Whispers and unmarked graves

These three senryu and the single kyoka were published in Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga, Issue 21, March 2017. It is always such a joy to have a poem selected to appear in this important journal of senryu. While senryu are frequently amusing and clever, they can also be dark or serious.

 

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slave burial ground
. . . only whispers
and unmarked graves

 

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evening news –                                
the tragedies of life
our common thread

 

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winter thaw –
finding a way back
from heated words

 

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morning doves
cooing their way
through the garden…
I, too, never saw
the neighbor’s cat

 

A haiga for poets

Do you like word play as much as I do? I’m a hopeless ‘punner,” and this senryu/haiga allowed me to have a little fun. I hope you like it, too. 

 

 

This haiga was published in Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and HaigaIssue 21, March 2017.

 

Indecision… (two senryu)

I was very lucky to have two senryu published in Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 16, April 2017

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traffic jam   reversing my indecision

 

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sleeplessness…                                
balancing dreams
and more dreams

 

My thanks to editor, Mike Rehling. Failed Haiku can be downloaded as a pdf file. This issue contains so many wonderful poets and senryu. Please go and explore it:

http://www.haikuhut.com/FailedHaikuIssue16.pdf

 

 

 

Watching my hair dance . . . (haiga)

Using a photo I took and two different art programs on my iPad, a new picture appeared that was perfect for this senryu.

This haiga was published in:
Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 16, April 2017

 

 

 

 

Unforgettable…

 

I’ve had two haiku and one haiga included in the newest edition of Wild Plum, a haiku journal, 3:1 Spring & Summer 2017.

 

unforgettable—
the taste of zinfandel
on your lips

 

 

forgiveness
the new year’s moon
lights the way

 

 

mourning-haiga

 

March brings lots of wonderful poetry journals. Another favorite of mine is
Wild Plum, a haiku journal, 3:1 Spring & Summer 2017. The journal is edited by Gabriel Sawicki. This journal is based in Poland, and it has a very international group of readers and contributors. The haiga editor is Maria Tomczak. I hope you will go to their journal directly and read it in full. It’s a very beautiful journal (lovely cover art by Azi Kuder. I’ve added a link at the bottom of this posting.

 

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Here’s a link to the complete version of this  lovely haiku journal:

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A flurry of poems…

The fall issue of cattails is out at last. Due to a big switch around of editors, the September issue was delayed and is now published in December. What a big issue it is, full of so many poems to read. Many of my favorite poets are in this issue and there are some who are new to me still to be discovered.

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I have two haiku included in this issue:

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first blossoms –
I tell myself this year
will be different

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daybreak …
the birds wake us
song by song

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and a few senryu:

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long yawns …
breathing in
his boredom

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zafu zabuton zazen       zzzzz

 

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plus one tanka:

 

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long ago I heard
the sound of wuthering wind
blowing through the night –
a bleakness so forlorn,
a loneliness bereft of words   

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My thanks to all the editors of cattails for their hard work. I cannot begin to imagine the number of hours it takes to put together something this substantial.

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Bare branches . . . (a haiga)

When it rains, it pours, or so the saying goes. This month I feel so fortunate to have so many things included in two of my favorite senryu journals, Failed Haiku and Prune Juice. 

 

This haiga was published in Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, Volume 1, Issue 11, November 2016. My thanks to Michael Rehling, editor of this fine journal.

 

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I took this photo in Regent’s Park, London, England, in 2015.