Monday, January 8, 2018

ancestor’s home
visiting after a long spell of time
in stillness
the spiders and the prey
rewind the time of past and present

Special Features, ATPO: 25 Arthropod Tanka and Kyoka (Ed. Grunge)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, Vol 3, Issue 25, 2018
long night
the grass grows
with ease

Pravat Kumar Padhy
Comments by Michael Rehling:

So simple, and so profound. If the humans stay off the grass, then it grows on its own and 'with ease'. The sunlight strains the grass, and humans pound it down, but in the cool night we have the perfect environment. Grass like humans need quiet spaces to grow effectively. Simple observations of nature might be thought to be a haiku and not a senryu, but the poet speaks of 'ease' and that brought this one to me personally. Nature has no idea such as easy and hard. If we can just accept the moments of our lives we can grow 'with ease' as well. It is the absence of humans in this one that puts them into the picture for me.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

global festival
everyone celebrates
the Happy New Year

Asahi Shimbun,5.1.2018 (Ed. David McMurray)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

the prisoners wake up                               
with holiness

the sound of silence into Shinto shrines

Akitsu Quarterly, Winter Issue, 2017 (Eds: Robin White, Evelyn Lang)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

coalfield fire--
the winter morning
thickens its colour
Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Vol. 1:1, Fall-Winter 2017 (Ed. Bruce Ross)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

obituary column messaging silence into the sky

coins our ancestors exchanged a great length of time

Under the Basho, 2017 (Ed.Johannes S. H. Bjerg)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

foreign tour
the monument speaks
through the guide

moving closer
to the old pipal tree--
I talk to myself

Otata 23, November (Ed. John Martone)