Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Haiku for Late Autumn

autumn leaves
a puddle mosaic

my tangerine
and his cigar
overlapping voices

December morning
wild turkeys strut
across the yard

Bottle Rockets
Kukai for Autumn
Stylus Poetry Journal

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Failed Haiku

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tanka for autumn

apple picking
each year with children
now just we two
I gather the fruit
as I gathered memories

the brilliance of fall
coupled with shorter days
gives me pause
this certainty I accept,
yet I long to dally

a new month
the advance of autumn
proceedes quickly
morning frost on bare trees
and sweaters out of mothballs

Lyrical Passion Poetry, 11/2017
Tanka Anthology, 2015
Presence, winter 2015

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Familiar songs from a land not mine, yet linked by genes. Stories told. A time imagined. 

But for chance, I would have been a peasant like she was, living in scraggy hills, milking a goat, running over rocks in bare feet, so calloused they never bleed. There would be hungry days and starry nights with the wind for a companion. There would be fear and want and fleeting dreams waiting for my father to return. 

After the letter arrives there would be a bumpy ride in a patched-up cart to the train. 

With many a look back I would watch the dry, dusty land change into a crowded town with the smell of the sea where a ship waits in the harbor, belching smoke from its black stacks. 

I would travel in the stink of the ship’s lowest depths with days of anxiety, heat and cold, hunger and sleepless nights, to reach another shore where life would begin again. 

a soft spring day
the family comes together
for a funeral 

Contemporary Haibun Online

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Haiga for Halloween


Daily Haiga

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Haiku for Autumn

old tree stump
the same woodpecker
whittling it down

tree gazing
the brightest shades of red
on poison ivy

non-stop rain
puddles connected
into a pond

World Haiku Review