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Amulet . . . an old Sioux prayer circles his son’s neck

--Eufemia Griffo (Settimo Milanese, Italy)

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Midas touch . ..

the goldsmith’s child

falls asleep

--Mohammad Azim Khan (Peshawar, Pakistan)

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desert moon

the nape of her neck

shines with gold

--Andy McLellan (Canterbury, UK)

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desert storm--

tender moon light on

newborn camel

--Pravat Kumar Padhy (Bhubaneswar, India)

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Sahara heat

running camel fills the air

with dust of gold

--Adjei Agyei-Baah (Kumasi, Ghana)

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kimono flowers

on the bone amber skin

of history

--Patrick Sweeney (Misawa, Aomori)

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summer in Texas--

statue in the park

also bronze

--Melanie Vance (Dallas, Texas)

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cloudless summer day

my walk from the cleaners

with white shirt

--Lenard D. Moore (Jacksonville, North Carolina)

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an old farmhouse

wears its necklace

drying persimmons

--Marietta McGregor (Canberra, Australia)

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the smell of the jasmine replaces

the solar amber

--Marie Jeanne Sakhinis-De Meis (Avignon, France)

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kintsugi-- how I imagine broken hearts

--Mercy Ikuri (Narok, Kenya)

The haikuist tries her hand at golden joinery, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by applying lacquer dusted with powdered gold. Brushing off a long-forgotten statue in a darkened upstairs loft in Itta Bena, Mississippi, John Zheng experiences a moment of epiphany. Satoru Kanematsu hangs a Synthetist style print of a Tahitian by a French painter and ceramist at the turn of the 19th century.

in the attic

a dusty Buddha

silent autumn

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Face to face

with Gauguin’s brown girl

hot autumn

Today’s column investigates the relationship of the haikuist to her landscape, music, color and composition. Puja Malushte celebrates a Hindu festival in Mumbai known as the festival of colors that reveals her ability to interpret music as color.

sudden showers

of his haiku

--colours of holi

Malintha Perera eyes blue in Colombo, Sri Lanka. An ancestor of Marie Jeanne Sakhinis-de Meis in Avignon, France, may well have been named Azurine. Living on the Cote d’Azur, “grandmother had eyes as blue as the azure sky, yet her big beautiful eyes had shrunk with age.”

pagoda city

in each basin

the bluest sky

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Truly blue sky--

grandmother’s eyes


Murasaki Sagano wears a brilliant lavender colored sapphire that her father bought 60 years ago in India and has since evolved into a spiritual stone similar to a rosary or amulet.

Mother’s ring

warm on my finger

worn-out gold

Milanese poet Eufemia Griffo plays an ancient terracotta wind instrument. Egg-like in shape with a mouthpiece and finger holes, ocarina performances by Japanese musicians are popular overseas. Serbian poet Tatjana Debeljacki imagines an azure dragon, the guardian spirit of Kyoto, stretching up from its egg. A gentle kiss awakens 11-year-old Tessa Turner’s view of nature near Sollar’s Elementary School in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture. “Aha!” whispers Kiyoshi Fukuzawa in Tokyo.

ocarina. ..

the same sound

of a summer wind

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dragon at the east spreads

feeble wings

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Clover touched

by the butterfly’s

soft wings

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Summer weeding--

lizard’s frozen tail


“Ahh…” was all Isao Soematsu could muster while viewing treasure in Italy. Lynn Graham senses water birds swimming in shimmering moonlight on Maple Lake, Ontario.

Mysterious sunset--

Adriatic Sea turns


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Sleeping soundly

Behind rice paper doors

Loons call

Writing from Switzerland, Helga Stania uses a Portuguese term meaning a glazed and polished stone or ceramic tile. Often blue in color, the original idea of the Moors who made this decorative construction material was to imitate Roman mosaics.

just married--

the micro cracks

of the azulejos

Twelve-year-old Ian Anderson interned at a metalworking shop in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture. Priscilla Lignori said her son’s fall from a ladder during the summer required a partial shoulder replacement in Montgomery, New York.

in the rain

blacksmiths pound

the last spark

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A fractured shoulder

a hospital stay--and gold

of the sunflowers

Aju Mukhopadhyay looks at America today from Kolkata, India. Haikuist pamela a. babusci meditates in Rochester, New York. “As if to say goodbye,” a cicada held tight to Yutaka Kitajima’s backdoor screen in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture.

bronze statue of the past

looks at onlookers--


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covered in moss

covered in silence

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Moss-grown grave

a pessimist lies


Elisa Allo grabbed for a delicious fruit popularly known as Anjeer. Hindu women religiously flock to a tree cultivated for thousands of years to receive its blessings for a long and happy married life. She later awoke in a dream.

thorn in my palm--

ripe figs of India

swing in the sun

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in the desert at dawn

hand in hand

Pravat Kumar Padhy observes time-honored traditions in Bhubaneswar, India. Gordana Vlasic recounts a parable in Oroslavje, Croatia.

old ornaments--

the newly wed links

to the family

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golden apple

and a scepter--a king chained

to power

Madhuri Pillai holds on to a link in Melbourne, Australia. Marta Chocilowska contemplates a link she got in Warsaw, Poland. Kitajima offers a bouquet.

Adopted . ..

the last link

to her jigsaw puzzle

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end of summer . ..

in the pocket a seashell

and phone number

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with an armful of

cut flowers


The Sept. 29 issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network shines with gold. Readers are welcome to send haiku about precious moments on a postcard to David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or e-mail to (

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David McMurray has been writing the Asahi Haikuist Network column since April 1995, first for the Asahi Evening News. He is on the editorial board of the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, columnist for the Haiku International Association, and is editor of Teaching Assistance, a column featuring graduate students in The Language Teacher of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT).

McMurray is professor of intercultural studies at The International University of Kagoshima where he lectures on international haiku. At the Graduate School he supervises students who research haiku. He is a correspondent school teacher of Haiku in English for the Asahi Culture Center in Tokyo.

McMurray judges haiku contests organized by Ito En Oi Ocha, Asahi Culture Center, Matsuyama City, Polish Haiku Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seinan Jo Gakuin University, and Only One Tree.

McMurray's award-winning books include: "Only One Tree Haiku, Music & Metaphor" (2015); "Canada Project Collected Essays & Poems" Vols. 1 -- 8 (2013); and "Haiku in English as a Japanese Language" (2003).