Some colorful and ‘edible’ haiku

An online haiku journal I love is brass bell: a haiku journal. It is curated by Zee Zehava, herself an excellent haiku poet and teacher. This journal sends out a “theme” for the month’s submissions, and the results are always a delight to read. Recently I had several haiku appear under two different themes.

brass bell: a haiku journal, May 2017
Theme: Colorful Haiku

 

 

children now gone 
no red wagon 
to break the fog

 

flashes of azure wings
two bluebirds wake
the grey morning

 

 

brass bell: a haiku journal, April 2017
Theme: 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
   

 

 

 

colored pencils

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My thanks to Zee Zehava, curator of brass bell: a haiku journal. To read a full issue of this journal, please go to: http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com

Jasmine tea . . . (a tanka)

Skylark Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

 

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

 

Mary Kendall  (c) 2017

 

steamy tea

 

Tundra swans . . . (a tanka)

A new tanka just published in Skylark, Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

 

 

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

 

(c) 2017 Mary Kendall

 

gerald plowman photo

Tundra Swans by Gerald Plowman

Between the Lines (a responsive tanka sequence)

This is the second responsive tanka sequence I’ve written and published with poet David Terelinck. A big thank you to editor Claire Everett for publishing this sequence in her beautiful journal, Skylark.

My thanks to David Terelinck for writing with me and guiding me all the way. You are the best mentor any poet could have.

 

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

Note: to my friends unfamiliar with responsive writing, David’s contributions are all in bold face type while mine are in ‘normal’ type.

 

Fire inhales . . . (tanka art)

It is a true joy to have a piece of tanka art accepted in Skylark. Sandi Pray is the new tanka art editor, and as all fans of contemporary haiga and tanka art know, Sandi is one of the most gifted creators of haiga and tanka art herself.  Here is my contribution:

 

Skylark Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

fire inhales

This tanka art selection is dedicated to Joy McCall, a poet who inspires us all.

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