Rodney WilliamsRodney Williams

Born 1956 in Australia
Living in Trafalgar, within the Gippsland region of Victoria, in south-eastern Australia

Rodney Williams has been Secretary of the Australian Haiku Society since mid-2014. His poems in Japanese short-forms and longer genres have been published in various journals/ collections over the last decade, at home and overseas. In 2013, Ginninderra Press (Port Adelaide) released his book A bird-loving man: haiku and tanka.  The first fifteen haiku included here were also included in his book.

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shotgun blast –
nothing falls from the sky
except silence

bottle rockets 16, February 2007

 

a flame robin
lands on the spade handle –
new snowdrops

Stylus Poetry Journal 25 (Australia), April 2007
– Later, selected for “Haiku in Australia”, The Haiku Foundation (USA), 2016

 

cloud shadows
pass over the bald hill –
buzz of flies

– Frogpond 30.1, Fall/ Winter 2007
– Later, included in Third Australian Haiku Anthology (paper wasp, Brisbane, 2011)

 

a fox barks
at the high-plains moon –
creek brisk with thaw

Famous Reporter 36 (Australia), December 2007

 

glimpse of dolphin
beyond the river mouth . . .
friends a youth ago

– From “In driftwood – A haiku/ tanka interchange from Byron Bay and the NSW Northern Rivers”, Stylus Poetry Journal 28 (Australia), 2008
– Later, included in Third Australian Haiku Anthology (paper wasp, Brisbane, 2011)
– Subsequently, featured in “Re: Virals 34”, The Haiku Foundation (USA), 2016

 

the ewe
nudges her lamb once more –
ravens cawing

The Heron’s Nest,  Vol. XI, No. 3, September 2009

 

cave door in the cliff –
a fairy martin dips
into darkness

Notes from the Gean, Issue 1, June 2009
– Later, included in Third Australian Haiku Anthology (paper wasp, Brisbane, 2011)

 

twilight – 
already today
is electric 


le crépuscule –
déjà aujourd’hui
est électrique

Presence  41, 2010

 

barn owl blinking . . .
a lamp flickers
in the broodmare’s stall

Acorn (USA), Fall 2010
– Later, selected for “Haiku in Australia”, The Haiku Foundation (USA), 2016

 

that same sweet phrase –
rustling through leaf mulch
a song thrush

FreeXpresSion (Australia), July 2010
– Later, selected for “Haiku in Australia”, The Haiku Foundation (USA), 2016

 

forest track –
before a summer storm
the smell of charcoal

Shamrock Haiku Journal 17, 2011

 

an old man
walking an old dog –
Ninety Mile Beach

Notes from the Gean  Volume 3, Issue 1, June 2011

 

stockmen’s hut
by the high-plains track
a wild horse snorts

A Hundred Gourds  1.1 (Australia et al), December 2011
– Later, selected for “Haiku in Australia”, The Haiku Foundation (USA), 2016

 

the main canal
flooding reclaimed fields . . .
no time for tears

A Hundred Gourds  1.2 (Australia et al), March 2012
– Later, selected for “Haiku in Australia”, The Haiku Foundation (USA), 2016

 

shingle beach . . .
trying out its third couple
a dog lost at dusk

– From “Between headlands – a haiku string from New Zealand’s North and South and Stewart Islands”, Kokako 16 (New Zealand), March 2012
– Later, appeared in “Per diem” selection of Australian haiku for The Haiku Foundation (USA), December 2015
– Subsequently, included in “Haiku in Australia”, The Haiku Foundation (USA), 2016

 

torchlight walk –
trading looks of surprise
with a wallaby

Commended, FreeXpresSion Haiku Contest (Australia), 2013

 

Christmas Eve . . .
a glimmer of moonlight
on the settling pond

Windfall  3 (Australia), 2014

 

the scent of new-mown hay
raked into rows . . .
horse-tail clouds

Second place, FreeXpresSion Haiku Contest (Australia), 2015

 

soldiers in bronze by the shrine tai chi

paper wasp  (Australia), Autumn, 2015

 

lens in focus –
the eastern water dragon
tilts its head

A Hundred Gourds  4.2 March 2015

 

dusk on the cape . . .
the last fisherman
shoulders his rod

A Vast Sky (USA), 2015

 

the one steep rise
on this same dirt road
that hawk once more

Windfall  4 (Australia), 2015

 

New Year countdown –
before any fireworks
stars glint on the lake

Commended, the 2015 Little Haiku Contest, Iris Haiku Magazine, Three Rivers Haiku Association (Croatia)

 

inhaling deeply
at the kitchen doorstep . . .
summer rain

Honourable Mention, Betty Drevniok Award 2016, Haiku Canada

 

open garden day –
swallows weave across lawns
between guests

Honourable Mention, Betty Drevniok Award 2016, Haiku Canada