Wednesday, July 19, 2017

river bank
the saint chants
lifting the sun

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baby talk
I silently watch
blooming buds

The 9th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest, 2017 (Judges: Takehisa Iijima Joe Maricoji, Noboru Oba,  Lisa Somers and Shuichiro Soma

http://samidare.jp/basho/box/e-haiku9e%20pdf.pdf


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Below
the lamp--
total eclipse

The Mainichi News, 14.7.2017, Selected by Isamu Hashimoto

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170621/p2g/00m/0fe/085000c


Friday, June 30, 2017

paper boat
the old man unfolds
his memories


Otata 19, July 2017 (Ed. John Martone)
https://otatablog.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/otata-19-july-20172.pdf

Saturday, June 17, 2017

circles of ripples
the beauty of life born
in the center

Asahi Shimbun, 16.6.2017 (Ed. David McMurray)

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706160009.html

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Poetry Corner: Making an Impression

POETRY CORNER
– 5/11/16
Pat Geyer
I strolled through an Autumn festival. Played games. Went on rides. Ate caramel corn. Drank cider.
Giddy from hard cider when a dragonfly landed on my arm. This never happened before. I wanted to savor the moment. Went to the tattoo tent.

dragonfly
once pulsing life…
transformation
on my forearm
inked in stillness

Pat Geyer says “As residents of East Brunswick, N.J. each year we’re lucky enough to attend the Middlesex County Fair. Always lots to do. Lots to see. One year in particular, a dragonfly was following us around the grounds. We all stopped, it landed on me. A few steps later we came across the tattoo tent. I was thrilled to have a dragonfly, my totem, inked to my forearm!”
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Briony James
my stained glass skin
glowing with the rainbow
emptied
a sudden blank page
nightmare

Briony James says “My tanka is based on a real repeated experience I’ve had over the past 20 years. Making an impression I knew that my tattoos were always an integral part of me: I never got one lightly or without thought. But my subconscious made sure I knew it soon after I started my back piece. I dreamed I woke up and got out of bed as usual, went into the bathroom and looked at myself in the mirror and saw, to my horror, that all of my tattoos had disappeared. I felt utterly naked and bereft; worse, I felt as though a major part of myself had been torn “away somehow.”
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Pravat Kumar Padhy

the poet scripts
her well-lit voyage
ripples of love
the darkness paints
gently on the silken edges

Pravat Kumar Padhy‘s tanka highlights the power of a poem to impress itself on our minds, the page and the world. Pravat is a poet-laureate in Bhubaneswar, India His short form of Japanese poems have appeared in many international journals.
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Stevie Strang

In Stevie Strang‘s haiga (image and haiku) her heavy house impresses itself, by reflection, into the weightlessness of the bubble. Stevie makes her home in Laguna Niguel, CA.
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 We welcome and encourage your response especially in the form of short poems. You may reply by leaving a comment below. The Poetry Corner is hosted by Kathabela Wilson.
http://arabicchristmas.com/headlines/poetry-corner-1/

5.11.2016

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

the waves
in a harmonious tone
at Rock Memorial 
the confluence echoes
the melody  of deep silence

Muse India, Issue 73, May-June 2017


Note: Three seas, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, merge near Kanyakumari, the southernmost part of the mainland India. At the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, off-coast of Kanyakumari, Sri Vivekananda exemplified the spiritual attainment

http://www.museindia.com/featurecontent.asp?issid=65&id=6371

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


old books
the scribble-notes
of my grandfather

Haiku Universe, 13.6.2017 (Ed. Rick Lupert)

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