H. Gene Murtha

Born 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Lived in New Jersey, USA
19 October 1955 – 9 October 2015

summer haze –
a crow flaps free
of the asphalt

Frogpond, vol. XXVII:1, 2004

 

dawn bumps the Jesus fish

 Runner up, Innovated category,  Haiku Now 2010

 

spring mist –
a mallard paddles
through our stillborn's ashes

The Heron's Nest, vol. 4:11 Valentine Award issue, (Special Mention Haiku)
Mad Poet's Review,  vol. 17 Memorial Day, 2005

 

dawn
caught in a dewdrop –
the empty swing

The Heron's Nest, vol. V:2 Memorial Day, 2005

 

sudden chill . . .
he slips into
his daughter's bed

Moongarlic vol. 1:1

 

forty-six years
writing my name
yellow in snow

TempsLibre,  July, 2002

 

morning dew
I trace my son's
        lifeline

The Heron's Nest, vol. VII:1

 

fishing
where my brother stood –
twilight chill

The Heron's Nest, vol. VIII:3
The Heron's Nest Award, 2006, (Special Mention Haiku)

 

Berlin Wall 
a smooth stone
in my pocket

The Heron's Nest, vol. VI:9 
Haiku in English, the first hundred years

 

dreary day
a black walnut 
gnawed white

The Heron's Nest, vol. VIII:2

 

morning chill
a child's shadow 
moves thru mine

The Heron's Nest, vol. X:4

 

fresh snow . . .
the things we do
no one speaks of

Mainichi Daily Haiku, March 13, 2009

 

subway wall . . .
a poem about
     butterflies

Asahi Weekly #1871, Sunday, June 7, 2009

 

least bittern . . .
I hold the paddle tight
against the current

 The Heron's Nest, vol. XII:3

 

if purple 
were my color . . .
twilight snow

The Heron's Nest, vol. XI:2

 

it's all
I ever wanted . . .
fireflies

The Heron's Nest, vol. XIV:4

 

pond shimmer
there not there 
     grebes

The Heron's Nest, vol.  XIV:2

 

deep in thought
the pitcher plant
wide open

The Heron's Nest, vol. XII:4

 

if i could
start all over . . .
pink lady slipper

The Heron's Nest, vol. XV:3

 

 

Indian summer
a bee bounces around
in the beer can

The Heron's Nest, vol. V:12