Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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rocking the steady drip of Saturday afternoon

--Marion Clarke (Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland)

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On the porch

dripping from the roof

a summer evening

--Lothar M. Kirsch (Meerbusch, Germany)

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rain rhythm--

butterflies waltz

along the veranda

--Lavana Kray (Iasi, Romania)

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shooting stars

eavesdropping on the echo

of the unspoken

--Ramona Linke (Beesenstedt, Germany)

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civet cat prowls

the hanging garden

--Christina Chin (Kuching, Malaysia)

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Ticket office--

a vase of sunflowers

hanging from the roof

--Antonio Mangiameli (Lentini, Italy)

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old swing

on my veranda

memories of holding hands

--Liz Gibbs (Calgary)

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father’s diaries

in the shade

--Yutaka Kitajima (Joetsu, Niigata)

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old cottage

the empty porch swing

moving to and fro

--Mary Kendall (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

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I sweep the porch--

still waiting

for your return

--Steliana Voicu (Ploiesti, Romania)





the treehouse


--Christina Chin (Kuching, Malaysia)

The haikuist heard wrap-around cinema-like sound effects in Sarawak. Yutaka Kitajima was drawn to the sound of mysterious midnight rhythms in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture. Mihovila Ceperic-Biljan sensed crickets move into Rijeka, Croatia. Helga Stania dreams in Ettiswil, Switzerland. Kirsch pays tribute to an old haiku master.


the nightshift work


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a starry night …

town balcony fills with

crickets’ chirping

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fairytale forest

the sound

of Basho’s frog

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Dried out pond

no frog to be seen

yet his mystery

Lysa Collins felt that there was “something odd in the air” in the Great Rift Valley.

clouds brush the high veldt

the wind shifts

to a minor key

Don Hansbrough floated in Seattle. Carmen Sterba kept pace with a paddler near Tacoma.

houseboat veranda

among the geraniums

twin swans dream

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wind shifts--

rhythmic paddles

of the kayaker

Marita Gargiulo has long hair. Satoru Kanamatsu’s heartrate quickened during a storm.

veranda breeze

grandma braids my hair then--

unbraids the wind chimes

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Typhoon’s come

the frantic wind bell

ring, ringing

Kazuo Takayanagi admired a late artist’s work. Laurence Raphael Brothers reported that New York remains “hot, even after a late-night rainstorm.”

sunny spells during tsuyu

lively colors of

her remaining works

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red neon allure

tail lights gleam off wet pavement

steaming new york nights

Burning rubber in Takamatsu, Ian Willey turned up his car stereo to hear the lead singer of the hard rock band Van Halen. Taking her time in Indonesia, Ken Sawitri drove behind a rice farmer. Jeanne Jorgensen can’t get the beat of a favorite tune out of her head. Guliz Mutlu is haunted by the sound of the surf off Ankara.

record heat

a truck does a good

David Lee Roth

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Harvest day

the slow-moving truck pulls

its scented dust

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an old song

teases my mind--hush

not this poem

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mysterious voices

continuing to speak

never ending waves

Despite the lingering heat, Yasuomi Koganei may have bit into a gooey slice of pepperoni and cheese. At noon when the sun reaches its zenith, shadows tend to disappear--therefore the haiku implies hungry Tokyoites pressed themselves against buildings or hid under a vendor’s parasol in a way similar to a pizza slipping into a dark oven.

Hidden Tokyo--

queue at a lunch pizza stall

each shadow baking

Corine Timmer breathes in the evening from a splendid vantage point in Faro, Portugal.

summer sunset ...

from the veranda the scent

of honeysuckle

Danijela Grbelja whispers in Sibenik, Croatia. Marek Kozubek keeps a secret in Bangkok.

solar eclipse--

pillow talk

another secret

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her whisper--

an old secret

in my ear

In the summer of 1972, “with chess making the front pages and appearing on the nightly news for the first, and maybe only time, I was inspired to play chess on many of those summer nights,” recalls Michael Ceraolo in Cleveland, adding that he “wasn’t very good, but I enjoyed playing and still have fond memories of doing so.”

Summer of


chess on the porch

Mirko Varga will attend the 48th Varazdin Baroque Evening on Sept 21. A prominent music festival specializing in early European music, Japanese artists are included in the concert program marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan.

music festival

Varazdin Baroque Evening--

Japanese partner

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo sensed the change of season. Ramona Linke hears autumn everywhere.

coffee on the porch--

autumn light at the

garden’s edge

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golden leaves

even the moon rustles

behind clouds

In slow-tempo, Junko Yamada incants the name of a 19th century race horse associated with Latin music and dance.

beating Bolero

alone at midnight

deep autumn


The Sept. 21 issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network celebrates the equinox and marks the first day of autumn. Readers are invited to send haiku about teachers for the Oct. 5 issue, and refreshing cool wind for the Oct.19 issue 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).