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parched earth-- I set seascape wallpaper on my phone

--Vandana Parashar (Chandimandir, India)

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Soap bubbles--

fragile planet of

blue water

--Teiichi Suzuki (Osaka)

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slipping off

our skins

new moon

-- Lucy Whitehead (Essex, UK)

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rain drops to the naked skin

without shame

--Danijela Grbelja (Sibenik, Croatia)

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Naked in the rain

an old hippie woman dances

parasol in hand

--Richard Jodoin (Montreal)

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going home early...

in front of the closed door

everything is possible

--Margherita Petriccione (Scauri, Italy)

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busting blue veins

the dragon boat drum

beats faster

--Christina Chin (Kuching, Malaysia)

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A day in a life

lying in the sun

diamond sands

--Thais Fernandes (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

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summer noon

thirsty crow somehow

casts a shadow

--S Abburi (Bangalore, India)

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Loneliness--losing my shadowin the mist--Marek Kozubek (Bangkok)




after rain

water striders skate

brown flood pools

--Doc Sunday (Hiroshima)

Hard-hit by rain, the haikuist was surprised to see insects scurrying atop the muddy waters left by torrents across western Japan that killed more than 200 people.

sizzling sky--

a crying child whisked

from the building roof

As a little girl frightened by fireworks, Amy Losak was rescued by her dad from the roof of the apartment building where tenants had gathered to watch burning skies in New York. Angela Giordano admires terra cotta red clay tiles covering almost every house in Avigliano, Italy. Priscilla Lignori lifts off from Montgomery, New York.

rain and sun--

the rainbow begins

from red roofs

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Shrouded in the mist--

the cormorant on a rock

seems other-worldly

Liz Gibbs watched Mother Earth in fear from Calgary. Moldovan worried about eerie orange lava flows. Patricia Campbell got stuck in black flammable resin oozing from Houston.

projectile lava

she purges a belly

sick with a planet's betrayal

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Acid rain--

volcanic ashes

over Hawaii

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pungent smell of tar

shoes sticking to the pavement

summer construction

Charlie Smith, a mathematician, reported the humidity index soared higher than the actual temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit in North Carolina. Suffering from a 99 degrees Fahrenheit scorcher in Houston, Campbell said she’s gone “off to find some cool-down beverage.” Alan Summers bit into a deliciously named chocolate bar on a wooden stick covered in vanilla ice cream.

rose bushes

sweat and scratches

one oh two

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Hop Scotching

from shadow to shadow

summer meltdown

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classic 99

a summer alliteration

emerges from me

Train whistles echo for Madhuri Pillai in springtime Melbourne, Australia. Minako Noma recalls how precious summers used to be in Matsuyama.

fleeting memory

through rice planters’ song

the train winds past a valley

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in an age of plenty

corn on the cob

Usually lightning bolts flash and a few seconds later thunder booms. In haiku season word almanacs however, thunder comes first because it refers to summer. Lightning is listed later in the book among words associated with the autumn. American haikuist William Higginson (19382008) reasoned that in summer farmers stayed inside during thunderstorms, whereas in autumn they must harvest rice outdoors and readily saw the flashes. Marta Chocilowska stayed safely indoors in Warsaw.

first day of summer

with a cat under the bed


On Friday mornings Stefanie Pohle teaches a course at Bonn University, admitting she can’t really blame students for feeling “tired from getting up so ‘early’ and eager to start the weekend.” Lothar M. Kirsch, a medical doctor in Germany, makes his debut haiku. Margherita Petriccione kicked up her heels in Scauri, Italy.

another yawn

students’ eyelids almost closed--

time to go home

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Sun on the sidewalk

Heading for parasol’s shade

Auntie’s swollen legs

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Friday release--

high heels and headaches

regretting the slippers

John Zheng felt bored in Itta Bena, Mississippi. In Treviso, Italy, Luciana Moretta had nothing to do but recall ill feelings. Believing that the devil makes work for idle hands, she takes odds with Domenico De Masi’s claims in "The Creative Idleness” that thinking is more important than working. Haikuist pamela a. babusci contemplated life in Rochester, New York.

dull weekend

streets empty with

red sunshine

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cicadae chant...

irksome thorn

of idleness

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endless rain

writing my

death haiku

Yasuomi Koganei imitated the sound of dripping rain on each line of this haiku by imbedding “in, ing, ing.”

in torrential rains

skyscrapers standing--

flooding Milky Way

Marietta McGregor rocked at an opera in Canberra. Kanematsu stood alone in Nagasaki. Arriving home in Dallas, Melanie Vance was greeted by tinkling wind chimes.

opera by the lake

a pedalo boat rocking

on the spot

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Tulips gone

a windmill turning

all alone

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Fuurin breeze

after a week's rollercoaster

my comfort zone

Vasile Moldovan was saved by a lighthouse in Bucharest. Muscovite Evgeny Ivanov searched in vain. Michael H. Lester found her looking heavenly in Los Angeles.

wrapped in fog

the oldest beacon

is still lit

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Foggy platform--

trying to find

a familiar silhouette

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her white gown billows

in the ocean mist


The next issues of the Asahi Haikuist Network appear Aug. 3, 17, and 31. Readers are invited to send haiku about a veranda, the roofed platform along the outside of a house, 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).