Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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Mayfly carcasses scattered about the lamp post: moon dog in daylight

--Kendall Dunkelberg (Columbus, Mississippi)

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to a swirling mist

wolf moon

--Helen Buckingham (Wells, England)

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in the time of leopards

my beatnik uncle’s

daddy-o couch

--Patrick Sweeney (Misawa, Aomori)

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early spring

great grandma’s grin

from the treehouse

--Agnes Eva Savich (Austin, Texas)

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spring fog

we start our day

sunny side up

--Eva Limbach (Saarbrucken, Germany)

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Mist lifted

my first kite lesson

on burning rubbish heap

--Justice Joseph Prah (Accra, Ghana)

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old woods road--

a skimp of mist

and trilliums

--Lysa Collins (White Rock, British Columbia)

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barren womb

flowers bloom on her

summer dress

--Vandana Parashar (Chandimandir Cantt, India)

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Leaves turn to soil

plant ridges with

mom’s lima beans

--Sahya Hori (Sapporo)

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at its top

the pine cones weigh

blackbird’s song

--Sebastien Rock (Saskatoon, Canada)




evening at the river

a little boy and a caught fish

yawn together

--Nikolay Grankin (Krasnodar, Russia)

Today is Greenery Day, a Japanese holiday associated with nature and outdoor enjoyment. Satoru Kanematsu read outdoors in Nagoya. Julia Guzman savored a home-cooked meal in Cordoba, Argentina.

With fingers

playing a spring wind

sign language

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Green beans on the table ...

memory of grandma’s hands

peeling them

Mum’s the word for pensive Jennifer Hambrick.

forced silence

she pushes warm beans

through a sieve

Liz Gibbs reports that the grass isn’t green yet but “the large white hares are turning brown in the spring as they usually do” in Calgary, Alberta. Bill Waters heard, but can’t yet spot a pair of redwing blackbirds in Pennington, New Jersey. Dubravka Scukanec painstakingly clipped around flowers in Zagreb, Croatia.

age spots on her hand

connecting them

she maps out her life

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Cusp of spring--

somewhere in the landscape

blackbirds calling

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smell of fresh mowed lawn

the remaining red poppies

stepped on by tired legs

Masumi Orihara regularly walks a hazy mountain trail through luscious greenery and relaxing hotsprings near his home in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture. Writing from Argentina, Jorge Alberto Giallorenzi felt the last breath of warm air before winter in the southern hemisphere. Julia Guzman vacationed at the very end of South America. Stephen Toft mourned in Lancaster, United Kingdom. Don Hansbrough looked toward the horizon off Seattle, Washington.

a pot-bellied God

by the country road

the laughing mountains

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The pampas grass crammed

along the road

Northern wind ...

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Barely visible through the mist

the silhouettes of poplars ...

Patagonian winter

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sea mist ...

the vast silence

of a stranded whale

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orca dreams for

her child

May 5 is Children’s Day. Jeanne Jorgensen has lots of good stories to tell children in Edmonton, Alberta. William Sorlien remembers how slowly his vacation rolled along in Wisconsin. Ken Sawitri recalls playing until dark in Blora, Indonesia. Sibylla Pockeler inhales a peaceful scent in Germany. Vandana Parashar paints a sad story in Chandimandir Cantt, India.

children mesmerized

“Is this how the stores make it?”

first home-made ice cream

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when I was just a boy

I counted to a thousand--

summer clouds

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Call to prayer

children run towards


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a child’s hands

unfolding after prayer

white lilies

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summer divorce

my child draws stick figures

of a happy family

Paul Faust chose his words carefully in Ashiya, Hyogo.


befitting the day’s events

diverts the children

A creative writing student at Hokusei University in Sapporo, Sakika Domon is currently enjoying extended holidays at home. Kanematsu realizes however, Golden Week is going to end all too soon. After vacationing in Japan, Melanie Vance folded her hands in prayer.

kashiwa mochi--

mom misses his tiny palm

joy and sadness

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Grandson gone

his balloon shrinking

day by day

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lost voices

in paper cranes

children of Hiroshima

Teiichi Suzuki was at a loss for words when his holidays ended at Kansai airport. Kanematsu pined for his mother. Junko Yamada removed her makeup.

Springtime solitude--

airport carousel turning

without my baggage

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A spring moon--

having returned home

from mom’s grave

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Stylish rouge …

spring melancholy

fades away

Martha Magenta re-read a swansong in Bristol, U.K. It’s an “odd phenomena” admits Luciana Moretto in Treviso, Italy, “but I’m sure that my departed brother often comes to visit me.” The haikuist wrote a book of verse about his guardian angel.

fading hydrangea

the last letter

of a best friend

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A ladybird

on the pillow--

soul of my departed brother


We’re green at The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears May 18. Readers are invited to send haiku about fireflies 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).