Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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weathervane rooster on the 21st September shifts direction

--Francis Attard (Malta)

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yellow sun--

a baobab tree

on my to do list

--Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo (The Hague)

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solstice sunrise

the leaves of a cypress

begin to dance

--Lucy Whitehead (Essex, U.K.)

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country music

I dance in the clothes

of my ancestors

--Slobodan Pupovac (Zagreb, Croatia)

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Moon festival

whispering to myself

in a foreign language

--Agus Maulana Sunjaya (Indonesia)

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stirring the soup--

my grandma’s voice

from nowhere

--Mary Kendall (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

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Autumn equinox--

a seesaw keeps its balance

unaware in the park

--Teiichi Suzuki (Osaka)

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mosquito net--

tonight I hunt for

the stars

--Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)

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ghost moon

the leaves too

become wind

--Eufemia Griffo (Settimo Milanese, Italy)

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death anniversary--

weeds run riot

in her flower pots

--Corine Timmer (Faro, Portugal)




Butterfly and I--at a perfect distance on the bench

--Kiyoshi Fukuzawa (Tokyo)

The haikuist marks the autumn equinox. Yutaka Kitajima feasted by splitting fruits in perfect halves.

Bated breath

a watermelon

split open

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Fresh peach scent

from a basket--fills

the whole house

Teiichi Suzuki hit dead center. Charlie Smith marveled at an incredible jump made in full stride.

Transparent water--

river trout wavering

on the tip of a spear

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clears the setting sun

western plains

A blissful sleep after a long summer is what we really need, suggests Francis Attard. It has been a long summer for Satoru Kanematsu.

autumn equinox

she drifts into a deep sleep

analyst on couch

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Rice field truce--

no more do the crows

fear scarecrows

Steliana Voicu savored an aromatic Ceylon spiced tea while dreaming of dusty brown hills far from her hometown of Ploiesti, Romania. The sweet-tasting inner bark of cinnamon trees is harvested in September, between Sri Lanka’s two monsoon seasons.

twilight veranda--

the tea steam veiling

cinnamon hills

Ashoka Weerakkody recalls an “awe-inspiring sight over the cinnamon groves in the pre-dawn hours” in Sri Lanka, exclaiming: “1970! The year I shall live in forever.” She observed a “silver-tailed ghostly headed apparition in the eastern sky, which was Bennet’s Comet as we later knew.” Noting that “cinnamon bushes never stood taller than a man,” she had been able to see clear across the plantation. Today she laments, “the acres where the cinnamon grew have been built upon and a concrete jungle hides the horizon firmly and permanently.”

roof top garden

of potted plants numbered and labelled

Cinnamon, 70!

Christina Sng finds her identity in Singapore. Marion Clarke echoes in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland.

changing seasons

uncovering over and over

the mystery of who I am

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dark cave

is there life in there?

is there life in there?

Angela Giordano sent a photo of herself to her daughter, who lives further down the valley, in the distance. Kanematsu listened contentedly to a familiar voice.

sea of clouds--

a selfie on the terrace

between heaven and earth

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Sultry night--

a soothing phone call

from daughter

Attard opens his window to autumn.

open window

to the 21st September

to a tip of pine


Readers are welcome to send haiku about teachers for the Oct. 5 issue, and autumn 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 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).