2017 Published Poems

 

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This part of my blog includes poems and places in which my work has been published in 2017. To make this readable, the newest poems are at the TOP of this page.

(in reverse chronological order) 

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hedgerow, a journal of small poems  #122, winter 2017-8

 

new year moon—

looking backward

looking forward

 

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Moonbathing, A Journal of Women’s Tanka,

Issue 17, November 2017

 

your dark self—

that side

hidden

away like

a new moon

 

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Blithe Spirit, the Journal of the British Haiku Society, November 2017

 

 

Queen’s dollhouse—

we examine the tiny rooms

in barely a whisper

 

 

 

pooh sticks       drift away

this      child

gone     too soon

 

 

 

 

crowning—

the full moon pushes

through fog

 

 

 

 

his fingerprint

left under a cup

he made

her only way

to hold on

 

 

the slow uncurling

of the fiddleheads

one by one

learning to let go

is never easy

 

 

 

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Published in Ekphrasis: The British Haiku Society Member’s Anthology, 2017:

 

 

the statue of David

stands so tall in the gallery,

I am speechless

in the Italian

I never learned

 

 

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Ribbons, the Journal of the Tanka Society of America,
Fall 2017: Volume 13, Number 3

 

 

still collecting dolls

into her old age

a special name for each –

and one story

she refused to tell

 

 

Tanka Café Fall 2017: theme is “paper”

 

a book propped

by the pillow on my knees,

page after page

I ease into someone

else’s life

 

 

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Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2017

 

 A piece of Tankart, A Child’s Grave:

 

 

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Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2017

 

 

Moral Monday –

arm and arm linked

you choose to step

into the darkness

to find the light

 

 

This tanka is dedicated to the courageous people who participated in the “Moral Mondays” in my home state of North Carolina. They risked arrest for gathering at the State Legislature to protest unfair and discriminatory legislation being passed. These protests were non-violent and led by the Reverend William J. Barber.

 

 

 

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Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2017:

 

 A Rengay by Mary Kendall (USA) & Bill Waters (USA),

 

 Day’s End

 

stillness –

violet fades

to black

 

the scratch of a match

as I strike it

 

a flicker

of memory starts

then stops

 

turn of the tide . . .

how hard it is

to let go

 

a limb of driftwood

pulled back to sea

 

fair nights or foul

the lighthouse beam

shining

 

 

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Two haiku just published in the November 2017 issue of Brass Bell. The theme was “family.”

 

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Published in Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, 
Haibun and Haiga, Issue 23, November 2017

 

 Four senryu:

 

walking meditation
worries follow
in shadow

 

cerulean sky –
the wild sea air
tousles my thoughts

 

barren –
even the word
is devoid of hope

 

promises not kept—
that umbrella you gave me
blows inside out

 

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Published in Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, 
Haibun and Haiga, Issue 23, November 2017, two haiga:

 

 

 

 

 

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A one-line haiku published in
Acorn, A Journal of Contemporary Haiku,
#39, Fall 2017

 

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winter static   the crackle of your silence

 

 

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Published: cattails: The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society October 2017 Issue

 

 

This haiku was selected as an Editor’s Choice (EC):

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cattails: The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society 

October 2017 Issue:

 

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cattails: The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society 

October 2017 Issue:

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Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, October 2017

 

a sad looking halloween pumpkin lantern decoration on black background

 

 

 

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GUSTS, NO. 24, Contemporary Tanka,
Fall/Winter 2017 (Tanka Canada)

 

 

past the edge
of darkness, an owl swoops
and grabs a vole
. . . reckoning comes
at lightning speed

 

 

 

the pale twilight
of a hospital room
fading, fading
as you said
your last goodbyes

 

 

 

a fear of dark water
has shadowed me
all these years . . .
ripples on the surface
come and go

 

 

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
2017 Haiku Invitational Winners

USA
Honourable Mentions

 

 

spent blossoms—
the remission, too,
was unexpected

Mary Kendall
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

 

http://www.vcbf.ca/haiku-invitational/winning-haiku/2017-winning-haiku

 

 

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Brass Bell
October 2017

Theme: body haiku

 

in hospice
skin so thin,
breath so slow

 

arm in arm
we dare the street traffic
snowy day

 

new knees—
I learn to walk again
no longer afraid

 

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Blithe Spirit, Volume 27, Number 23 (2017)

 

 

plum blossoms—
watching you
struggle for so long
I remember how brief
a season is

 

stopping to study
fritillaries, tulips
and jonquils  –
the sudden way
you take my hand

 

old shoes –
the challenge
of moving on

 

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Brass Bell, September 2017,
Theme: Water

 I had two one line haiku and one three line haiku:

 

her waters broken the beginning of the beginning

  

 

what was hidden now emerges water lilies

 

 

near the cattails
two white egrets
lost in reflection

 

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Published in Wild Plum, a Haiku Journal
3:2 Fall & Winter 2017

 

 

evening drizzle—
unwanted thoughts
trickle in

 

fallen trees—
our inner lives
ungrounded

 

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Published in Wild Plum, a Haiku Journal
3:2 Fall & Winter 2017

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Presence Summer 2017

 

faded numbers
tattooed on your arm,
I slip back in silence

 

Luna moth
this brief life
soon eclipsed

 

staring skyward
at the meteor shower
I brush away two fireflies –
a sudden glint
of new found love

 

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Published in Frameless Sky 6, Summer 2017

 

a pile of ripe plums
carefully balanced
in a burnished bowl—
how hard we tried
to make it work

 

 

we wander among
the soft blue stars
of Agapanthus –
our lifetime together
so fleeting

 

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Ribbons Spring/Summer 2017: Volume 13, Number 2

 

a soft rain falls
as you work in the garden …
what I’d give to read
the chapters of your life
you never share

 

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Ribbons Spring/Summer 2017: Volume 13, Number 2
Tanka Café:

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Prune Juice : Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga Issue 22: July, 2017

 

proprioception lost in his own world

 

beginner’s yoga class…
our first sun salutation
eclipsed by the teacher

 

OCD
taming laugh lines
on my selfie

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Prune Juice : Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga Issue 22: July, 2017

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Prune Juice : Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga Issue 22: July, 2017

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Prune Juice : Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga Issue 22: July, 2017

 

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Red Lights, Volume 13, No. 2, June 2017

 

peeling an orange
in one long strand –
trying hard to hold on
to all I remember
of those now gone

 

a wooden pew
empty and waiting . . .
colored light
from stained glass
cupped in my hands

 

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Modern Haiku
Volume 48:1
Winter-Spring 2017

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Eucalypt, A Tanka Journal
Issue 22, 2017

 

a respite
from this daily worry
that drowns us—
the forgetting
that is sleep

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Moonbathing, a Journal of Women’s Tanka
Issue 16, Spring/Summer 2017

  

all those words
I wish I could forget . . .
the smoothness
of dark pebbles
clutched in my hand

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Blithe Spirit, Journal of the British Haiku Society,
Volume 27, No. 2, 2017

 

autumn morning—
sweeping away all
that drifts inside

 

 

washed up
in the sudden flood –
a baby’s shoe

 

 

just past sunrise
a single scull
glides down the river. . .
a flash of what it was
to be young

 

 

the tight cord slaps
against the flagpole
all night long
I dream of a father
who used few words

  

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Skylark Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

A responsive tanka sequence with
Mary Kendall (USA) and David Terelinck (AUS) 

 

Between the Lines

 

the conversation
turned so quickly
that morning in Paris . . .
your disapproval palpable
as you walked away

despite phrasebooks,
maps and interpreters
how often
we still lose our way
to understanding . . .

 

you sketch
a stranger’s likeness
with such ease –
how I hoped you could learn
to read between the lines

 

days spent
rehearsing a response –
why do those
who direct my life
now want to write the script

 

your practised words
sound right, but feel so wrong . . .
sifting through
shattered pots and ashes
left in an empty kiln    

 

dementia steals
my name from her lips –
visiting hours,
relatives complete
the latest jigsaw

 

piecing together
from rumour and gossip
her final days –
I snake through minutiae
to make some sense

 

they contest
the unsigned will
. . . promises
we make to each other
but don’t intend to keep

 

© 2016 Mary Kendall & David Terelinck

 

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Skylark Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

 

from slabs
of common clay
delicate cups
that hold the scent
of jasmine tea

 

whistling wings
of Tundra swans
over the marshes
. . . what is this power
you hold over me

 

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Skylark Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

 a haiga:

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Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 16, April 2017

 

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Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 16, April 2017

 

sleeplessness…
balancing dreams
and more dreams

 

traffic jam   reversing my indecision

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Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga
Issue 21, March 2017

 

slave burial ground
. . . only whispers
and unmarked graves

 

evening news –
the tragedies of life
our common thread

 

 

winter thaw –
finding a way back
from heated words

 

 

morning doves
cooing their way
through the garden…
I, too, never saw
the neighbor’s cat

 

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Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga
Issue 21, March 2017

 

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Skylark, Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

 

 

A responsive tanka sequence with Mary Kendall (USA) and David Terelinck (AUS) 

 

Between the Lines

 

the conversation
turned so quickly
that morning in Paris . . .
your disapproval palpable
as you walked away

 

despite phrasebooks,
maps and interpreters
how often
we still lose our way
to understanding . . .

 

you sketch
a stranger’s likeness
with such ease –
how I hoped you could learn
to read between the lines

 

days spent
rehearsing a response –
why do those
who direct my life
now want to write the script

 

your practised words
sound right, but feel so wrong . . .
sifting through
shattered pots and ashes
left in an empty kiln    

 

dementia steals
my name from her lips –
visiting hours,
relatives complete
the latest jigsaw

 

piecing together
from rumour and gossip
her final days –
I snake through minutiae
to make some sense

 

they contest
the unsigned will
. . . promises
we make to each other
but don’t intend to keep

 

© 2016 Mary Kendall & David Terelinck

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Two tanka were also published in  Skylark, Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

 

from slabs
of common clay
delicate cups
that hold the scent
of jasmine tea

 

 

whistling wings
of Tundra swans
over the marshes
. . . what is this power
you hold over me

 

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A haiga, dedicated to poet Joy McCall was also published in Skylark, Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

 

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Three “edible” haiku were published in brass bell: a haiku journalApril 2017

This month’s theme was Edible Haiku.

 

tasting a word
as I say it aloud —
gnocchi

 

 

the soft velvet
of apricots
against our lips

 

 

pierogi day —
pinching loose ends
of dough & memories

 

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Gusts, no. 25, Contemporary Tanka, Spring/Summer 2017

 

watching clouds
begin to drift
from your soft sable brushes –
you make the sky bluer
than blue, not grey

 

 

the shivery silk
of your words
slips around me –
the first line of us
now written

 

 

all that time waiting
to hear from you
I ascend the stairway
of a deserted station,
pale Freesias in hand

 

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Ribbons, Winter 2017: Volume 13, Number 1
Journal of the Tanka Society of America
Edited by David Rice

 

your glazing brush
caresses the curved lip
of the bowl –
remembering
how you once touched me

 

 

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Wild Plum, a haiku journal, 3:1 Spring & Summer 2017,
Edited by Gabriel Sawicki

 

unforgettable—
the taste of zinfandel
on your lips

 

forgiveness
the new year’s moon
lights the way

 

 

 

One haiga in Wild Plum, a haiku journal,
3:1 Spring & Summer 2017

Haiga Editor: Maria Tomczak

 

 

 

 

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Brass Bell, March 2017   Theme: Poems by Women
Curated by Zee Zehava

 

scent of mock orange—
all the years spent
doubting myself

 

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The Heron’s Nest, Winter 2017 (editors’ choice)

 

Queen Anne’s lace –
a childhood spent
in second-hand clothes

 

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Blithe Spirit: February 2017
Journal of the British Haiku Society, edited by Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

 

 

bitter wind
stage 3 shifts
to stage 4

 

winter night coyotes speak in frost

 

deep blue ink
from the fountain pen
you left me
. . . a story adrift
in a river of words

 

pulling a thread
from the hem
my sweater unravels . . .
dreaming of an aubade
you never wrote for me

 

someone
whistles an old tune
in the graveyard –
so many faded flowers
tossed in the bin

 

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Wild Voices, An Anthology of Short Poetry & Art by Women
February 2017, edited by Caroline Skanne

 

foxglove—
danger hidden
in such beauty

 

the softness
of a raspberry
on my tongue…
I remember our long
first kiss

 

a softness of spring
flecked with apple blossoms ~
the morning you died
darkness swept in
lost and wild

 

wild honeysuckle
heady and sweet—
your hold
on me
just as strong

 

 

 

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Redlights, Winter 2017
Edited by Marilyn Hazelton

 

Orion stands watch
on winter nights …
for so long I tried
to find my way
in darkness

 

fragrance
of old books
. . . all the memories
I wish could be
rewritten

 

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Brass Bell: January 2017  

Theme: Things That Make you Happy
Curated by Zee Zehava

 

snowbound —
a brand new novel
page one

 

 

first snow —
a cheeky chickadee
breaks the peace

 

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