Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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my shadow ... dragging itself from the shade

--Pat Geyer (East Brunswick, New Jersey)

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biting heat

a beggar aligns his shadow

with a pole

--Adjei Agyei-Baah (Kumasi, Ghana)

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shadows hide

old goanna

--Marilyn Humbert (Sydney, Australia)

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telling the sword swallower

there are a hundred

billion galaxies

--Patrick Sweeney (Misawa, Aomori)

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each morning


I draw breath

--Don Krieger (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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suspicious shadow on the lungs

smoking in the shade

--Franjo Ordanic (Oroslavje, Croatia)

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moored coal barge

newly-pulled rhubarb

red sticks in the shade

--Sheila K. Barksdale (Gotherington, England)

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Thai heat--

looking for my

own shadow

--Marek Kozubek (Bangkok, Thailand)

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rainy cloud

casts a long shadow

on my face

--Nadejda Kostadinova (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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evening shadows--

how they look down


--Angela Giordano (Avigliano, Italy)




laundry bluing

the sky

after confession

--Patrick Sweeney (Misawa, Aomori)

The haikuist avows his sin for using a toxic washing product made from Prussian blue that was invented in the 1900s. Having fallen out of favor in environmentally conscious homes, ghost advertisements for it can still be seen on faded old signs tacked to the side of general stores in the United States. Don Krieger falters on his path to erudition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ian Willey remains steadfast against using clothes dryers in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture.

no resolve I cannot betray Enlightenment

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hanging the last load

there’s only

so much sun

While washing rice, Willey watched as his wife poured the rinse water into potted plants, noting “The angle was just right.” Lothar M. Kirsch prayed for recovery. Marta Chocilowska mouth was parched by the lack of water in Warsaw, Poland.

veranda garden

she pours some sun

into the earth

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After his stroke

Dad still waters

the dried out flowers

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long drought

a snapdragon’s

closed mouth

Lysa Collins wrote about the effects of drought on life in the dry and withered grasslands of Kenya. Julia Guzman viewed a surreal new world on the plains of Argentina.

sere grasses--

rough touch of a cheetah’s tongue

on the orphaned cub

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flooded fields--

the bellies of cows


Kohei Nakatani dreamt of fish swimming deep down in the sea offshore of Hokkaido. Pat Geyer had been hoping for a few more weeks of cooler weather in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Hifsa Ashraf feels tortured by the sound of dripping water in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

If I were a fish

could I feel cool in the sea--

a hot summer day

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early heat wave ...

ice cream drips down

a soggy cone

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sweltering day

the loud sound

of the dripping tap

Angela Giordano supports the teen who started the Fridays for Future movement. Guzman reports the younger generation is getting the message. Satoru Kanematsu offered pink roses to a beaming granddaughter.

shakes consciences

the young activist--

the scream of the world

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sister tells little sister

throw the plastics in the bin

global warming

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Her birthday

a 12-year-old smile

in full bloom

Itoko Suzuki went to her neighborhood florist to choose plants for the sunny side of her veranda, “realizing that touching and feeling flowers invigorates me, a blessing from god.” Tsanka Shishkova’s mother enjoyed sitting by potted plants for as long as she could.


replacing violets

summer again

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pink petunias

on the veranda

mom’s last day

Barbara A. Taylor reports that it won’t stop raining in New South Wales. Tsanka Shishkova fears for Holland. Lucy Whitehead worries for Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Kanematsu rallies for Hong Kong.

rain-filled days

rows of mold-speckled shoes

on her verandah

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sea-level rise ...

behind higher dikes

blooming tulips

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rising seas

a wall of sandbags outside

the amusement arcade

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Freedom fight:

Hong Kong umbrellas

bloom again

Murasaki Sagano loves reading books under shade trees in Tokyo. Junko Saeki’s nephew moved near a high-tech hospital research center that badly needs trees on its wide, empty streets. On visit to the southern tip of Florida, Eva Limbach had once believed “every sunset was a celebration.”

This green shade

for reading Anne of

Green Gables

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A shadeless new town

Tsukuba Science City

trees, please!

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Key West sunset--

an old man refuses

to applaud


Shadowy The next issues of the Asahi Haikuist Network appear Aug. 16 and 30. Readers are invited to send haiku about their ancestors 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).