Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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west coast shakes--someday the shoreline could move east --Stephen J. DeGuire (Los Angeles)

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An outstretched hand--

oak tree lying on the ground

after the spring storm

--Priscilla Lignori (Montgomery, New York)

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sweltering heat

a beggar uses his bowl

as sunshield

--Adjei Agyei-Baah (Accra, Ghana)

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a long talk in the sun

with a very

lonely man

--Patrick Sweeney (Misawa, Aomori)

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thank heaven and earth

I’ve never fallen in love

with a vehicle

--Don Krieger (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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Traffic jam:

passing cars, flashes

a swallow

--Satoru Kanematsu (Nagoya)

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low cost flight

under us

a warming ocean

--Ralf Broker (Munsterland, Germany)

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Airplane lands

in the heat of


--Teiichi Suzuki (Osaka)

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first baseball game

a peanut vendor throws

some shade my way

--John McManus (Carlisle, England)

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beach party--

what about our

fish soup?

--Antonella Filippi (Turin, Italy)




German mobile

warming is autocorrected

into warning

--Ralf Broker (Munsterland, Germany)

The haikuist received an alert via his cellphone. Rosemarie Schuldes was forewarned in Mattsee, Austria. Kiyoshi Fukuzawa marveled at how the divine force of Nature calls her loved ones. Tsanka Shishkova is called by the Aegean Sea.

dropping ice cream cone


melting glacier

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voiceless call

woke up tortoises

shining stream

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in the suitcase a shell

still keeps the sound

of the sea

John Daleiden wrote a foreboding poem, scratched with pencil lead in the dry Sonoran Desert of Arizona. In search of a little sign of hope, Masumi Orihara cast a forlorn glance to a distant wall of clouds rising above the horizon.

canals of Venice

lined with collapsed buildings--

billowing clouds

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ocean microplastics--

far above the cloud bank

space debris

Francis Attard floated between heaven and Malta: mirror-image albatross adrift sky & ocean. Lucy Whitehead was mesmerized by a world of blue. Spellbound on a hot humid evening, Angiola Inglese forgot all about her scoop of vanilla-bean gelato.


in a cloudless sky--

spring sea

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full moon--

the ice cream melts

in my hand

Dancing across a beach on the tips of his toes, Adjei Agyei-Baah escaped the hot sands of Ghana to study abroad in New Zealand. According to his second haiku, the effects of global warming followed him there, too.


deciding for my feet

hot sand or sea

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global warming

the beach flooding

with umbrellas

Rio Yamauchi stretched out on the beach while on vacation from his haiku studies at Hokusei Gakuen University, Sapporo. Kiyoshi Fukuzawa remarked on the sharp contrasts between water and sand, between peace on the Red Sea and conflict on the Persian Gulf across the sands of Saudi Arabia.

from the sky

colorful parasols become stars

on the sand

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Parasols shining ...

the Red Sea is touched by the

edge of the desert

On a dog day afternoon, Stephen J. DeGuire’s pets lined up on the pavement outside an ice cream shop in Los Angeles. On visit to the mysterious Nalanda Gedige temple in Sri Lanka, Dejan Pavlinovic’s path was blocked by three dogs lying in the middle of the hot dusty road. One after the other, every now and then, the dogs raised their heads to check on the haikuist’s progress.

dogs drooling

at a chance to lick

dripping cones

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stray dogs

following the shade

a crawl further

Kanematsu watched as the roofed veranda along the outside of a neighbor’s home was torn down. Murasaki Sagano laid a wreath. Patrick Sweeney prayed.

An old house

being demolished--

budding trees

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son’s photo in mud

a few roses

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a city in ruins

I invoke an ancient


Heartbroken, Luciana Moretto explained how a residents committee came “at night--like murderers. Now only a fir stump remains, deathly pallor veined.”

Missing fir

and its shade ...

dismal light in my room

While sitting under a large flowering tropical tree, Sweeney meditatively strung nutlike seeds together to burn like a candle. Tsanka Shishkova had a picnic in Bulgaria. Angela Giordano spread a green tablecloth in Italy. Eva Limbach worryingly notes, “It’s getting hot here in Germany.” Gary Evans decided to protect his family by taking action against rising temperatures in Stanwood, Washington. Murasaki Sagano recalls how refreshing the cool sea once felt in Tokyo Bay.

less and less of me

under the leaves

of the candlenut tree

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under a walnut tree

song of reapers

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children on the lawn--

scented fingers

of spring

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sycamore tree--

I’m sitting in the shade

of my forefathers

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maple sapling planted

my granddaughter and I talk

of future shade

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Baby’s toes

touch on the surface

the spring sea

Kanematsu sat stymied on a swing in a local park, until he came up with just the right words for his haiku. Ian Willey took his son to play on the swings in a neighborhood park in Takamatsu, noting “There was a day moon out, and from my vantage point it looked like his feet reached right up to the moon when the swing hit apogee. My son’s on his way, but I’m still there to give him a good push!” Ramona Linke tried an ancient Chinese healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises.

Falling dusk

counting syllables

on the swing

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creaking swings--

a child’s first step

on the moon

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Qi Gong

arriving in

space time


The next issues of the Asahi Haikuist Network appear Aug. 2, 16 and 30. Readers are invited to send haiku about friends, mountains or summer’s end 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).