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summer carnival last sunrays hit the cymbals

--Mihovila Ceperic-Biljan (Rijeka, Croatia)

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street bands

the hot summer


--Nazarena Rampini (Pogliano Milanese, Italy)

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Sudden rain

on the steel drums--

jazz festival

--Richard Jodoin (Montreal)

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gone before I can say

“long time no see”

--Kiyoshi Fukuzawa (Tokyo)

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a bluebird perched

on the veranda railing--

sun showers

--Michael H. Lester (Los Angeles)

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summer morning

sunlight turns a corner

on the veranda

--Bob Lucky (Jubail, Saudi Arabia)

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on the veranda

the vine sheds all

but the nest

--Liv Saint James (Melbourne)

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feasting on

the engawa of


--Stephen J. DeGuire (Los Angeles)

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Summer moon

the house sold

when the cats were out

--Guliz Mutlu (Ankara)

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noon rain

my veranda plays host

grazing fowl

--Blessed Ayeyame (Ughelli, Nigeria)




morning glories

after midnight dream faded

veranda summer

--Itoko Suzuki (Shizuoka)

The haikuist describes herself “as a veranda person” and vowed this summer to “make one haiku each morning for exercise.” Traveling through Spain, Jiro Oba couldn’t help but notice the large, open porches extending across the front and along the sides of the houses.

All day long

Granada’s old women

on verandas

When Deborah Kolodji lived in a bungalow in Pasadena she would sit on the veranda and drink lemonade all afternoon. She admits, “I don’t know which I miss more, the veranda or the lemon tree or the neighbors who might stop by to chat if I was sitting out in front.”


on the veranda

neighborhood gossip

A poet from Melbourne, Liv Saint James makes her debut to this column.

old family portrait

smiles on the veranda

no one missing

Lilia Racheva pines for her grandma’s home in Bulgaria. When Angela Giordano goes on vacation she chooses a rental house with a veranda, so she can “stay outdoors and enjoy the scents and the sea breeze.”


heart of lavender

under the wooden floor

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summer evening--

dinner by the sea

on the veranda

From her vantage in Faro, Portugal, Corine Timmer’s poetic metaphor intensified the impact of her words.

summer sunrise …

the hibiscus opens up

to the bee

Anthony Q. Rabang rose early in Ilocos Region, Philippines.

morning glow

behind her left ear

orchid blooms

Junko Yamada arranged a lovely garden in Kamakura. Yutaka Kitajima composed this imagery bashfully admitting, “in the twilight as if intoxicated.” Satoru Kanematsu’s carryall is buzzing.

Gardening life

however I’m in solitude …


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buzzing overtime

locust blooms

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Sultry noon

smart phone starts to ring

in my bag

Melting ice fields after two years of drought forced Jeanne Jorgensen’s neighbor to tickle his flowers like a busy bee in Edmonton. Kiyoshi Fukuzawa was stung twice in Tokyo. Laurence Raphael Brothers was attacked in the garden of a Tokyo hotel.

bees collapse

gardener moves from plant to plant

using a feather

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Fiery wind--

a wild bee repeats

touch and go

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bees hum and frogs chirp

idyllic urban garden ...

ouch! something stung me!

Eufemia Griffo shrieked at the sound of a bird in Settimo Milanese, Italy.

ghost house

the shrill call

of a blue jay

Al Gallia rolls on an ocean-like breeze in Lafayette, Louisiana. Pat Davis flows in the winds off Pembroke, New Hampshire. Adjei Agyei-Baah stretches his arms high in Kumasi, Ghana. Guliz Mutlu warns young lovers to take care in Ankara, Turkey, by retelling the story of a young man who drowned in a storm on one of his nightly visits to his beloved Hero.

veranda nap ...

sea oats swaying to

the surf’s rhythm

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on veranda time

the gentle sway

of bird feeders

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final rays ...

honeymooners rising

out of summer

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the fog rolling in

gulls circle

the Leander tower

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo opened the covers of her favorite book at home in The Hague. Nazarena Rampini enjoyed chirping sounds from among her potted plants in Milan. Barbara A. Taylor preserved water in Mountain Top, Australia. Lucy Whitehead rolled dice in Essex. With hands on her hips, Eva Limbach displayed her pinned-up laundry. Richard Jodoin’s home seems to be growing in Montreal. Melanie swooned in Dallas. Madhuri Pillai sniffed the evening wind in Melbourne.

reading Murakami

on the balcony ...

in-town vacation

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on my veranda

a goldfinch drinks

from the flowerpot

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by the welcome mat

a green frog soaks in the

dog’s water dish

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the veranda clicks

with dice and tongues

backgammon tournament

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suburban balcony

on the dirty line

colorful clothespins

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In the sultry heat

a wooden porch swing

rooted to the spot

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even daisies sway

on a summer noon

outdoor laundry

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balcony breeze

the smell of wattle

moon and I

Jorge Alberto Giallorenzi shared a view from last summer in Buenos Aires.

Summer festival

cherry trees stand out

from the bridge

Michael Toni Ehring penned his first haiku in Berlin, Germany. Karen O’Leary shared a summer dream from West Fargo, North Dakota.


sticky hands, broad smile

first funfair

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best friends

sharing cotton candy

and rainbow dreams

Partygoers stumbled down the stairs from Lucy Whitehead’s place in Essex. On her way home to Ohrid, Macedonia, Ingrid Baluchi believes she was followed by a paper lantern ghost with one eye and a long tongue of fire protruding from its open mouth.

neolithic dig

the veranda spills

drunk archaeologists

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midnight walk home

stalking between trees

a chochin obake

Marek Kozubek misses his neighbors in Bangkok. Summer fades at Commencement Bay in Washington for Carmen Sterba.

they’re gone--

an old house veranda

filled with dusk

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day’s end--

a longboard recedes

into the waves

Following a pleasant summer on two wheels, Nikolay Grankin walked to work facing autumn winds in Krasnodar, Russia.

cold wind

a bike with the flat tires

on the veranda


The next issues of the Asahi Haikuist Network appear Sept. 7 and 21. Readers are invited to send haiku that have musical rhythm 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).