Some Published Poems…





This new part of my blog will now list poems and places in which my work has been published since I began this blog (late July 2014). To make this readable, I will post newest poems at the TOP of this page. Since this is a personal poetry blog, I will simply list the name of the journal. There will be a link to a blog page if the poem is already on my blog. If not, then I will post the poem in this section. Let’s hope this works. Your comments are always welcome. I love hearing responses from readers. It’s wonderful knowing people read my work.

(in reverse chronological order) 



Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 16, April 2017




Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 16, April 2017


balancing dreams
and more dreams


traffic jam   reversing my indecision



Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga
Issue 21, March 2017


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




Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga
Issue 21, March 2017



Skylark, Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1



A responsive tanka sequence with Mary Kendall (USA) and David Terelinck (AUS) 


Between the Lines


the conversation
turned so quickly
that morning in Paris . . .
your disapproval palpable
as you walked away


despite phrasebooks,
maps and interpreters
how often
we still lose our way
to understanding . . .


you sketch
a stranger’s likeness
with such ease –
how I hoped you could learn
to read between the lines


days spent
rehearsing a response –
why do those
who direct my life
now want to write the script


your practised words
sound right, but feel so wrong . . .
sifting through
shattered pots and ashes
left in an empty kiln    


dementia steals
my name from her lips –
visiting hours,
relatives complete
the latest jigsaw


piecing together
from rumour and gossip
her final days –
I snake through minutiae
to make some sense


they contest
the unsigned will
. . . promises
we make to each other
but don’t intend to keep


© 2016 Mary Kendall & David Terelinck


Two tanka were also published in  Skylark, Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1


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



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




A haiga, dedicated to poet Joy McCall was also published in Skylark, Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1




Three “edible” haiku were published in brass bell: a haiku journalApril 2017

This month’s theme was 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




Gusts, no. 25, Contemporary Tanka, Spring/Summer 2017


watching clouds
begin to drift
from your soft sable brushes –
you make the sky bluer
than blue, not grey



the shivery silk
of your words
slips around me –
the first line of us
now written



all that time waiting
to hear from you
I ascend the stairway
of a deserted station,
pale Freesias in hand




Ribbons, Winter 2017: Volume 13, Number 1
Journal of the Tanka Society of America
Edited by David Rice


your glazing brush
caresses the curved lip
of the bowl –
how you once touched me





Wild Plum, a haiku journal, 3:1 Spring & Summer 2017,
Edited by Gabriel Sawicki


the taste of zinfandel
on your lips


the new year’s moon
lights the way




One haiga in Wild Plum, a haiku journal,
3:1 Spring & Summer 2017

Haiga Editor: Maria Tomczak






Brass Bell, March 2017   Theme: Poems by Women
Curated by Zee Zehava


scent of mock orange—
all the years spent
doubting myself




The Heron’s Nest, Winter 2017 (editors’ choice)


Queen Anne’s lace –
a childhood spent
in second-hand clothes




Blithe Spirit: February 2017
Journal of the British Haiku Society, edited by Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy



bitter wind
stage 3 shifts
to stage 4


winter night coyotes speak in frost


deep blue ink
from the fountain pen
you left me
. . . a story adrift
in a river of words


pulling a thread
from the hem
my sweater unravels . . .
dreaming of an aubade
you never wrote for me


whistles an old tune
in the graveyard –
so many faded flowers
tossed in the bin




Wild Voices, An Anthology of Short Poetry & Art by Women
February 2017, edited by Caroline Skanne


danger hidden
in such beauty


the softness
of a raspberry
on my tongue…
I remember our long
first kiss


a softness of spring
flecked with apple blossoms ~
the morning you died
darkness swept in
lost and wild


wild honeysuckle
heady and sweet—
your hold
on me
just as strong







Redlights, Winter 2017
Edited by Marilyn Hazelton


Orion stands watch
on winter nights …
for so long I tried
to find my way
in darkness


of old books
. . . all the memories
I wish could be




Brass Bell: January 2017  

Theme: Things That Make you Happy
Curated by Zee Zehava


snowbound —
a brand new novel
page one



first snow —
a cheeky chickadee
breaks the peace





Full of Moonlight,
Haiku Society of America (HSA) Members’ Anthology 2016


middle of the night …
a train whistle
sings the blues


~ First published in Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, April 2016




Issue 15   Fall/Winter 2016
Edited by Pamela J. Babusci


a flash of gold
at the pond’s edge
. . . just like that
you disappeared
without a word





Several poems were published in CATTAILS, September 2016 (the issue was actually published in December 2016)


Two senryu:



long yawns …
breathing in
his boredom



zafu zabuton zazen      zzzzz



Two haiku:




first blossoms –
I tell myself this year
will be different




daybreak …
the birds wake us
song by song



One tanka:


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



And one piece of Tankart:

~ Tanka by Mary Kendall ~ Photo ~ public domain

~ Tanka by Mary Kendall ~ Photo ~ public domain




Published in Ripples in the Sand, the 2016 Members Anthology of the Tanka Society of America (TSA). Edited by Susan Constable and Jenny Ward Angyal









Published in Gnarled Oak, Issue 10: Dark Water, November 2016:






Published in Under the Basho, 2016
Modern Haiku category:


hospice –
rubbing lotion
into her still hands



bitten nails . . . 
holding the pain
in her hands



worry beads –
one by one I parse
your silence


nightshade –
the smoothness
of an aubergine



lonely night –
even the moon
looks around



darkening forest –
a wood thrush
begins to sing


chance of a lifetime –
my finger in front
of the lens


unable to swallow
childhood memories
rise up


Published in Under the Basho, 2016
One Line haiku category:


lone tricycle blue in the whirlwind of leaves



burnt butter that morning in Provence



Published in Under the Basho, 2016
Poets’ Personal Best:


hospice . . .
a glimpse of moonlight
on the bed


First published in The Heron’s Nest, Volume XVIII, Number 2: June 2016



Responsive tanka sequence between David Terelinck (AUS) & Mary Kendall (USA)

[Note: David’s verses are in regular font and mine are in italics.]


When the Light Departs


this alloy
of clouds & winter light –
it’s not what you said
but how you looked
as you said it . . .


still unable
to explain why the world
seems darker now . . .
all the frozen buds
on the camellia bush 


days and days
of endless rain that swells
the window sills –
only two weeks left
in her first trimester


a sudden
knowing of what
may never be . . .
the silence of snowdrops
pooling on the lawn 


not the way
she expected to wear
all white . . .
the greying of her thoughts
following sedation


winter storm,
a young dove lost
in a sea of mist
. . . my empty arms
grow heavy


she spends the morning
filling freshly turned beds
with crocus bulbs –
what else can a woman
of a certain age do?


when the light
departs, I put down
my paintbrush . . .
this world of colour
between earth and sky 



© 2016 David Terelinck & Mary Kendall

Published in Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, Winter 2016






In Skylark, a Tanka Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, Winter 2016

Edited by Claire Everett:





Four senryu were published in Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga, Issue 20, November 2016:




Three senryu were published in Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Volume 1, Issue 11, November 2016:





This haiga was published in Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, Volume 1, Issue 11, November 2016.





This haiga was published in Prune Juice: A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga, Issue 20, November 16.






A haiga of mine was selected as an “Honorable Mention, Mixed Media** Category” in the Jane Reichhold Haiga Contest sponsored by two senryu journals:

Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu Volume 1, Issue 11, edited by Michael Rehling and Prune Juice – A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga, Issue 20, November 2016, edited by Steve Hodge

The Judges of the contest were: Kris Kondo, Ron C. Moss, Michele Root-Bernstein


With the sparest of words and imagery, this haiga lays bare the essence of life in the face of death. If the poem skirts the uncertain boundary between haiku and senryu, just as certainly the picture skirts the shadowlands of mortality, its single image illuminating the darkness with a pulsating light. So well integrated are text and image that the associative leap between the two has the power of metaphor: the shaved skull is the incubating egg, never mind the incongruity. Avoiding the maudlin and the sentimental, this haiga speaks simply, honestly, of the beauty to be found in the ordinary, ordinarily hidden from view.




This competition was in honor of the late Jane Reichhold who was such a brilliant poet, teacher, editor and mentor to so many who write haiku, senryu, tanka and other small form poems. I never had the honor of meeting her, but her main book on haiku has been a bible for me and so many others.

**Mixed Media, which can be any combination of traditional and photographic, or computer generated images and text.



Published in Brass Bell, November 2016:


moon flowers –
my son shows me
how they unfurl



Miriam’s Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond, November 1, 2016


who am I
to judge you
without knowing
why you built
your fence?



words grow muted
and hearing diminished –
I begin to tiptoe
along the lonely curve
of inner silence


The last tanka first appeared in Ekphrastic, a Journal of Writing and Art about Art and Writing, 9/2/16


Published in Presence #56, October 2016:


picking ripe figs
before dusk is gone . . .
tittering swifts



a lifetime habit
of picking up a feather
or smooth stone –
this desire to hold on
to all that was


Brass Bell, September 2016:  Kitchen Haiku


snow squall …
dancing in the kitchen
to stay warm



Three tanka were published in GUSTS, NO. 24, Contemporary Tanka, Fall/Winter 2016  (Tanka Canada)



this shimmer of light
in Chopin’s etudes . . .
a sliver
of silvered dreams
adrift in the night sky



we stroll along
the ancient walls of York
noticing chinks and hollows –
what looks impervious
can be so vulnerable



smiles from strangers
amidst the ragged flow
of city streets –
stitching small holes
in the human heart



Two haiku were published in Wild Plum, a haiku journal, 2:2 Fall & Winter 2016:



crescent moon –
the smile in your eyes
I no longer see





first hard frost—
even the crow’s raucous cawing
is white





Published in Ribbons (Journal of the Tanka Society of America), Spring/Summer 2016, Volume 12, Number 2 (page 37):


rise to the surface
in a newly plowed field…
old memories
can be unexpected, too




Published in the Tanka Café, Ribbons (Journal of the Tanka Society of America), Spring/Summer 2016, Volume 12, Number 2 (page 24):


I want to sing
the songs of bluebells,
larkspur, lilac and
hawthorn –
breath of first light





In Frameless Sky 4, (Summer 2016), several of my tanka and haiku were set to beautiful photographs of photographer/poet, Irena Iris Szewczyk.















and others were published without photographs:















Moonbathing, a Journal of Women’s Tanka, Issue 14, June 2016


A tanka appeared in Issue 14:


all the blame
in those last words—
burning embers
I want
to smother




A Hundred Gourds 5:3 June 2016


Two tanka were published in the final edition of A Hundred Gourds




you departed
even before you arrived…
that morning long ago
when my womb
grew still




this inner fire
nearly burnt to ash –
come closer,
make that flame
rage wildly again




The Heron’s Nest, Volume XVIII, Number 2: June 2016


A haiku was published:


a glimpse of moonlight
on the bed




cattails, collected works of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, May 2016


Two senryu were published:



cemetery nearby –
running a limited special

(*Buy one, get one free)



garden thief …
squirreling away
my ripe tomatoes




Two Haiga were published:


morning breeze …
the scent of lilac
on my tongue


Lilac haiga



poet’s walk …
with each step
a new turning


poet's walk




Bamboo Hut, May 2016


unexpected fog…
the grazing horses



the curve
of moon shadow—
life passes, too



you whisper
he has cancer…
stirring milk into tea



left alone
even a broken bough
will mend



scaling fish my mother a silvered mermaid



last to leave,
the clinic door closes
behind us—
still waiting
for an answer



too many dreams
cloud the sky at times…
pulling laundry
off the line
peg by peg



deeper than the sound
of water…
a sudden whoosh
of a swooping owl




Brass Bell, May 2016


bell flowers—
silence deep




Skylark 7, Spring 2016



small bluebirds rest
on a shiver of branches—
this unending cold
a study of light
and muted color




The Ekphrastic Journal: writing and art on art and writing, April 21, 2016

My poem, “Sunday Morning” was published. This poem is on my blog.

Direct link to my blog:




GUSTS, NO. 23, Contemporary Tanka, Spring/Summer 2016 (Tanka Canada)

These three tanka appear on my blog in separate postings.




spilling your ashes
in the verdant woodlands
I am startled
by the paleness
of your bones




listening to
the Missa Solemnis,
I try to imagine
orphic silence




her swollen belly
so gently…
busy traffic
singing a lullaby





Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, edited by Michael Rehling, April 2016


In this issue were two senryu and one haiga of mine:


morning fog—
I pour one more
cup of coffee



audiology exam—
the receptionist speaks
so softly



Train Whistle Haiga (on blog)


middle of the nights—
a train whistle
sings the blues


train whistle haiga





In the April 2016 issue of Brass Bell, curated by Zee Zahava, This issue was focused on one-line haiku. I’m happy to have had a one-line haiku published in this issue:


sudden fog I forget where I’ve been



Daily Haiga on March 23, 2016


fall’s footprints —
the glint
of silk strands

Fall's Footprints



On March 11, 2016, I had a poem published at a favorite online journal of mine: Ekphrastic: Writing and Art on Art and Writing:

The poem is Beauty in Broken Pieces and was originally posted on my blog.


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One of my haiku was a runner up in the Golden Triangle Haiku Competition. It, along with 90 others, were posted in the central area of Washington D.C. in flower beds and public places. Unfortunately, the Golden Triangle Haiku group opted not to put a poet’s name with his/her poem. I and many others feel this was wrong since a poet or any writer should get full attribution for a published piece.


This one is mine:


the weeping willow
touches water—
a memory surfaces


Several people photographed the haiku for those of us not lucky enough to be in Washington D.C. during this time. Some photos of my haiku:




golden haiku my poem 2


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I had three photo haiga published in the March issue of Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu, Volume 1, Issue 3, edited by Michael Rehling


I talk to the birds haiga


Kendall migraine 2 haiga


daydreamer 1


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I had two senryu published in the March, 2016, issue 18 of Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga, edited by Steve Hodge. It’s a real honor to be published in this excellent  journal.


Two senryu:



scalp stapled shut—
your laughter as you
try on bright new hats




your tumor growing   we worry about the snow




I talk
to the birds


I talk to the birds haiga


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Two tanka and one haiku were published in A Hundred Gourds 5:2 March 2016



page 10:


field mouse…
a stalk of wheat
becomes a feast


page 5:


the bleakness
of dusk speaks to me—
how can an hour
be lonelier
than me?



page 3:


the cat turns away
from snow’s endless flurry—
my mind too
a blinding white





In the Tanka Café, RIBBONS: Journal of the American Tanka Society, Winter 2016: Volume 12, Number 1:


our train speeding
from Rome to
Venice …
I imagine picking
dark Morello cherries


In RIBBONS: Journal of the American Tanka Society, Winter 2016: Volume 12, Number 1, my very first tanka sequence was published thanks to editor, David Rice.


Without Light  


since his death
your life on hold…
acorn caps
under trees



your gray ashes
in the winter woods—
an unexpected gust
our last embrace



baring all
to understand
what lies hidden…
without light
what is shadow?








page 5:

A haiku was published in The Heron’s Nest, page 11:


winter night—
the curl of woodsmoke
takes flight



Wild Plum – a haiku journal, edited by Gabriel Sawicki. This is volume 2, issue 1.

A feature I love is that the new isssue downloads as a pdf file to enjoy now as well as later:


I have two pieces included in this issue:

The first is a haiku on page 45:

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and the second is a photo haiga:


Winter light 2 Haiga




I have a new poem up on Silver Birch Press (January 28, 2016) as part of their “Same Name” Series of Poems.  My “same name” person is young Mary Lennox, the main character in A Secret Garden, my favorite book as a little girl.

Link to the original posting:



hedgerow, a journal of small poems, #65, one of my haiga was published:


Matryoshka doll haiga Kendall




Hedgerow, a journal of small poems, #61: three haiku were published on January 22, 2016


old nest box…
a flurry of blue birds
before the snow


roasted chestnuts–
how could I forget

your laughter?


my dog leaps
into still night water
to fetch the moon


Here is the link to the journal:



I was thrilled to have a Charlotte’s Story: Haiku for Wilbur published by Silver Birch Press as part of their ME, IN FICTION Poetry and Prose Series on January 10, 2016:

Link to publication page:

This is on my blog.




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Come visit Miriams’ Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond.


I contributed a tanka about this beautiful glass fish work of art. Isnt it a gorgeous piece of glass art?


My tanka:

circling around
like the old year
upon the new…
a golden splash
of sunset

Mary Kendall

Link to the original:





Daily Haiga:

Seasonal Haiga (December 23, 2015)

Kendall Holiday Junco 1

Link to publication:

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I was very lucky to have Charlotte DiGregorio select one of my haiku to appear in Daily Haiku:


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Daily Haiga

Quiet Sky Haiga (December 18, 2015)

Published on Daily Haiga


Link to publication:


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Frameless Sky: this is an interactive journal available by subscription only. It was released in December 2015. I have two selections included, one haiku and one tanka.


sandi pray 24


first hard frost

only silence

this morning

(Picture #24 by by artist, Sandi Pray)


Tanka   (December 2015)


his faded photo

torn at one edge,

lost to the world –

a mother’s womb

never forgets …




Moonbathing, Issue 13   (Autumn/Winter 2015)


like pale ghosts                                 

in the woods

beech leaves linger—

I’ve walked this path

more than once




Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge: Kamakura Beach, 1333 (artist’s choice selection) November 20, 2015

This appears on my blog. I’m very proud that this poem was selected by the artist as her choice for this competition.



Ribbons, Tanka Society of America Member’s Anthology 2015:


when he grew old

he returned to his youth

dodging the bullets

of wars that

ended long ago



“Swallows: Three Haiku”

Ekphrasic: writing and art on art and writing November 17, 2015

This appears on my blog.


Swallows: Three Haiku


frail beauty—

scissoring the sky

on indigo wings



hope…soaring on wingless winds



taking leave—

gathering courage

as you fly


 dot dot dot



Daily Haiga: Old Leaf haiga published on November 16, 2015

Link to publication:

 Old Leaf




Gnarled Oak   My Mother’s Voice (Gnarled Oak, Issue 5: The Globe in My Pocket, November 16, 2015)

My Mother's Voice





Hedgerow #55, November 13, 2015:

Haiga: meditation 

Meditation Haiga (glass table)

haiku and photograph by Mary Kendall





“After Forty Years” was published on November 13, 2015 in Hedgerow #55



you take my hand

when we walk together…

the last leaves





a single glance

from your grey eyes


my world—

the earthquake of you



cattails, Fall 2015





your small image

in a puddle




cattails, Fall 2015 (Haiga, “Sun Dreams”)


The Sun Dreams

haiku by mary kendall and photograph by ken ronkowitz



Stone Coppice by Andy Goldsworthy

 Stone Coppice by Andy Goldsworthy

My poem, “The Coppiced Woods” was a finalist in the Jupiter Artland, “Inspired to Write” Competition in Edinburgh, Scotland. This was an Ekphrastic Challenge. I chose to write my poem about Andy Goldsworthy’s work, “Stone Coppice,” which is on the grounds of Jupiter Artland. I’m very pleased this poem was a finalist and will be read on January 26th at a gathering of finalists on the premises. Sadly, I can’t be there to read it, but someone else will.


The Coppiced Woods


the trees wait


for years

they wait & wait


one day

he comes,

bringing gifts—

for them to hold


with limbs


abruptly aside

he wedges stones


into the open hands

of tree trunks,

and they are now



rendered open,

clasping basalt


in their palms,


at first so heavy

the heartwood sighs

under the weight

of ancient stones,


but being wood,

submits and grows

around, eventually

embracing the stones


and if one night

a storm might strike,

severing a coppiced limb,

releasing the stone,


only then will it happen

that the day

they waited for

all those years ago


has come,

and they are now


once more




Vertigo haiga:

Prune Juice, a Journal of Senryu, Kyoka and Haiga Issue 17, November 2015

Vertigo new




Ribbons, Fall 2015, Volume 11, Number 3  


First tanka is on page 30:



it begins with a slight fissure

hidden inside…

still I wonder

why it had to end


Second tanka is on  page 21 (in the Tanka Café):


fresh water

cleansing, nourishing—

letting the earth

grow green

once more


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Whirlwind Review #9: Drifting Along

This poem is on my blog.

Link to publication:




The Poet’s Corner: Disappointment (Tanka)

Published: September 23, 2015 in the Poetry Corner of Colorado

Link to publication:


closing my eyes

and shutting out the world


of things

that might have been


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Almost Surrendered: On Being and Nothingness” ~ An Ekphrastic Poem

Published:  September 13, 2015 in Ekphrastic: writing and art on art and writing

This poem appears on my blog.

Link to publication:






“Drifting Along”

Published September 13, 2015 in Whirlwind Review #9: Drifting Along 

Link to publication:

This poem appears on my blog.


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 “Ripe Apricot” (Haiga) in “Behind the Tree Line”, the first anthology of Wild Plum journal, page 54. Published in Fall 2015.

apricot haiga


Link to publication:

Behind the Tree Line – Haiku Anthology (pdf)


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“Transformation and the Ineluctable Signs of Aging,” a prose poem.

Published on August 28, 2015 in (My Meta-Morphosis Series) by Silver Birch Press

Link to publication:

This poem appears on my blog.



Small poem, “No more than four…”

Published on August 15, 2015 in hedgerow #42



no more than four, the girl half-skips,

half-dances down the store aisle


her tiny feet spring up and down

in perfect time to the fairylike tune


she sings, the words grow softer,

soft, now a whisper as I pass by



Book Review:

A wonderful review of my chapbook, Erasing the Doubt, appears in Hedgerow #36

Published onJuly 4, 2015:  chapbook review by Caroline Skanne

Link to publication: (scroll down to the first review, which is of my chapbook)




“A Girl Who Wished for an Elegant ‘e’,” Published: July 3, 2015 in (All About My Name Poetry Series), Silver Birch Press

This poem appears on my blog.

Link to publication:





cattails, Summer 2015




petals fall—

we gather rosehips thinking

only of tea



cattails, Summer 2015

Haiga (fiddlehead):

haiga fiddlehead




Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America, Spring/Summer–2015


First tanka in Ribbons:


what I thought was a bird

flew past

casting no shadow—

I wonder

if you are near


Second tanka in Ribbons, Tanka Café


lost in the pages

of a book my mother loved —

a sly narrator

speaks volumes of truth

while skirting the end




hedgerow #27, May 1, 2015

Haiga, “Petals Drop”


Petals Drop Haiga





“Sounds of Summer Evenings” by Mary Kendall (Where I Live Poetry & Photography Series), Silver Birch Press. Published on March 16, 2015.

This poem appears on my blog.



“Meadow Song” 


On 3 March 2015, Dagda Publishing Company, a publisher of poetry and literature based in Nottingham, UK, featured this poem in their blog. It was a real honor to have had my poem chosen by this excellent publisher. This is what they had to say about the poem:

Today’s featured poem, and the first one in March, is this one from Mary Kendall. Inspired by a trip to Scotland, this piece has a naturalistic theme to it, and we feel is just perfect for this time of year, as we start to escape the cold and dark of winter and crawl toward summer and longer days. Musing upon the sounds of nature and imagining a song being sung by the choir of trees, flowers and the meadow itself, this piece has a touch of magical realism to it, of there being something fantastical just behind the ordinary and everyday. A poem full of the wonder of nature and the sense of being away from the familiarity of one’s normal life, we hope you enjoy this poem by Mary Kendall.


Note: This poem appears on my blog.




Ribbons, Tanka Café, Winter Issue 2015


winter light

shadows linger low

behind us—

dark-eyed juncos

scurry past our feet




hedgerow #16  February 13, 2015, a haiku



curls of steam

a pot of ginger tea

fragrant this night








“The Broken Promise” (Mythic Poetry Series, Silver Birch Press) Published November 25, 2014.

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“Icarus I” (Mythic Poetry Series, Silver Birch Press) Published October 10, 2014

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My blog began the last week of July in 2014. Poems published since that date are listed above.