Rita OdehRita Odeh

Born 1960 in Nazareth, Israel
Resides in Nazareth, Israel
Website/Blog: http://rita-odeh.blogspot.com/

I have B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Haifa University. I am a high school teacher for English and Creative Writing in my town. I write poetry, short stories, novels and literary articles. I am fond of writing short poems, haiku, tanka and creating haiga. Many of my poems and short stories, as well as some literary articles and book reviews and translated texts, have been published in a number of journals and newspapers in my country as well as online journals. I was chosen to be a contributor for Daily Haiku in the 5th cycle: April 2008 to September 2008. My haiku have been published in Daily Haiku, Simply Haiku, tinywords and other journals.


 

winter twilight –
another wave explodes
in the gull's voice

Notes from the Gean, April 2013 

 

turquoise sky –
the sunflower turns
towards dawn

The 107th WHA Haiga Contest , March 2013 

 

bedroom mirror –
the coldness of that dangling
single breast

Third prize, Sharpening the Green Pencil, April 2013 

 

distant gunfire –
ivy leaves creep along
the old ruins

Daily Haiga, April 2013  
World Haiku Anthology: A Vast Sky, 2013

 

the parallel lines
of the railroad tracks-
missing you

LYNX, xxv111:2, June 2012 

 

wailing wall –
the priest leans against
his own shadow

Notes from the Gean 17, March 2013  
World Haiku Anthology: A Vast Sky, 2013 

 

cricket song . . .
the full moon with
a gray halo

 

 

 

behind the door,

another door . . .

winter solitude


Multiverses1.1-Haiku , 2013 

 

cloudy morning –

a kite flies higher

than its string


Daily Haiku(May 12,2008)
tinywords(2007-04-13)

 

distant gunfire –

the flying geese

get louder


Haiku News,Vol. 2 No. 8,18 Februray 2013 

 

a fly

in the spider’s web –

refugee tent


Haiku News,Vol. 2 No. 5 ,January 28th, 2013 

 

being at one

with my mirror reflection . . .

50th birthday


Honorable Mention, 16th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2012) 

 

peace talk –
 
the third crow

of a rooster
 
 
Daily Haiku(August 04, 2008)
 Haiku News, Vol. 1 No. 41(October 22nd, 2012) 

 

checkpoint at dawn –

workers and sparrows

lined up in the terminal


The Heron’s Nest, Volume XIV, Number 3 ( September, 2012) 

 

back to sleep,

dreaming of the same

small grape


Simply Haiku 10:1, Summer 2012 

 

dispersing fog –

a tiny tongue rings

the old bell


Simply Haiku 10:1, Summer 2012 

 

a butterfly

becomes the tree's

handkerchief


Simply Haiku 10:1, Summer 2012 

 

digging holes
in the sand, the crab
and i


Simply Haiku 10:1, Summer 2012 

 

spring breeze –

a torn kite flows

with the river


Notes from the Gean 4:1, June 2012 

 

harbor breeze –

a white handkerchief

floats in the air


Paper Wasp 18, (2) 2012 

 

cloudy morning –

a kite flies higher
 
than its string

 


Daily Haiku(May 12,2008)
tinywords, April 13, 2007
The Haiku Society of America,2012 Members’ Anthology  

 

waning moon –

on her mourning dress,

a white pacifier


Daily Haiku(August 05, 2008)

 

cherry blossoms . . .
a child asks
if they are real

Sakura Award Winner, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2008)

 

crowded park –

a couple hugs

in my shadow


Daily Haiku(August 08, 2008)

 

refugee camp –

sculpting the tree trunk

into a cross


Simply Haiku(Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2)

 

borders –

sparrows fly above

the rusty barbwire



Simply Haiku(Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2)

 

Camp –

she asks her father

"What is a refugee?"


Daily Haiku(June 23,2008)

 

autumn morning –

strutting behind his shadow

the old turkey



 First Place, Shiki Monthly Kukai Kigo Section (November 2007) 

 

that full moon –
a coin falls into
the beggar's palm

Daily Haiku (May 15,2008) 

 

winter solitude –
only a sparrow
to share my meal

tinywords (2007-02-16) 

 

after a
long night . . .
the morning glory

Daily Haiku (September 15, 2008)

 

by the river . . .
my rough dream drifts
towards the sea

Daily Haiku (May 14,2008) 

 

a rainy night –
even without sandals
the clouds jog

World Kigo Database, 2006

 

sparrows . . .
behind the hill singing
of lost identity 

 

 

 

Romeo and Juliet-

the seat next to me

remains vacant


Daily Haiku(August 03, 2008) 

 

autumn storm –

the old pine inclines

towards dawn


Kernels, first issue ,Spring 2013 

 

an ant eater digs

his tongue into a bunker . . .

war attack


Kernels, first issue ,Spring 2013 

 

deepening dusk –

he keeps counting

the tents


Haiku News,Vol. 2 No. 16, May 6th, 2013 

 

high noon –

chasing a butterfly

among ruins


Notes from the Gean monthly haiku journal, May 2013

 

river hut –

birdsongs rise from

the willow


Asahi, May 3,2013

 

checkpoint at dawn –

the field of sunflowers

facing darkness


Notes from the Gean monthly haiku journal, July 2013

 

swept along

to the elephant's shadow . . .

willow leaves


Third Place, May 2013, International Kukai No.14 

 

homeless . . .

a bee drifts asleep

on a poppy 


A Hundred Gourds 2:3 June 2013  

 

divorce hearing –

nothing on the surface

but a duck's butt 


A Hundred Gourds 2:3 June 2013  

 

distant sun –

falling into a wren’s

fading song


Daily Haiga,4 June 2013 

 

dawn stillness . . .

a bluebird reappears near

the ancient walls


7th place, April 2013, International Kukai

 

distant explosion –

the quick click of her

knitting needles


Fifth Place,January 2011,Shiki Kukai 

 

fallen petals . . .

drops of wetness gleam

on the stalk



First Place, Caribbean Kigo Kukai, CKK #43, June 2013

 

moonless sky –

military raincoats hung

on a bamboo fence


First Place, Caribbean Kigo Kukai: CKK #44,July 2013 

 

homeless child –

painting a cherry tree

on the bomber


Honorable Mention, Sakura Awards 2013 

 

war talk –

the two roosters eye

each other


First Place, Shiki Monthly Kukai Kigo Section (July 2012)