Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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drifting clouds the lost identity of moonlight

--Christof Blumentrath (Borken, Germany)

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crossing the tarmac

the moon above the plane wing

and more window moons

--Chris Graves (Halifax, Canada)

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Dinner--

in the mussels

moonlight

--Tsanka Shishkova (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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Hazy moon

an unknown tumor

in my neck

--Satoru Kanematsu (Nagoya)

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World War II

hidden under green waves

sea of sugar cane

--Kiyoshi Fukuzawa (Tokyo)

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tea ceremony

between heaven and earth

evening snow

--Philmore Place (Minsk, Belarus)

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dragonfly:

in its wings a glow

of rainbow

--Antonio Sacco (Sa, Italy)

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Lilliput

the high-rise community

a mirage

--Kazuo Takayanagi (Tokyo)

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warming ocean--

under the super moon

only a shadow throbs

--Maria Teresa Sisti (Massa Carrara, Italy)

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All our paper boats

float on its water ...

Green Moon

--Anna Goluba (Warsaw, Poland)

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FROM THE NOTEBOOK

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gift of a mango

add to bowl of leafy greens

I fold legs under

--Francis Attard (Marsa, Malta)

The haikuist said a prayer and began to dig into a healthy salad, noting he is “finding plenty to learn from the Asahi Haikuist Network,” which provides examples of the “right placing of a kireji, the lineation that brings out a definite syllabic scheme.” For example, a natural pause at the end of the first line in this haiku by Satoru Kanematsu was created by inverting a sentence with a subject-verb-object syntactic grammar pattern.

As a dish

shoots of field horsetails

grandson picked

Guliz Mutlu may be contemplating a future career in Ankara, Turkey. Kyoko Haga attended a weekend workshop at the Open University of Japan’s Akita campus.

Snowdrops

I am greener

than grass

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Under the remaining snow

sprouting with all their might

daffodil buds

Ian Willey pondered the passage of time in Takamatsu, downed a glass of shochu without water, and then penned 17 syllables. Ben Grafstrom did the same in Akita. Satoru Kanematsu returned to his birthplace in Okazaki, where he was cajoled by his friends to speak his mind. Helga Stania tried a sweet natural cure in Ettiswil, Switzerland.

That plant Mom got me

for my 40th birthday--

it could use a drink

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Through branches decked in pink

rises the Easter moon--

friends drinking sake

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Warmed sake--

tempted to mention

what I shouldn’t

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green walnuts

in honey

the way he talked

Irritated, Teiichi Suzuki slumped back into a soft comfortable armchair at home in Osaka. Refreshed, Isao Soematsu was surprised by what was waiting for him at home in Nagoya. Franjo Ordanic picked flowers before heading to his green-walled workplace in Oroslavje, Croatia.

Green winter--

from Norwegian chair

scent of wood

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A brilliant lush green--

maple leaves in the garden

after a week’s absence

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windowless office

spring morning lives in

the vase

Ikuko Kawashima feigns rejection in Kobe. Angelo B. Ancheta is ready to leave the Philippines. Change moved Yutaka Kitajima in Joetsu, Niigata.

No, not me,

earwig,

but the leaf of azalea

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first leaf

I take off the inhibition

to move on

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Camphor trees

a sweeping change of

foliage

Rosa Maria Di Salvatore sent her best respects from Italy.

bright May 1st ...

peace to men of good will

universal gospel

Christof Blumentrath was moved by the forlorn poetic beauty of a hazy moon.

misty moon

the sound of Grandpa’s cane

fading

Madhuri Pillai borrowed from a Scottish proverb: green moon if pigs could fly. Priscilla Lignori helped match the moon with the color of sprouting green leaves. Ljiljana Dobra put pen to paper in Croatia.

Falling for the hoax

grandchild paints the spring moon green

for her school project

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a joke about the moon

and the moon becomes green

from anger

Elancharan Gunasekaran found it hard to keep his eyes on the road in Singapore.

spring drive

towards green moon

highway hypnotism ...

Composing a haiku about the movement of energy through space and time, Kazuo Takayanagi wonders if any physical law can save us from climate change. Tornadoes usually peak in June, but this year violent storms hit Cuba in January and the United States in early in March, when warm moist air traveled north from the Gulf of Mexico to swirl dry cold air blowing south from Canada.

warming of the earth

freezing of the cyberspace

physics of motion

Lignori dreamt of stirring up rain in Montgomery, New York.

Bouncing on clouds with

granddaughter to make it rain--

first dream of the year

By stirring up typhoons as early as February, warming oceans may change the timing of kigo--the traditional seasonal indicators in haiku. Solveig Karina Nordwall is an artist in Victoria, British Columbia, who enjoyed skin-diving into colorful seas before they were bleached by higher water temperatures.

Ghost-white skeletons

were multi-colored corals

In my mask I weep

Typhoons used to hit the Japanese islands starting in September, so the word was associated with haiku penned in mid-autumn. Here’s a fall-themed haiku by Rod Burns who grabbed a spinning apple in Edinburgh, thinking that “climate change work is a vital and underexplored theme” in haiku. It is followed by a haiku from his peer-reviewed collection “The Worksongs of the Worms” published in 2018 by Cyberwit in Allahabad, India.

Hopeful breeze--

windfall apples circle

the drain, fail to drop

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Still day--

birds await a storm

that never comes

At Tokugawaen Garden in Nagoya, Isao Soematsu cherished big double-sized cherry blooms in January and plans to see them again this autumn on a tree he said is “the symbol of a prosperous family.” Zdenka Mlinar reported that edible sweet varieties developed early in Zagreb. Goran Gatalica tried lawn bowling. Now that trees are fully covered in myriad colors of green leaves in Atsugi, Masumi Orihara reminisced about how it felt to be a queen in springtime.

Prums kobuku-zakura--

guests celebrating blossoms

in the depth of winter

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green fruit

on the cherry tree

before spring

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city greenery--

bowling

with new friends

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there is nothing like

going up stairs carpeted

with blossom petals

Rosemarie Schuldes wondered why summer and autumn are occurring earlier in Gross-Gerau, Germany.

drought-stricken

autumn in august

This year’s El Nino--a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the Pacific, has caused crop damage, flash flooding and fires. Last month, wildfires that broke out in South Korea’s Gangwon province killed, burned down homes, closed schools and forced thousands to flee before they quickly spread to seaside resorts. Alegria Imperial took a moment’s respite from the fallout of wildfires in Canada.

taking timeto breathe again

after an ash fall

Satoru Kanematsu had hoped to travel overseas. Marshall Hryciuk cruised waters near Florida in search of whales. Benedetta Cardone was buoyed by the Tyrrhenian Sea off Massa, Italy.

Nearing spring

my passport renewed

one more time

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dorsal blubber gleam

off Marcos Island

a dolphin spouts

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melting glaciers--

as the oceans rise up level

I stay the same height

Madhuri Pillai tries to stay afloat in Melbourne, Australia. Patricia Campbell reported it was already hot and humid in Texas and floods were on the way.

droughts and landslides--

the indelible scars

of a grieving earth

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at the shoe store

tottering on six inch heels

I buy two pairs

Danielle Zehr planned a study excursion to introduce students to new languages and cultural perspectives. Eva Limbach voiced her support for students who are more concerned about environmental issues such as warming oceans and global warming than attending school.

Children learn and play

in a wintery landscape

Saint-Donat, Quebec

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fridays for future--

skipping the lesson

about climate change

Twelve-year-old Kamiliya Aumiller explored outside her elementary school near Misawa Airbase in Aomori Prefecture.

tadpoles

in the sewage pipe

mid-day heat

Fridays for future at http://www.asahi.com/ajw/special/haiku/. The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears May 31. Readers are invited to send haiku about the effects of global warming that have been experienced locally on a postcard to David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or e-mail to mcmurray@fka.att.ne.jp.

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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).