North Carolina Haiku Society hosts an all-day meeting on the last Saturday of each April. This year marked the 40th year of these days called “ Haiku Holiday.” Each of the past 40 years has been hosted by one wonderful poet and woman, Jean Earnhardt
on Bolin Brook Farm, an old farmstead that has been in her family for 12 generations. Can you imagine opening up your home and garden annually to a large group of poets? Jean does so graciously and with a welcoming, inclusive attitude. Thank you, Jean!
“In honor of the 40th anniversary of Haiku Holiday, we read 40 haiku by current and past members of the North Carolina Haiku Society.
Crystal Simone-Smith selected the poems and published them as a broadside.” ( Dave Russo, the NCHS website Editor)
The Broadside is so beautiful, and it’s an honor to be part of this. My two haiku are listed below. My thanks to Crystal for selecting this to be included.
Haiku Holiday, NCHS, 2019
40 Years, 40 Haiku: A Broadside
more and more invisible
as I grow old
our country’s story
. . . fallen blossoms
Both haiku by Mary Kendall (c) 2019
haiku, life and death, lyrical poetry, Mary Kendall poetry, meditative poetry, memory, poems of growing older, poems of loss, Poems of Sadness, senryu, small poems |
how many times
can a stone skip
before sinking . . .
deep in my breast
a small lump appears
Unsplash by Linus Nylund
no second guessing a kingfisher’s straight dive
Kingfisher and Irises by-Ohara Koson, The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Holland.
leaves turning –
an old friendship
Golden Tree by Mary Kendall
an international of haikai, tanka & beyond ephemerae,
Volume 1, C: November 2018
My thanks to Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy for publishing two of my haiku and one tanka in the November issue of . ephemerae
bird poem, friendship poetry, haiku, life and death, lyrical poetry, Mary Kendall poetry, meditative poetry, nature poetry, one-line haiku, Poems of Sadness, senryu, tanka |
My first time in this journal.
Haiku Canada Review, October 2018
fade and fall
haiku, lyrical poetry, Mary Kendall poetry, meditative poetry, poems of grief, poems of loss, Poems of Sadness, Poems of Sorrow, poetry, senryu, small poems |
(issue 41), October 2018: Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku
beneath the dogwood tree
bird poem, death, haiku, lyrical poetry, Mary Kendall poetry, meditative poetry, nature poetry, poems of loss, Poems of Sadness, poetry, small poems |
One tanka published in:
cattails, October 2018 Issue
The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society
told not to tell
or be a bother
a child soon finds
a world of her own
In that silence, poems are born.
I urge all of you to read the full issue of cattails, which you can download as a pdf here:
depression and poetry, family stories, lyrical poetry, Mary Kendall poetry, meditative poetry, poem of understanding, Poems of Childhood, Poems of Sadness, poetry, small poems, tanka |
Three tanka published in one my very favorite journals.
GUSTS No. 28, Contemporary Tanka
& the peonies are lost –
how did I miss
your pallor, your reticence
that last day?
turning from pale gold
to dusky violet
our last embrace
on windows –
just when it seems
the darkness is over
it all begins again
lyrical poetry, Mary Kendall poetry, meditative poetry, poem of understanding, Poems, poems of grief, poems of loss, Poems of Sadness, poetry, sensory poetry, small poems, tanka |
Presence Issue 61 (2018) / three haiku and one tanka:
a shadow blocks the light unwanted touch
washed up –
this broken shell
once sang the sea
old cotton fields –
thin curls of wood
from the lathe –
his memory slips
away bit by bit
depression and poetry, forgetting, haiku, lyrical poetry, Mary Kendall poetry, meditative poetry, memories, one-line haiku, poem of understanding, poems of growing older, Poems of Sadness, poetry, poetry of the sea, senryu, tanka |