NikaNika

Born 1946, Spokane, Washington, USA
Current Residence: Victoria, BC, Canada
Nika is the pen name of retired educator Jim Force. He currently writes with The Heron’s Quill in Victoria where he is a member of Haiku Arbutus. His haiku have been widely published in magazines and anthologies. He has published two chapbooks: frogs singing (1993) and snail my friend (2015).


 

after the rain
from puddle to puddle
red rubber boots

Time Pieces: Haiku Week-at-a-Glance, Calendar – 4/12 1994

 

ah, the joy
of walking naked . . .
summer rain

Modern Haiku, Vol. XXIV:1 1993

 

children
chasing butterflies
distant thunder

Basho Festival Dedicatory Anthology  Vol. 48, 1994

 

country road
at the end of the straight stretch
three wooden crosses

Frogpond, Vol. XVII:3 Autumn, 1994

 

desert heat
  echoing red
    canyon walls

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 3:2, 1993

 

dreams of women
the kind mother disapproves of
                      . . . morning dew

Raw Nervz Haiku  Vol. 1:3 Fall, 1994

 

driftwood knot        staring back

Black Before the Sun, November, 1993
Honourable mention award 1993 International Poetry Contest
New Zealand Poetry Society

 

endless cold
all day the bag-lady
rides the train

Tidepool #11, 1994

 

first green leaves
how I envy
my younger self

Asahi Haikuist Network 29 April 2016

 

flower gazing
the garden goes
unweeded

Akitsu Quarterly  Summer, 2016

 

the great Buddha too
suffers the indiscretions
of city pigeons

Woodpecker Vol. 1:1, Autumn, 1995

 

the great Buddha too
suffers the indiscretions
of city pigeons

Woodpecker Vol. 1:1, Autumn, 1995

 

half lotus . . .
the constant drone
of flies

World Haiku Review August, 2011

 

long day’s trek
against the elements
against myself

Haiku Headlines #70 January, 1994

 

lowering myself
deeper . . . into
her warmth

World Haiku Review June, 2016

 

morning moon
the mockingbird’s wing
lures a white moth

Albatross Vol. IV: 1&2, Spring & Summer, 1995

 

morning moon
why grandpa why
a morning moon

Failed Haiku #8 August 2016

 

new-born calf
the dog devours
the afterbirth

Tidepool # 11 1994

 

oh worms
enjoy this withered flesh
after I am gone

Haiku Canada 20th Anniversary Holographic Anthology, 1997

 

the old tom cat
licking feathers from his chin
in the morning sun

Sparrow # 15 & 16, Autumn-Winter 1996

 

rising moon
new-born calf discovers
its legs

Haiku Spirit #4 November, 1995

 

spring rain . . .
how empty this pond
without frog sound

Haiku Canada Review  October 2015

 

sudden chill
awaiting fresh tea
this empty cup

Frogpond Vol. XVIII:3 Autumn, 1995

 

summer rain
rodeo cowboy
rising from the mud

Modern Haiku  Vol. XXV:1, 1994