ancient Chinese temple
each guide
telling a different story

Published (2019) Blithe Spirit Volume 29 Number 4 page 29

Published (2019) London Haiku Group Anthology 2019 page 37
Shanxi Province Museum
the smell
of ancient toilets
his early rock
her late scissors
the toddler wins again
Yingze Park
even the peonies
sing patriotic songs
sipping the whisky
for the seduction
of the blurb
on the label
ignoring the one-legged beggar
I disembark the train
the endoscopy begins
with the first live view
of my rear end
daring not
to speak it’s name
boy erased

Sunday, 25 August 2019

sixties revival evening
on the wall
a defibrillator

Published (2019) London Haiku Group Anthology 2019 page 37
taking my breath away
hay fever

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Monday, 12 August 2019

Sappho (translated by Mary Bernard)

the cricket sets
up a high-pitched
singing in his wings

from At noontime 
Ambrosia stood
already mixed
in the wine bowl

from Peace reigned in heaven

The full moon is shining
Girls take their places
as though around an altar

from And their feet move

Stars near the lovely
moon cover their own
bright faces

from Awed by her splendour 

The swans on the river
While a wind blows over
A waste of thistles

from Winter by Philip Larkin
through the old magnifying glass
with my mother’s eyes

Published (2019) by Failed Haiku Volume 4 Issue 45 page 86 
an old cat
stretched out 
on a hot car roof

Submitted The Mamba
at the kitchen door 
a half eaten fly
in the spider’s web

Saturday, 20 July 2019

New York sequence

Times Square
a busker
plays Summertime

Central Park jogger 
on his phone
doing a deal

Central Park
she takes her boobs out
for a jog

Natural History Museum
the past

New York subway
ghost trains
passing overhead

42nd St
rough sleepers
waiting for a miracle

in hushed tones
the priest
hearing Confessions

only the breeze moving 
on 7th Avenue 

Museum of Sex
that’s where it went!

Published (2019) by Failed Haiku Volume 4 Issue 45 page 86

gracing the table
a Christian couple
hold hands in Starbucks

45th St
a half eaten pretzel
on the sidewalk

Liberty Island
freedom takes the shape
of a butterfly

early morning 
New York goes to work
with a stern face

Manhattan bookstore
between the lines

Ellis Island
tourists queuing
to get in

on the sidewalk
a homeless man
joins the gum dots

Published (2019) by Failed Haiku Volume 4 Issue 45 page 86 

The Guggenheim
ideas spiral
out of control

five minutes
until the bookstore opens
time stands still

correction bus
siren wailing
a euphemism drives past

New York NY
Washington DC

slow service
I read the menu

Arlington Cemetery
a squirrel
digs up the past

Washington heatwave
from the Metro

on my DC map
an ant strolls
up the National Mall

Washington DC

Baltimore backstreet
the American dream
some blocks away

Philadelphia slums
living the dream

New York NY

the Big Apple
for another bite

I wandered 
in a crowd

buttocks quivering
she freewheels past
on the cobblestones

New York
even the pigeons
got attitude

Published (2019) by Failed Haiku Volume 4 Issue 45 page 86

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

lilac blossom
sweet scent with just a hint
of wheelie bin

Published (2019) by Creatix Number 46

Published (2019) London Haiku Group Anthology 2019 page 37

Living Haiku Anthology

purple bird shit
midsummer reminder
of cherry blossom

Friday, 12 July 2019

Friday, 5 July 2019

BHS IHC 1 June 2019 Translations of Chiyo-ni haiku

full moon –
keeping it in my eyes
on a distant walk

bricht moon
aye in ma ee’n
on a lang w’ak

Published (2019) Harmony within diversity (A collection of papers delivered at the International Haiku Conference St Albans, UK 31 May-2 June 2019) page 28

Thursday, 4 July 2019

last flight
of the evening
half price sandwiches

Published (2019) cattails October page 36

Monday, 1 July 2019

Found haiku:

At the skim of evening*
Wild geese fly inland
Then the sound of silence

From 'Geese' Kevin Crossley-Holland (1991) New and Selected Poems 1965-1990 Hutchinson, London page 26

Accepted (2020) Poetrypea

Sunday, 30 June 2019

the blackbird's nest
a dinner plate
for the magpie
my fish and chips
in fake newspaper

Accepted by Frogpond
wearing nothing
his invisible socks
midsummer day
the only breeze
a hover fly

Published (2019) by the Wales Haiku Journal Summer

Published (2019) London Haiku Group Anthology 2019 page 37

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Friday, 21 June 2019

the fisherman’s wife
boils a kettle
circling gulls

Published (2019) London Haiku Group Anthology 2019 page 37
another boatload of cash

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

another broken tooth
one piece at a time

Published (2019) cattails October page 47

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Friday, 14 June 2019

from black through grey
to white
notan morning
monsoon arriving
she battens down
her skirt

Accepted (2020) Akitsu Quarterly Spring

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Nan Lian sequence

Nan Lian gardens
cicada haiku

temple rainwater

Nan Lian cafe
the waitress
reads her Buddha book

bonsai trees
into obedience

Published by Poetry Pea 15 July 2019

Monday, 3 June 2019

long distance lovers
the space between
his New Year and hers
reunion dinner
just that moment
of hesitation

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 43, p. 11
a haiku poet
strolls past
Sunday morning
last night's party
on the pavement

Published (2019) Blithe Spirit Volume 29 Number 3 page 36
waiting for a bee
I write this haiku

Saturday, 1 June 2019

a large headstone
his reputation
their inheritance
he leaves them
his last breath
relationship over
the ring
of metal

early morning market
the smell
of fresh tomatoes

Published (2019) Blithe Spirit Volume 29 Number 3 page 36

Living Haiku Anthology
inflated ideas
a Good Luck balloon
floats past

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 43, p. 11

Published (2019) London Haiku Group Anthology 2019 page 37
clay pigeon shoot
the real pigeons
just watching

on a branch
mating pigeons
one moving sideways

two pigeons
a shower of leaves

Monday, 20 May 2019

offering me her seat
the young woman
pats me on the shoulder

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 43, p. 11

Sunday, 19 May 2019

kids in pyjamas
uncles with cameras
the Azuma* arrives

*I was in the first Azuma train to arrive at Hull Paragon station
the smell of ketones
on her breath

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Vesak day*
water flowing
at the Banyan tree

Vesak day
caged captives
take to the trees

*- Veask day is Buddha's birthday when water is poured under banyan trees (the tree under which Buddha meditated) and birds, animals and fish are set free.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

visa office queue
going nowhere

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 42 p. 32
abandoned factory
the clock...

lowering my umbrella
I avoid
the beggar’s gaze

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 42 p. 32

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Monday, 6 May 2019

aroused from sleep
I bid farewell
to my ancestors
writing my will
I hesitate
over the signature

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 42 p. 32

funeral plans
so many
final choices

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 42 p. 32

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Friday, 26 April 2019

death next door

death next door
all the family
she never saw

Published in A Moment's Longing HSA Members' Anthology 2019 page 31

death next door
the old house
grows cold

death next door
at last
a family gathering

death next door
that was
her last Christmas

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Monday, 15 April 2019

Sunday, 14 April 2019

high speed train
fleeting glimpses
of other lives

my reflection
my father’s nose
my goodness!
the removal men
at our wobbly bed

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 41 p. 118

Living Senryu Anthology
the old man
and his cage
walking the bird*

older men in China take their caged birds to the park and then socialise with friends while the cages are hung in the trees
hutong toilet
two men squatting
in full view

Friday, 5 April 2019

a warm breeze
wafts plum blossom
into reiwa*

Published by the Asahi Haikuist Network 3 May 2019

*the new era on the Chrysanthemum Throne in Japan; possible meaning 'auspicious peace'.

Living Haiku Anthology

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Hotel haiku

checking in
that hotel smell
greets me

first one way
then another
the plastic key

hotel room

one light
stays on

all packed
one last look
my son
now opening jam jars
for me

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 41 p. 118

Living Senryu Anthology
following me home
in the snow

Accepted (2020) Asahi Haikuist
his last cup of tea
growing cold
the roller blind
the red back

Accepted by Echidna Tracks III 20 July 2019I 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

city walls
against the rain

no defence

Added to: Australian Haiku Society Autumn Equinox Haiku String 2019 (theme: City Life)

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

at last
the ink
is running out

at the gatepost
an old lady

the old lady
her son grows smaller

the old lady
as her son gets smaller

the old lady
watching her son go
global warming
the ducks
arrive early
You’ve Been Framed
but why?
everywhere at once
a woodpecker
or is it two?

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019

severe turbulence
even this haiku
does not distract me
after the breakup

after the breakup
are all that’s left

Monday, 25 February 2019

Northern Lights
don’t spoil it with
an explanation

Published (2019) Under the Basho - Modern Haiku

Living Senryu Anthology

Living Haiku Anthology

with a real pipe
the artificial snowman
watches the skiers

all the same
I slip and fall
on artificial snow
on the chimney pot

seafood restaurant
unable to stop watching
the lobster tank

claws banded
waiting to be boiled


seafood restaurant
could I liberate
the lobsters?

Monday, 18 February 2019

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

a winter field
the horse
following its breath

Published (202) Wales Haiku Journal Winter 2019-20

Sunday, 10 February 2019

weekend over
the clank
of recycling bins

Published (2019) in Failed Haiku Volume 4, Issue 39 p. 14

Living Senryu Anthology

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

cicadas tuning up
early evening

voices raised
as the cicadas
begin to chirrup

the cicadas
drowning out
my tinnitus

still hearing the cicadas...still

the cicadas
mocking our attempts
at conversation

early evening cicadas
our voices

Monday, 21 January 2019

going unanswered
from the dental chair

those keys
still there
...but where?