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back from the rockies Mississippi delta looks even more flat

--John Zheng (Itta Bena, Mississippi)

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On my toes

the moment she mentioned

Nijinsky--Patrick Sweeney (Misawa, Aomori)

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Base Camp

climbers pose against Everest

inches taller

--Ashoka Weerakkody (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

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sunset

over mountain’s edge--

the slow rise of fireflies

--Adjei Agyei-Baah (Kumasi, Ghana)

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peaking

through wisps of clouds ...

distant mountains

--Amy Losak (Teaneck, New Jersey)

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on the skyline

mountain goat

silhouettes

--Mike Gallagher (Ireland)

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weather change

on through the fog

with goat bells

--Thorsten Neuhaus (Munster, Germany)

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a new Atlantis

slips beneath the brine deep--

the tide rises

--John Daleiden (Phoenix, Arizona)

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his toy dirt bikes

where our lawn should be--

summer drought

--Lucy Whitehead (Essex, U.K.)

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last cup of tea

a time of moonfall

with the mountain

--Alan Summers (Wiltshire, England)

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FROM THE NOTEBOOK

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Mountains

move closer

the lapwings’ freestyle

--Helga Stania (Switzerland)

The haikuist admired a bird that rises up in a large flock. Mountain Day was observed on Aug. 12 in Japan, where 70 percent of the land mass is mountainous. Teiichi Suzuki trekked mountain paths in Fukui Prefecture. Isao Soematsu climbed in Aichi Prefecture. Ricardo Palaypay dreamt of Mount Fuji. Croatian haikuist Goran Gatalica might have whispered, “Eureka!”

Weightlessly

the mountain becomes

summer mist--

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Forest path--

the weight of shadows

on dense green

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Mountain deep--

noisy chorus of cicadas

in the shadows

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ice cream slowly melts

atop an upside-down cone

snowcaps of Fuji

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such stillness ...

circled by photographers

peak of Mt. Fuji

Justice Joseph Prah has a tall story to tell when he attends a homecoming party in Ghana.

home-going

taking Kilimanjaro with me

on a map

Guliz Mutlu awoke early to hunt for mountain flowers in Ankara, Turkey. Barbara A. Taylor met a family of marsupials on the outskirts of Mountain Top, Australia. Tomislav Sjekloca used to climb uncluttered mountain paths in Cetinje, Montenegro. Midhat Midho Hrncic knows where the fish are hiding these days in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before the drought, Angela Giordano enjoyed fly fishing in the Italian Alps.

shadows

of astilbe

enough night

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sharing shade

a friendly wallaby

with her joey

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mountain top--

I find fulfillment

and a plastic bottle

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scorching heat:

a shoal of fish enters

the willow’s shadow

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dry river--

the trout reeling

along the shore

Having traveled from the lowlands of the Netherlands, Joanne van Helvoort hiked the Himalayan foothills hoping to find a panoramic viewpoint of the highest mountain in the world. Masumi Orihara heard the echoes of cowbells in Nepal. Amy Losak sensed fear in Teaneck, New Jersey.

low lying clouds

the lodge owner sells posters

of Everest

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surefooted among

the yak and donkey

trekking the Himalayas

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the smell of fear--

a hawk swoops down

from the mountain

Ramona Linke sought shelter, just as a sudden, turbulent wind rolled down a mountainside toward her home in Germany. John Hawkhead is at a loss of how to stabilize his home in Bradford on Avon, U.K. Radostina Dragostinova seeks solitude.

katabatic wind

the shadeless circles

of our silence

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drought or flood

we cannot predict

our daughter’s mood

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hiking trails

another friendship request

on Facebook

Mountain lodgings can be referred to as a camp, cabin, chalet, lodge or bungalow. Tomislav Maretic calls his summer house: “a cottage, atop Sljeme mountain near Zagreb.”

chrysanthemum throne--

the autumn moon as seen

from my cottage

The terms haikuists use for their summer homes around the world’s mountains are varied, but not estranged. Ian Willey hikes the meadows and mountain valleys near Takamatsu, Kagawa. Mount Yashima is a flat-topped mountain just outside of his city where Japanese clans battled in the 12th century.

tent instructions--

a meadowlark

improvises

The Emperor announced Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, bringing wartime hostilities to an end. To this day, Satoru Kanematsu is reminded of ghastly visions of fallen soldiers requiring medical assistance.

Battle scene--

melting in the cornet

my ice cream

Suzuki recalled the roaring flames from jet planes taking off from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa.

Summer thistle--

longer by a little

GI haircut

Gordana Vlasic remembered the end of the Croatian War of Independence in 1995. Aljosa Vukovic lives in the old fortress town of Sibenik, Croatia.

on the bench

under the Green Moon

ends the War

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droplets of sweat

on drought-cracked earth

across a wasteland

In rural communities small bonfires are lit to welcome ancestral spirits back home during the Bon festival held mid-August. The wavering firelight casts the warm shadows of folk dancers over the harvested fields. Josephine LoRe looked to the tiny fires in the sky over Alberta to create a haiku in the spirit of honoring war veterans. Mike Gallagher hangs on to a curled brown sepia photo in Ireland.

against twilight sky

poppy petals softly drop

one by one

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old friends

faint now

as their photos

Liz Gibbs wrote a poem to salute the few remaining World War veterans in Canada who “are slowly leaving us, aged and tired from battles fought.” The young Calgary-based haikuist adds that “we cling to them and fear their departure from our lives.”

a lone cane drops ...

the only sound heard

after the last post

After the war, her grandfather painted somber-colored memories recalling the 45,000 fellow soldiers who died in the war. On D-Day, 359 Canadians died taking Juno Beach so that Allied nations could liberate Paris by Aug. 25, 1944. Satoru Kanematsu was struck by the contrast of myriad greens with the ashes from fires earlier this year in Paris. That tragic news from France was painful to Murasaki Sagano even though her memories of the Notre-Dame de Paris that she visited 40 years ago have faded away.

Fresh verdure--

the grand cathedral

has burnt down

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Ringing bells

echo in Paris

lilac in pain

Reka Nyitrai offers a two-line prayer for those who died near the end of World War II.

sunflowers holding a moment of silence ...

Hiroshima

Zdenka Mlinar’s haiku laments the loss of his rustic lifestyle and the pastoral scenes near Zagreb, Croatia. Bob Butkus, a retired campus principal at Vancouver Island University, snapped a photograph of burning skies in the direction of the Pacific Ocean and fused it with this haiku to create a stunning haiga.

water bombs

extinguish the fiery tongues

and summer idyll

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after sunset

clouds still

smoulder

Cooler winds arrived in Ezio Infantino’s beautiful village of Tricarico in the Lucan Dolomite mountains that are said to reach heaven.

The hot wind--

for a moment autumn

over the shoulders

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Mountains rise from http://www.asahi.com/ajw/special/haiku/. The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears Aug. 30. Readers are invited to send haiku about Frankenstein or other chilling ghost stories on a postcard to David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or email 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).