Curtains billowing . . .

It’s a real honor to have three tanka and one haiku published in a favorite journal of mine, Blithe Spirit. My thanks to editor Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy for his support and encouragement.

Blithe Spirit, Volume 28, Number 1, Journal of the British Haiku Society, February Issue 2018



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


Lucie Veilleux aka 3dots

Milkweed Pods by Lucie Veilleux aka 3dots

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




Speechless . . . (a tanka)




the statue of David
stands so tall in the gallery,
I am speechless
in the Italian
I never learned



Published in Ekphrasis: The British Haiku Society Member’s Anthology, 2017



The statue of David by Michelangelo is in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy. It was sculpted between 1501 and 1504.

Paper and dolls…(tanka)


Two tanka of mine appeared in the last issue of Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America.


Ribbons, Fall 2017: Volume 13, Number 3


still collecting dolls
into her old age
a special name for each –
and one story
she refused to tell


Tanka Café, Fall 2017: theme was “paper”


a book propped
by the pillow on my knees,
page after page
I ease into someone
else’s life



A child’s grave … (Tanka Art)

a child's grave


Also appearing in Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2017 is this piece of Tanka Art. The photograph was taken by me in the cemetery of Holy Trinity Church (where William Shakespeare is buried) in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK in 2015.


Moral Monday (a tanka)


This tanka was published in Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2017:


The following tanka is dedicated to the courageous people who participated in the “Moral Mondays” in my home state of North Carolina. They risked arrest for gathering at the State Legislature to protest unfair and discriminatory legislation being passed. These protests were non-violent and led by the Reverend William J. Barber.


Moral Monday –
arm and arm linked
you choose to step
into the darkness
to find the light