Dark pebbles… (a tanka)



tanka moonbathing 16


Note: Published by poet and artist, Pamela L. Babusci, Moonbathing is a journal of women’s tanka.

Some colorful and ‘edible’ haiku

An online haiku journal I love is brass bell: a haiku journal. It is curated by Zee Zehava, herself an excellent haiku poet and teacher. This journal sends out a “theme” for the month’s submissions, and the results are always a delight to read. Recently I had several haiku appear under two different themes.

brass bell: a haiku journal, May 2017
Theme: Colorful Haiku



children now gone 
no red wagon 
to break the fog


flashes of azure wings
two bluebirds wake
the grey morning



brass bell: a haiku journal, April 2017
Theme: Edible Haiku


tasting a word
as I say it aloud —

the soft velvet
of apricots
against our lips


pierogi day —
pinching loose ends
of dough & memories




colored pencils

~ ~ ~

My thanks to Zee Zehava, curator of brass bell: a haiku journal. To read a full issue of this journal, please go to: http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com

Jasmine tea . . . (a tanka)

Skylark Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1


from slabs
of common clay
delicate cups
that hold the scent
of jasmine tea


Mary Kendall  (c) 2017


steamy tea


Tundra swans . . . (a tanka)

A new tanka just published in Skylark, Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1



whistling wings    
of Tundra swans
over the marshes
. . . what is this power
you hold over me


(c) 2017 Mary Kendall


gerald plowman photo

Tundra Swans by Gerald Plowman

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.



slave burial ground
. . . only whispers
and unmarked graves



evening news –                                
the tragedies of life
our common thread



winter thaw –
finding a way back
from heated words



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



traffic jam   reversing my indecision




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: