Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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facing their shadows southbound birds

--Eva Limbach (Saarbrucken, Germany)

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tied with a ribbon

precious moments

--Terrie Jacks (Ballwin, Missouri)

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Engagement ring--

her voiceless answer

in the eyes

--Marek Kozubek (Bangkok, Thailand)

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Fresh morning

haiku TV show

on the air

--Satoru Kanematsu (Nagoya)

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avenues of hate

free speech

ends in violence

--pamela a. babusci (Rochester, New York)

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Traveling the same

road I always travel on--

lengthening shadows

--Priscilla Lignori (Montgomery, New York)

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Crossvine trumpets

litter the path--

signs of night rain

--Kendall Dunkelberg (Columbus, Mississippi)

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closed windows--

in the rain the lamp-posts

sentinels of the night

--Lucia Cardillo (Rodi Garganico, Italy)

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sundial shadows

for as long as he lived

he’s gone

--Jennifer Roman (Millstone, New Jersey)

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for 20 years

the sign “Kimura Lake”

now a grassy field

--Jeanne Jorgensen (Edmonton, Alberta)

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cold and naked

in perils of water--

stumbling boatman

--R.K. Singh (Dhanbad, India)

The haikuist’s new collection, “God too awaits light,” published by Cholla Needles in California, was inspired by Second Corinthians 11:26, “In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen…” and the Acts 20:11, “In hunger and thirst--In cold and nakedness.” Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo watched someone disappear from sight in The Hague, Netherlands. He never returned.

beyond the window

lengthening shadows--

he doesn’t look back

John Hawkhead composed lots of haiku about shadows for his 106-page paperback, “Small Shadows” by Alba Publishing. Keep your eyes peeled for this one:

blossom drifting

into the dusk

lengthening shadows

Filipino poet Anthony Q. Rabang waved goodbye. Simone K. Busch senses a goodbye in Rheinbach, Germany. Angela Giordano holds on as long as she can in Avigliano, Italy. John J. Han watched a dark shape stretch as far as it could go in Manchester, Missouri. Coming in for a smooth landing at Kansai airport, Hidehito Yasui acknowledged: “Roger that.”

Farewell walk

the afterglow

on her evening gown

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morning chill

feels like a goodbye

buzzard’s call

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I’m right next to you

tightening your hands

last goodbye

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autumn sunset

lengthening shadows

reach the fog

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Control tower

shadow across the airstrip

sunset landing

All night long, Kanematsu turned the pages of “In the Bush” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927). Goran Gatalica watched old movies in Croatia. Neither haikuist could sleep. Lilia Racheva opens a book-marked page in Sofia, Bulgaria.


still deep in the bush

early dawn

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Alfred Hitchcock’s crows

at my window

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From a carnival,

pink ribbons

in an old diary

Jennifer Hambrick describes America’s Heartland as the home of the annual state fair “where livestock bidding and pie contests mix with the guilty pleasures of carnival treats and the thrills and spectacle of the midway.” It’s all about barbecues, according to Lenard D. Moore in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

state fair

skygliding into cotton candy


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corn on the grill--

summer day cooling

in this park

Writing from Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Brian McMurray observes how some Americans are voting with their feet. Mercy Ikuri wonders who to vote for this time. Kenyan presidential elections must be rerun following annulment of last summer’s results.

Thousands escape

Trump’s America

Dreams of Canada

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fool’s gold

the smiles the candidates

flash each other

In Slovenia, Tanja Trcek smiles ear to ear from her bathtub filled with happiness. Lucia Cardillo drifts contentedly to sleep in Rodi Garganico, Italy.


in a soap bubble

a rainbow

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summer night--

the curve of my breast

baby sleeps

Readers have until Nov. 30, to enter the Matsuyama Photo Haiku in English Contest supported by the Asahi Culture Center and The Asahi Shimbun. It’s free to enter online at this link:

The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears Oct. 20. Readers are welcome to send haiku about family 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).