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Scorching heat--pouring cool water on mom’s grave

--Satoru Kanematsu (Nagoya)

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age spots on her hand

connecting them

she maps out her life

--Liz Gibbs (Calgary, Alberta)

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full moon

the clawed hand on the sill

suddenly noticed

--Ingrid Baluchi (Ohrid, Macedonia)

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swarm the river


--Christina Chin (Kuching, Malaysia)

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regatta day

a hundred yachts

drive the wind

--Marietta McGregor (Canberra)

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Birds turn home

full of spring sun, chamomile

taste of cigarette smoke

--Murat Yigit (Canakkale, Turkey)

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littered plastic bowls

stray children feed on

summer remains

--Adjei Agyei-Baah (Kumasi, Ghana)

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watermelon smashing


--Kazuo Takayanagi (Tokyo)

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Flaring up

behind the remains

crape myrtles

--Yutaka Kitajima (Joetsu, Niigata)

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a robin

neighbour’s toddler

... pause to reflect

--Jeanne Jorgensen (Edmonton, Alberta)




Olde Worlde Fayre

we find him tapping an empty cauldron

with his stick

--Sheila K. Barksdale (Gotherington, England)

The haikuist’s neighbors clanked about in metal armor, clashed spears, and shot real arrows to reenact the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury that ended the War of the Roses and allowed King Edward IV to reign in peace. Italian poet Eufemia Griffo wrote this haiku in the spirit of William Shakespeare.

Stratford house

brushes and inkpot

still wait for their poet

Luciana Moretto wonders if migrants are ever going to stop pouring into Italy.

summer thrill--

walking on a wire

yawning chasm

Marta Chocilowska knows who is at the door.

night shift

a gentle rustling

at the keyhole

Melanie Vance described Independence Day in Dallas with this one-liner: dahlias dance on air … July 4th crackers. Marilyn Ashbaugh watched hotrods drive up and down the main street of Edwardsburg, Michigan. John J. Han is ready to ride in Manchester, Missouri.


parades of convertibles

line the streets

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sagging skin, widening waist

time to buy

a muscle car

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Independence Day parade--

one old woman

under an umbrella

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams’ parade got rained on in Fairlawn, Ohio. Blessed Ayeyame commented on the event from Delta, Nigeria. Recalling the day Barack Obama folded paper in the Atomic Bomb Museum in Hiroshima, Satoru Kanematsu implores the peace movement to soar.

independence day

the man grumbles

a cherished anthem

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A-bomb Day

take wings, Obama’s

paper cranes

Tokyoite Junko Saeki was surprised by the curious westward path of Typhoon No. 12. She claims the windblown rain invigorated her garden, adding the flowers seemed to say, “This is our kind of climate.” Kiyoshi Fukuzawa is a fan of the new tropical weather in Tokyo. The Japan Meteorological Agency attributed the unprecedented heat waves and rare cyclone swerve to a mix of overheated oceans, overlapping high pressure systems and a cold vortex.

A stray typhoon

my hibiscus comes alive

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Best in color

the hibiscus cheered by

40 degrees

Taking time off work during the hot German summer, Eva Limbach was wary not to drive too far from home.

last working day

a wild lavender bush

ready to bloom

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summer at home

the well-known potholes

barely repaired

This head-scratcher by John Hamley explains the default condition of gravel roads in Ontario that are only occasionally graded for cottagers in summer.

The road remembers

where the potholes

should be

Jeanne Jorgensen checked on her grandchildren. Sparkling lights revealed Junko Yamada in Kamakura. Kanematsu celebrated the safe return of the Thai boys who were trapped in a cave.

in shaded places

kids with dripping ice cream cones

--dark clouds in the west

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by fireworks

dark heart

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Bright sunshine

all the boys rescued

from the dark

Teiichi Suzuki paused for a minute at noon on Aug. 15 to pay tribute to the war dead.

Defeat Day--

stopped in a quarry


Awake at 3:21 a.m. in Vietnam, Dennis Woolbright began to chant in meditation during the full eclipse of a blood moon. Yutaka Kitajima ponders the concept of forever. Blessed Ayeyame stoops to pick up the morning newspaper in Ughelli, Nigeria.

Stars sparkle

waiting around

the dark moon

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“Sometime soon”

yet never again

Milky Way

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news at dawn

a sparrow tweets

from the veranda

Julia Guzman prayed in Cordoba, Argentina. Christina Chin prepared sticky rice dumplings filled with pork for a family gathering at the Dragon Boat Festival in Sarawak.

Odori Matsuri ...

The smell of incense

in the family kitchen

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appeasing the fish

our household makes


Liz Gibbs was inspired by the comedy “Book Club” with Jane Fonda. Paul Faust has turned off summer in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

his said

I was no spring flower …

a sachet of potpourri on my bed

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heat at thirty-six

a once favorite season

is so hard to stand


Wars end at The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears Aug. 31, the last Friday of the month. Readers are invited to send haiku about mystery 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).