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every walnut he cracks for me

--Lee Nash (Poitou-Charentes, France)

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varied tit cracking

snowball nuts

--Yutaka Kitajima (Joetsu, Niigata)

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another birch

uprooted by the gale

election day

--Maxianne Berger (Outremont, Quebec)

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young tree ...

in my hands humus

for new roots

--Lucia Cardillo (Rodi Garganico, Italy)

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A French carpenter

in a flourishing maple forest

our family tree

--Richard Jodoin (Montreal, Canada)

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family tree--

in the bare branches

a murder of crows

--Eva Limbach (Saarbrucken, Germany)

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brother’s overdose--

his boy neck deep

in the leaves

--Tony Burfield (Pinewood Springs, Colorado)

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autumn leaves waving--

red signals

in mosaics

--Yasuomi Koganei (Tokyo)

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the smell of school lunch--

apple cheeks

pop out

--Yoshiho Satake (Tokyo)

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Indian summer

young embarrassment

sways in the air

--Takako Nagai (Tokyo)




old olive tree

a place to rest

for generations

--Slobodan Pupovac (Zagreb, Croatia)

The haikuist takes a break from his busy lifestyle. Lucia Cardillo recalls when being hugged felt like the caress of a warm sea breeze scented by an orange grove in Rodi Garganico, Italy.

scent of orange--

sitting on grandma’s knees

fables in dialect

Junko Saeki recalls a precious moment that took place at “the end of my summer job and perhaps my summer love in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire.”

walking hand in hand

perhaps for the last time--

scarlet maple leaves

Angiola Inglese shells nuts in Pederobba, Italy. Leonardo da Vinci sketched with ink made from black walnut husks.

old walnut--

in the wake of the moon

green husk

Lilia Racheva is moved by prayer in Rousse, Bulgaria. Neha R. Krishna conjures a map of the mountains and temples in Nara. Satoru Kanematsu prays at Nittai-ji, a Thai temple built in Nagoya.


the chestnuts whisper

in the park

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mount mikasa

meditating in between

todai-ji and kofuku-ji

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Coral trees

a Thai prince planted

in full bloom

When the air heats up in cities, parks, and atop vegetation canopies, the shade offered by trees cools the forest floor. In this one line haiku, Rosemarie Schuldes reveals a secret high in the trees over Gross-Gerau, Germany: in the tree house--dead leaves & well-thumbed picture-book

Hidehito Yasui joins an annual migration to the Sakai City Minami Library.


full-house once a year

Culture Day

Melanie Vance visits from Dallas this week.

freedom breed

in the land of opportunity

bonsai plant

Robert Jobe knocks on wood in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture. Kanematsu watches it.

The hollow tree

I knock

against its scent

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Chilly night--

on the TV screen

burning wood

Lignori heeds a beckoning call. Terrie Jacks cherishes an autumn morning in Ballwin, Missouri.

A certain calling

draws me deep into the woods--

ancestor voices

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precious moment

the morning hoot

of an owl

Andy McLellan pines for his dad in Canterbury, U.K. Tony Burfield’s sister has a good understanding in Pinewood Springs, Colorado.

autumn birch

in the rugged bark

my father’s face

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wet grass--

nieces and nephews all

with my sister’s feet

Simon Hanson is amazed how time grows in Tamborine, Queensland. Goran Gatalica inhales deeply in Croatia. An old tree in Bulgaria reminds Lilia Racheva of her dad who passed away three years ago. Providing shade to a great age, fragrant lindens have massive trunks and broad-shouldered branches. Kathy Figueroa photographs a tree in Bancroft, Ontario. Isabelle Prondzynski recalls wrapping her arms around her father in Ireland.


the great pines, mere saplings

when mum was a girl

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family reunion--

the scent of pine trees

before nightfall

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paternal roof

linden aroma

in my memories

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White pine spread their limbs

joyous melody of green

burnished gold high notes

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as stout as my father--

beech trees he planted

decades ago

Ken Sawitri stands at the edge of decision in Blora, Indonesia.

at the edge

of the green rice field

ancestor’s grave

Packing books into a box in Columbus, Ohio, Jennifer Hambrick suggests, “Letting go of your childhood home can be almost as difficult as reading ‘The Giving Tree.’” Slobodan Pupovac recalls a special place in Zagreb, Croatia. Ramona Linke watches the reconstruction of a solid home in Germany.

cleaning out

the family home

shade of the oak tree

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birth house

the curtains smell of smoke

grandfather’s pipe

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low water ...

the young beaver helps

repair the dam

Jeanne Jorgensen lives surrounded by mountains in Edmonton, Alberta. Kristjaan Panneman lives below sea level on reclaimed land in Lelystad, The Netherlands.

a double rainbow

mists into valley and sky

I sense . . . mountains

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leaves fall

the garden covered

with a rainbow

Ana Drobot may be walking home on a damp, foggy night in Bucharest, Romania. Formed during calm cold nights, fog is common in the late fall. Such dismal climates can evoke a feeling of loneliness and fear. Lenard D. Moore carefully steps out of his car in North Carolina. In Poland, Pawel Markiewicz is enchanted by a forest clearing.

Mixing up

memories of fog

red turns pink

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caterpillars inch

across the driveway--

the dampness

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an ancient forest

frogs and boleti sharing

glade with Earl-king souls

Mercy Ikuri witnesses alchemy in Narok, Kenya. Inglese sees green. Anna Goluba plants her green felt hat in Poland. Priscilla Lignori sports green fleece in Montgomery, New York.

the setting sun

adding a touch of gold

to every tree’s green

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Light to neon--

so green in the fog

pine needles

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Scarecrow’s hat

a light touch of green--

winter fields

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The only green thing

amid the oaks in the woods--

my polar fleece hat

Minako Noma faces an uphill challenge in Matsuyama.

From the hospital garden

green chestnuts

the mountain

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:

Having mailed letter-after-letter from Thane, India, Raamesh Gowri Raghavan feels the cool autumn wind.

yellowing slowly

all those letters marked

return to sender

Steliana Voicu dreams of winter in Ploiesti, Romania.

snow butterflies . ..

my nephew chasing

cottonwood fluff

Writing from Richmond, British Columbia, Bob Friedland arrives at the end of the line.

abandoned trolley tracks

old unused end of the line bumpers

grown over with long yellow grass


Cheers! The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears Nov. 17. Readers are invited to send haiku about wine on a postcard to David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or by 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).