2018 Published Poems





This part of my blog includes poems and places in which my work has been published. To make this readable, the newest poems are at the TOP of this page. In some cases there will be a link to a blog page if the poem is already on my blog. If not, then I will post the poem in this section. Your comments are always welcome. I love hearing responses from readers. It’s wonderful knowing people read my work and I enjoy learning about what a poem means to them.


(in reverse chronological order) 



Frogpond 2018 Volume 41 Number 2 (Haiku Society of America)


the vastness

of a Condor’s Wings

Grand Canyon





The Heron’s Nest, Volume XX, Number 2: June 2018



snow angel

the sound

of your whisper





This tanka appeared in a column edited by Kathabela Wilson:




Ephemerae, a new journal of hakai, Volume 1A, April 2018




returning again

to the faded notes

scribbled in margins

I search for traces

of who you really were




in a bookshop window

sun glinting behind

your image imposed

over mine




Skylark Tanka Journal 6:1, Summer 2018:

Two tanka





old walking stick—

once it was

a branch

that stretched

to the sky


              . . .



all those years spent

twisted in shame –

cultivating old world roses

but still ignoring          

the thorns








Skylark Tanka Journal 6:1, Summer 2018


Angel in Highgate Cemetery, London: photo by CathDupuyPhotos





Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga, Issue, 24, Spring 2018:

two senryu and one kyoka published



pulling a single

strand of silken thread …

her undoing




sipping skinny lattés

they march against

world hunger




a slight limp

on cold and rainy days

how easy it is

to fall out of step

with myself







Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga, Issue, 24, Spring 2018





Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga, Issue, 24, Spring 2018





Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga, Issue, 24, Spring 2018




Gusts, no. 27, Contemporary Tanka, spring/summer 2018


heart fluttering

and eyes closed tight –

it was as if you knew

the swallows had flown

away again



shipwreck spoils

wash back and forth

upon the tide –

notes from other lives

left in sea glass shards






Presence, Issue 90 Spring 2018:



winter nights—
dreaming of blackbirds
on snow



the scent
of a baby’s head
day break



coyote silent tonight wolf moon rising




startled by a woman
who stands too close,
I realize the wall’s a mirror
and I have become
a stranger to myself





Acorn, a Journal of Contemporary Haiku, #40, Spring 2018 issue:


blueness of dusk –
only the breath of wind
and prayers




Published in Ribbons, Winter 2018: Volume 14, Number 1
Tanka Café Winter 2018 ~ weather prompt:


I was born
in a winter storm,
a tiny soul
almost lost
in a sea of white



Published in Ribbons, Winter 2018: Volume 14, Number 1:


Wild Strawberries


Responsive tanka sequence between

Mary Kendall (USA) & Hazel Hall (AUS)


around the turn
we come across a patch
of wild strawberries 
. . . a sudden longing
for something left behind                                                       ​​​​​MK


our harvest carefully   
the taste

of over-ripened fruit
lingers in the mouth                                                                 ​​​​​​HH


searching everywhere
for that old blue sweater 
one dropped stitch
and a secret hidden 
in worn woolen strands​​​​​                                                           MK


our future fears
. . . two sparrows
perched on the scarecrow
pull father’s scarf apart ​​​​​                                                         HH


somewhere in silence
lies an answer . . .
each spring the task 
of double digging soil
before planting   ​​​​​​​                                                                     MK


wheel turning
I throw a new pot . . .
moulding hope
for the future,
a fragile process​​​​​​​                                                                     HH




Cattails, April 2018 edition:




first greening—
with each spring
thoughts of the last




your scent
on the pillow—
all I have left




seven kittens
licked clean by mother…
so much we take
for granted
in others




Blithe Spirit, Volume 28, Number 1, Journal of the British Haiku Society, February Issue 2018


Three tanka and one haiku:


curtains billowing

in the warm spring air

each strand of lace

intricate, undecipherable

… like you




an early daffodil

frozen in a bed of snow

you left us

long before

we were ready




spooning dumplings

into chicken soup

I imagine my mother –

how I wish we had

another chance




milkweed pods

fading to nothing

as we age






Third Place Winner, Golden Triangle Haiku Competition

Spring 2018




Wild Voices 2 Anthology


wisteria finds

a new path no matter

what is cut away—

if only you realized

there was a choice



stepping off a boat

and onto Ellis Island,

you changed your name –

writing the first page

of your new life



a single blossom

on the old gardenia…

looking in the mirror

and seeing

only myself





Red Moon Press Anthology for 2017


Queen Anne’s Lace —
a childhood spent
in second-hand clothes

Originally published: The Heron’s Nest, Volume XIX, Number 1: March 2017, published as an “Editors’ Choice” poem