Pooh sticks . . .



In the November, 2017 issue of Blithe Spirit, the Journal of the British Haiku Society, these tanka and haiku were published. All poems are (c) 2017 Mary Kendall.


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Queen’s dollhouse—
we examine the tiny rooms
in barely a whisper



the full moon pushes
through fog




his fingerprint
left under a cup
he made
her only way
to hold on




the slow uncurling
of the fiddleheads
one by one
learning to let go
is never easy




The sudden way . . .

Blithe Spirit is the Journal of the British Haiku Society. Two of my tanka and one haiku were published in Volume 27, Number 23 (2017). I am most grateful to be part of this issue.


old shoes –
the challenge
of moving on

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plum blossoms—
watching you
struggle for so long
I remember how brief
a season is

stopping to study
fritillaries, tulips
and jonquils –
the sudden way
you take my hand


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(c) 2017, Mary Kendall
Blithe Spirit, Volume 27, Number 23 (2017)

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.