Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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fridays for future I update my climate app

--Eva Limbach (Saarbrucken, Germany)

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pearls could crack

in the heartland’s white-hot

summer sizzle

--Roberta Beach Jacobson (Indianola, Indiana)

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global warming …

Capitol Building’s reflection

in the Atlantic

--Adam T. Bogar (Folkestone, U.K.)

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ocean warming ...

king penguins looking for

a new home

--Tsanka Shishkova (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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penguins plunging

into the sea

--Guliz Mutlu (Ankara, Turkey)

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Young sparrow chirping

on the Chrysanthemum Throne

no time left alone

--Beate Conrad (Hildesheim, Germany)

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bloom for the new emperor

before their time

--Kiyoshi Fukuzawa (Tokyo)

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rainy day--

white chrysanthemums

the fresh tomb

--Maria Tirenescu (Romania)

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sorrow of spring

a drop of water rolling

on the taro leaf

--Neni Rusliana (Bandung, Indonesia)

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fly fishing

the peaceful pond

ripples to him

--Akerke Boltabekova (Kazakhstan)




on the beaches of Brussels

the old man tells a tale

of a Gulf Stream

--Adam T. Bogar (Folkestone, U.K.)

Tomorrow is World Oceans Day. Events are held to raise awareness of the vital importance of oceans and the role they play in sustaining a healthy planet. The haikuist helped narrate a fish story about the warm ocean currents flowing from the Gulf of Mexico, along the United States, to the coast of Newfoundland in Canada. Neni Rusliana sketched a spiral shell and wrote this poem in Indonesia.

an empty shell

ocean news

at low tide

Safe on high ground in the German town of Saarbrucken near the French border, Eva Limbach shares a one-liner with a family who may have crossed the Mediterranean Sea: refugee child how to fold a paper boat.

Luciana Moretto pondered illustrations of Venice submerged below sea level as imagined by Czechoslovak Stepan Zavrel (1932-1999). The artist lived in an Italian village near her home in Treviso, Italy.

Leafing through

a picture book ...

Venice under the sea

Satoru Kanematsu suddenly realized that his “passport expired without having been used.” Lying in bed, the haikuist laments he can no longer travel.

Just leafing

through travel brochures

passing spring

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beyond the window

fresh green leaves

A student in Kazakhstan, Akerke Boltabekova is currently studying abroad at Mississippi Valley State University. Liz Gibbs recalls sad times in Canada. Kanematsu’s tears could fill the sea.

study abroad--

the river flows

into my dream

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swollen with memories

seams of time burst

his tears flow ...

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Silent rhythm

of drip transfusion

day and night

Stephen Toft recalled an ephemeral moment by the Irish Sea. A similar sentiment was shared by Angela Smith in the “Dreaming Collection” (2009) published in Australia.

beach stone

my son’s footprint


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hot pavement

a swimmer’s footprint


Murasaki Sagano walked carefree.

Sunny day

wearing high-heeled shoes

Spring caprice

Not having returned to Okinawa since he was a student 52 years ago, Teiichi Suzuki remarked on how the cliffs and beaches where civilians jumped to their deaths during wartime are now resort spots surrounded by luxurious hotels.

Cobalt blue

without ambiguity--

Manza beach

Rosemarie Schuldes left her home in Mattsee, Austria, knowing her favorite wildflower needs little care and can reseed itself every year to delight the garden with its bright blue flowers.


the old garden in full bloom

moving day

Climate hotspots are the places most vulnerable to climate change because of melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Nikolay Grankin lives in Krasnodar, Russia, near the Black Sea. Slobodan Pupovac felt carefree on the Adriatic Sea.

global warming

one more ice cube

in a glass of whiskey

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ice cube floating in

the glass of whiskey

Alegria Imperial lay on her back in the heat of Vancouver, British Columbia.

magnolia sky ...

the blister in my ceiling


Prijono Tjiptoherijanto was surprised to witness both snow and cherry blossoms falling at the same time. Karen O’Leary decorated her home in pink. Lothar M. Kirsch proposed cutting down on the use of plastics to revive the natural colors of coral. Vessislava Savova laments global warming of the forests near the Black Sea.

early April snow

Tokyo station white

strange happening

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cherry blossoms--

pink candles adorn

the family table

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Warming Pacific

dying reefs adorned with

plastic debris

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too hot

plastic bags

on the tree boughs

Roberta Beach Jacobson provides a stinging rebuke to those who don’t believe that what goes around, comes around.

the jellyfish

who got me

lured by warm waters


The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears June 21. Readers are invited to send haiku about melting ice cream 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).