Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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late dinner grandpa’s porch open to the stars

--Ken Sawitri (Blora, Indonesia)

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October’s end

the butchers hands

drip blood

--Alexis Rotella (Arnold, Maryland)

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day moon

when was the last time

I tasted whiskey?

--Andy McLellan (Canterbury)

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at nightfall

I know about the sunflowers

in your room

--Ramona Linke (Germany)

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deep breath

in the small yard

the chrysanthemums

--Nikolay Grankin (Krasnodar, Russia)

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climbing with frolic

three sisters in the breezes

of ume blossoms

--Minako Noma (Matsuyama)

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a different shadow

with each turn of the lantern--

Bon dance

--William Sorlien (Wisconsin)

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dawn lights--

song of the mondine

in the rice fields

--Angela Giordano (Avigliano, Italy)

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scent of unpicked apples

on a September dawn

autumn’s first red leaf

--Melanie Vance (Dallas)

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mountain breeze--

the scent of grandma’s

apple pie

--Ramona Linke (Germany)




red moon--forest on fire

--Rosemarie Schuldes (Gross-Gerau, Germany)

The haikuist feared falling asleep. Melanie Vance rubbed her eyes in Dallas. Debbie Strange awoke to “interesting skies all summer as a result of wildfires burning on the border between Manitoba and Ontario.”

watching the red moon

between dots and spaces ...

a white cane

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wildfires …

the morning sun

a red beacon

Al Gallia trembled in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jane Beal, a teacher at University of La Verne in California, composed her haiku at a bird sanctuary in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

a light breeze

brushes the quaking aspens;

indian summer

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two young night herons

perch in autumn’s naked tree

looking back to shore

Satoru Kanematsu felt as if his hometown of Nagoya were burning up with heat. Minako Noma was burning up in Matsuyama.

Scorching heat--

trees boil with their voice


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forgot the reason

for my anger--

intense heat

Junko Saeki neighbors on a farm outside Tokyo live in fear of fires. T.D. Ginting reflects on the paradoxical power of life-giving water. Liquefaction, a terrifying phenomenon caused by an earthquake shaking tsunami-saturated sands, sucked thousands of people down to their deaths on the island of Sulawesi. Patricia Campbell best take care on the beaches to the south of Houston.

a scarecrow family

huddles in the field--


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Water is so soft

but beautiful (is)land hurt

by the tsunami

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moonlit drive

we sink into the sand--

oncoming tide

Laurence R. Brothers refers to the disappearance of the French pilot Georges Guynemer over Flanders in 1917. The Luftstreitkrafte reported shooting him down. Schoolchildren were told he’d flown so high that he’d forgotten the way back to Earth. Junko Saeki marveled at bright blue skies over Tokyo. Barbara A. Taylor joins in the search for Amelia Earhart, who perished over 80 years ago during an around-the-world flight. Kiyoshi Fukuzawa bids farewell to his English teacher.

crimson poppies bloom

the weary pilot flies on

never to return

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traversing wide skies

a translucent dragonfly

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anti-freckle cream

pinpoints her possible

landing point

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Teacher gone

crossed the Pacific

son’s letter

With the aid of binoculars, Margherita Petriccione spotted something in Scauri, Italy. Noma marveled at perfect flight paths.

the tails

of two fishing geese--

autumn wind

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red dragonflies

know their place

coming and going

Facing hurricane winds on the coast of North Carolina, Charlie Smith found “grocery store shopping is very hectic.” Residents in Tokyo who could not sleep well because of the horrible sound of typhoon-force winds all through the night might commiserate with this haiku that Haiku Society of America charter member Sydell Rosenberg placed in a 1987 issue of “Frogpond.” Typhoons felled lots of ginkgo nuts for Kanematsu to pocket.

empty shelves

nervous chatter in queues

clerk’s thin smile

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If this wind persists

I’ll be blown into a shape

like a bonsai tree!

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An acorn

from a little boy

a small gift

Claire Vogel Camargo makes her debut. Arvinder Kaur bows to a dance partner in Chandigarh, India.

he dances a few

Native American steps

the Spanish teacher

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end of autumn

the wind now helps

the curled leaves dance

Elizabeth Wagenheim paused for a moment in her English class at Maryland Institute College of Art. Eleven-year-old Gabriel Zech at Sollars Elementary studied Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period (1900-1904). Twelve-year-old Kali Herrera studied the audacity of the passerine.

Silence hanging. Fruit

waiting for the harvest time

Utterance, reward.

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A blue Morpho Butterfly

blending in

with the Old Guitarist

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Dusk ...

a crow lands on the straw

shoulder of the scarecrow

Fukuzawa heard poetry rustle in the trees. Ana Drobot likely knows the classic Disney tune “Colors of the Wind.” Eva Limbach shares regret.

Autumn wind--

in the teacher’s voice

Wordsworth whispers

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the colours

of a classic painting ...

refreshing wind

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the traces

I wanted to leave for your ...

autumn wind

Pat Davis learned to exhale in Pembroke, New Hampshire. Lothar M. Kirsch strolled along the Rhine at Rheinpark in Cologne. Radostina Dragostinova played a wind instrument in Bulgaria.

autumn stroll

I let the trees teach me

to let go

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River kiosk

still selling refreshments

despite the wind

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searching wind


in the cellist scores

Adjei Agyei-Baah lay quietly on his back in Ghana. Justice Joseph Prah sighed deeply in Accra.


all ears to the secrets

in the passing clouds

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passing autumn wind

emptying my depression

into it

Itoko Suzuki admits losing “a few old friends lately and have dwelt in sadness …” However on the dawning of “an important autumnal day for us to meet lost loved ones now in heaven, I felt revived thanks to the refreshing cool wind, a beautiful full moon, and equinox I am seeing from the veranda.”

autumn wind

blown away withered memory


Meghan Elizabeth Jones endures best she can in Calgary. Lee Nash takes our breath away in Poitou-Charentes, France.

blown about

tree limbs in the wind


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young leaves

on a fallen branch


D.V. Rozic and a dear friend enjoyed the end of a calm day in Ivanic-Grad, Croatia. Lucia Cardillo takes delight in the smooth texture of an Italian scarf.

embracing my cat

refreshing cool wind carries

fur to the sunset

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autumn wind ...

his light scarf

around the neck

Christina Chin celebrated with thousands of people in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, eating “traditional foods, mooncakes, and homemade sticky rice.” Then she enjoyed “parading with red paper lanterns” while “families lined up in open fields to fly sky lanterns lit with candles.”

thousand sky lanterns

surf the autumn wind

mid-autumn festival

Ian Willey marveled at how “summerish weather lingered” in Kagawa Prefecture. Rosemarie Schuldes feared wasps in Gross-Gerau, Germany. Kanematsu bears the autumn heat. John Hawkhead struggles to stay cool in Bradford on Avon.

hot again

even the figs

are sweating

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no longer waspish

in september’s

bland light

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Sitting next

to a hairy man

hot autumn

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late detention

the schoolboy still can’t grasp

the word no

Mary Vlooswyk didn’t have time to wave goodbye in Calgary. Beal writes ominously about drilling for carbon fuels off Huntington Beach, California. Jeanne Jorgensen braced for winter in Edmonton.

autumn evening

summer slips away

on a cool breeze

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clouds cover the sun

darkening the oil rig

cormorants fly off

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first killing frost

marigolds turn black

the birch leaves golden


The next issues of the Asahi Haikuist Network appear Nov. 2, 16 and 30. Readers are invited to send haiku about culture, good food or wine (to celebrate Culture Day, Thanksgiving Day or Beaujolais Nouveau Day) 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).