A child’s grave … (Tanka Art)

a child's grave


Also appearing in Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2017 is this piece of Tanka Art. The photograph was taken by me in the cemetery of Holy Trinity Church (where William Shakespeare is buried) in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK in 2015.


Moral Monday (a tanka)


This tanka was published in Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2017:


The following 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.


Moral Monday –
arm and arm linked
you choose to step
into the darkness
to find the light






Day’s End (a rengay)

This rengay was published in Skylark, a Journal of Tanka,
Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2017


               DAY’S END  

Mary Kendall  & Bill Waters 



stillness –                                            MK

violet fades

to black


the scratch of a match                     BW

as I strike it


a flicker                                              MK

of memory starts

then stops


turn of the tide . . .                          BW

how hard it is

to let go


a limb of driftwood                        MK

pulled back to sea


fair nights or foul                           BW

the lighthouse beam



It is always a real honor to be invited to write responsively with a poet I admire. In this case, poet Bill Waters asked if I’d like to write a rengay with him. I love Bill’s poetry and his originality. I had read many rengay, but I’d never written one. Of course trying out a new form is always both fun and a challenge, so without hesitation I agreed. Bill had written rengay with other poets, so I depended upon him to keep me on track, and he did. The process of linking and shifting in responsive writing is the best part of the process. Having this rengay accepted for publication in Skylark, a Journal of Tanka edited by Claire Everett was another honor for both of us. Thanks, Bill, for this invitation.

Skylark Winter 2017

Note:  For more poetry by Bill Waters, please visit his websites:

Bill Waters~~Haiku/
Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, & More:

Bill Waters~~ Not Haiku (blog within a blog):  https://billwatershaiku.wordpress.com/bill-waters-not-haiku/


Cerulean sky and other Senryu…


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

 In addition to three haiga published in Prune Juice, there were also these 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



This stormy, but fun, vintage illustration is from a 1911 book illustrated by Oliver Herford (1863-1935)

Cold snap! (haiga)



Cold snap!


This Haiga was published in Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, 
Haibun and Haiga, Issue 23, November 2017.

Note on the photo: I took this picture on a beautiful, sunny winter day in Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London. Greenwich Park is one of the beautiful Royal Parks that make city living a joy. The frost on the leaves and grass and the bright sunlight were just exquisite that morning.

Battered boards … (haiga)


battered boards

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

Note on the photo: In 2013 I visited Avignon, France, which is where this picture was taken of the outside of the Palais des Papes. It dates back to the 14th century.

Even the butter … (two haiku)

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


Brass Bell Nov 2017

Both haiku are by Mary Kendall (c) 2017