Just past sunrise . . . 4 small poems

Two of my haiku and two tanka were published in 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



My thanks to Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy, the editor of Blithe Spirit, for selecting these four poems for publication.

A respite … (tanka)


tanka in eucalypt


Note:  This is the very first time one of my tanka have appeared in the Australian tanka journal, Eucalypt.  My thanks to the new editor, poet Julie Thorndike.

Dark pebbles… (a tanka)



tanka moonbathing 16


Note: Published by poet and artist, Pamela L. Babusci, Moonbathing is a journal of women’s tanka.

Willow branches (collaborative tankart)

FS6 Kendall & French


This piece of tankart appeared in Frameless Sky 6 as part of an ongoing competitive challenge. In the last issue, a photograph I submitted was selected by a poet to go with her poem. Since my photo was selected, I was then asked, in turn, to contribute a tanka or haiku for the next issue. I wrote this tanka as a prompt. There were some wonderful pictures submitted, and it was very hard to select just one. In the end, I kept returning to this lovely ink drawing of a willow.. Terri Hale French, a distinguished and accomplished haiku poet was the artist. Our combined effort appeared in the latest issue of Frameless Sky. It’s a real honor to have this collaborative piece of tanka art published. Many thanks to Christine L. Villa, poet and editor of Frameless Sky.


Published in Frameless Sky 6, Summer 2017