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) 



Presence, Issue #62, 2018




dreams lost in dreams wild poppies





deep in winter
abandoned nests
and forgotten songs




waking from a dream
the night winds
unsettle the moon




Presence Issue #62, 2018



scraping ice ferns
off the windows
of our old jalopy –
such fragile beauty
soon pushed aside



Tanka Society of America 2018 Members’ Anthology:
Of Love and War and the Life In Between



almost toothless
the old dog sleeps
by the fire . . .
the peace of knowing
you are there




Skylark, Tanka Journal 12,
Winter 2018 (6:2)




black feathers
under a bush—
the unspoken truth
gone forever





in an old book
a letter, ‘address unknown’
a million miles away
a new star is born,
another dies







Moonbathing, A Journal of Women’s Tanka,
Issue 19, Fall/Winter 2018


indigo ink
on vellum paper—
all those dreams
of making a different life
for myself





Blithe Spirit, Journal of the British Haiku Society,
Volume 28 Number 4, 2018, November 2018



picking stars apart one by one long winter nights



summer mirage—
what childhood
might have been


winter woodland
bereft of birdsong 
     with your passing 
even clear days
are shadowed


together so long
we seem to finish
one another’s  sentences,
fluent in the pauses
of each other’s mind


comes and goes,
dancing around
my mind
with two left feet





an international of haikai, tanka & beyond
Volume 1, C: November 2018


how many times
can a stone skip
before sinking . . .
deep in my breast
a small lump appears


no second guessing a kingfisher’s straight dive



leaves turning –
an old friendship




Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal,
Issue 25, 2018


he believed

himself omnipotent…

the innocence

of so many children

dissolved in a moment




Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga,
Issue 26 – November 2018


Four Senryu:


reproach –
finding a way back
from heated words




the smell of wood smoke
on the wind





winter walk
learning to negotiate
what can’t be seen




the house
where I was born
weeds & more weeds





Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga,
Issue 26 – November 2018



Photograph by Mary Kendall,
Blackwood Farm,
Hillsborough, North Carolina



photography by Mary Kendall
Highgate Cemetery, London




Ribbons, the Journal of the Tanka Society of America
Fall 2018: Volume 14, Number 3 


the long scar
down your chest
almost healed –
so hard to forget 
you almost disappeared




Eucalypt, Spring issue 2018:


how it begins
this love of beauty . . .
a little girl touches
each colored heart
on grandma’s quilt





Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku (issue 41), October 2018:



frayed feathers
beneath the dogwood tree






Haiku Canada Review, October 2018



hospice window

cherry blossoms

fade and fall




cattails, October 2018 Issue ~ The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society


one haiku and one tanka:


black swan
the beauty
in difference


told not to tell
or be a bother
a child soon finds
a world of her own





GUSTS No. 28, Contemporary Tanka
(fall/winter 2018)

(three separate tanka)



pounding rains
and the peonies are lost –
why didn’t I see
your pallor, your reticence
that last day



a turning from pale gold
to dusky violet
our last embrace
so certain
so final



rain patter
on windows –
just when it seems
the darkness is over
it all begins again





2018 Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology:


spent blossoms—
the remission, too,
was unexpected


(Vancouver Cherry Blossom Invitation 2017,

USA Sakura Awards, Honorable Mention)




Published in Kokako 29, 2018,
a journal of the Poetry Society of New Zealand:



where the house
once stood
only cherry blossoms



billowing fog
the burden of keeping
your secret



rosé bottle
the forgiving vagueness
of frosted glass
the morning




Published in Kokako 29, 2018, a journal of the Poetry Society of New Zealand:



 Changing Notes

A Responsive Tanka Sequence


Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy (UK) and Mary Kendall (USA)



glass bangles
tinkling with laughter
rice grains
strewn on the newlyweds
seeding a new dream



such longing
month after month
turning to years
suddenly the emptiness



the curve of his hand
cups the moon
the one butterfly
aflutter in my belly



the fragile pulse
of his fontanelle
and those half smiles
in his milky dreams



rocking horse
hither and thither
the long curls
of sun-kissed memories
braided into birdsong



one day his son will chatter
in a different tongue
raven locks
eased into smoothness
. . . a new chosen land






Blithe Spirit, the Journal of the British Haiku Society, August 2018



one frame at a time

A Tanka Sequence

by Mary Kendall (USA) and Iliyana Stoyanova (UK)



camera in hand
you tame the world
click by click …
living your life
one frame at a time



the old album
asleep in dust
for all these years
the last two pages
stuck together



so alike
everyone said
we could be twins
but then one day
a letter arrived



through the open windows
spring wind…
by the ballerina box
my old ribbons tangled
like childhood memories 



in my hands now
a forty-year-old picture
of an unknown aunt
a tiny birthmark
same as my own





July Issue, 2018


all morning long
the praying mantis
clings to a window screen—
my fingers less nimble
with each passing year



how softly
the light shifts
from day to dusk,
the familiar comfort
of my hand in yours









Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga, Issue 25, July 2018



wild apple—
one bite is all
it took


a thin coat of dust
on his burial urn


cloud cover—
darkness brewing
in daddy’s words




Presence Issue 61 (2018)


a shadow blocks the light   unwanted touch



washed up –
this broken shell
once sang the sea

far above
old cotton fields –
migrating swans

thin curls of wood
fly away
from the lathe –
his memory slips
away bit by bit




failed haiku: A Journal of English Senryu Volume 3, Issue 32:


chopping carrots –
with each decisive cut
I think of you





Gene Murtha Senryu Contest 2018

Honorable Mention:



worry beads –

one by one I parse

your silence



Originally published in Under the Basho:  December 2016





Redlights, June 2018



a newborn fawn

hidden in tall grasses,

with breath so soft

not even a dandelion




Redlights, June 2018


when you were six

I longed to keep you

that age forever 

      once upon a time                                       

      I knew you so well





Ribbons, Spring/Summer issue 2018


the squeak

of the old swing . . .

only four when carefully taught

to keep that secret

to myself




Tanka Café, Ribbons, Spring/Summer issue 2018:


the little girl’s doll

marred by lipstick

scrawled on her face

. . . maybe this time 

mother will notice




Failed Haiku (July 2018) Haiga edition:





Modern Haiku, Volume 49.2, Summer 2018


a wooden cross

hangs askew

… winter light




Moonbathing, A Journal of Women’s Tanka, Issue 18, Spring/Summer 2018


blue-black mussels

torn from harbor rocks

fill the worn rusty pail –

there was no looking back

when I left you




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