Priscilla Lignori

Born 1953 in Brooklyn, New York USA
Living in Montgomery, New York USA

 

flowering dogwood—
mother’s belongings all fit
into one suitcase

First Place - Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest 2016

 

A lighter blue than
the morning glory that closed—
his hospital gown

The Mainichi (November 24, 2016)

 

His motion maintained
by slow powerful strokes—
flight of the blue heron

The Mainichi (October 20, 2016)


Night of the new moon—
over the Catskill mountains
clouds pass by like dreams

The Mainichi (March 28, 2016)

 

The last drops of milk
poured into an empty glass—
sound of melting snow

Asahi Haikuist Network (February 17, 2017)

 

The Wallkill River—
wild geese descend one by one
on icy water

Asahi Haikuist Network (January 20, 2017)

 

Tying the last knot
on the new cord rosary—
end of the debate

Asahi Haikuist Network (November 4, 2016)

 

Lingering longer
than usual, they are now
autumn butterflies

Asahi Haikuist Network (October 21, 2016)

 

Announcing nightfall
or perhaps the fall of man--
departing wild geese

Asahi Haikusit Network (October 21, 2016)

 

The weathervane’s still
though there’s movement in the air—
blackbird migration

Asahi Haikuist Network (November 4, 2016)

 

September birthday—
amid the gifts and wishes
lengthening shadows

Asahi Haikuist Network (September 30, 2016)

 

Ancient transmissions—
mosquitoes spread malalria
with a single bite

Asahi Haikuist Network (August 5, 2016)

 

Alone at the beach—
the ocean waves move closer
an inch at a time

Asahi Haikuist Network (July 15, 2016)

 

Ready for dinner—
fly on the kitchen table
rubs two of its legs

Asahi Haikuist Network (July 1, 2016)

 

Trip to the Catskills—
the wind and each bump we hit
jiggles the canoe

Asahi Haikuist Network (May 20, 2016)

 

Late into the night
reading haiku from Buson—
hazy moon of spring

Asahi Haikuist Network (May 20, 2016)

 

Holy Saturday—
a hazy moon standing guard
above the graveyard

Asahi Haikuist Network (April 15, 2016)

 

Turkey family—
found wobbling across the field
chasing after spring

Asahi Haikuist Network (April 15, 2016 )

 

The newborn grasses
tickle the soles of my feet—
childhood once again …

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

 

Dead tree in the marsh—
inside its small hole the blue
of a swallow’s head

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

 

Bumping each other
as they land on the same bloom—
two large bumblebees

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

 

Buckling the child in—
a butterfly flutters by
with sun on its wings

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

On the same branch, at
the same time, they bloom and die —
purple petunias

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

 

Morning glory vine
in search for something to hold
begins its long climb

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)

 

A stand by the road—
chrysanthemums for sale, and
one free butterfly

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)

 

A town board meeting
autumn wind shuffles the leaves
in the parking lot

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)


Through the winter fog

distant shapes come into view —
deer crossing the road

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)


The new year begins
a junco and I sit still 
for a miracle

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)


Sitting in the vase

with nothing to celebrate—
the blue irises

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016

 

Stirring the waters
with the black canoe paddle—
the white clouds are bent

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


At home in the dark—

the pale moon and the horned owl
watching from the tree

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


Under autumn stars

I'm smaller than the pebble
stuck inside my shoe

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


Readying for bed—

one last glance out the window
at the wind-blown snow

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


Acorns at my feet

and a few in my pocket —
a walk in the woods

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


A sudden warming —

sap flows out of the maple
from one of its wounds

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


A walk in the woods
suddenly a shift in mood —
bluebird on a branch

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016

 

More visible now—
the robin's nest left behind
in the maple tree

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016

 

an awakening —
the frogs as the morning sun
fills all crevices

World Haiku (2015 No. 11) World Haiku Association

 

a gentle spring wind —
cattails are undecided
which way to move

World Haiku (2015 No. 11) World Haiku Association


lilies of the valley 
exist without a worry 
but only briefly

World Haiku (2015 No. 11) World Haiku Association


Keeping a light on

for guests who are coming late—
watchful harvest moon

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1)  October 23, 2016


At the polling place —

reaching into my purse to
find my new glasses

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1)  October 23, 2016


The calls of wild geese —

waking to the autumn moon
also departing

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1)  October 23, 2016


A good walking stick

as we hike the rocky trail—
the fallen tree branch

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


Becoming one arm—

the paddle and the one who
moves it in the lake

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

Park closes at dusk —
already the hooting owl
is pitying me

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


Stepping on shadows

more than a hundred years old—
walk along the pines

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


On the precipice

all the leaves turning yellow
remind me of me

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


A walk in the rain

sidestepping all the puddles
and slippery leaves

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


Autumn butterflies—

I'm guided towards the field
prayer beads in hand

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

Night sky split open—
with the last swing of the axe
stars are shaken lose

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

Undressing the corn
golden hairs on the counter
and the kitchen floor

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


Shots heard in the dark
and the moon's so far away—
coyote hunting

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


At the coffeehouse

all the instruments are tuned—
winter’s crescent moon

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Sunday morning’s moon—
it near slipped into the arms
of a snowy pine

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Under the weather
I sit by the bedroom window
counting snow flurries

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Brief enlightenment—
frog leaps out of the water
and touches the earth

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Ready to respond
I search through the cluttered desk
for the Christmas card

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

The snow's piling up—
my new year resolutions
keep getting weaker

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Unable to see
the depth of his own blackness—
crow standing on ice

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Nothing's what it seems 
in the world of men — I turn 
to the summer moon

World Haiku Review, August 2014
Second Place, Shintai

 

Summer reverie — 
a sailboat travels through stars 
scattered on the sea

World Haiku Review, August 2014 
Honorable Mention

 

An afternoon nap 
cicada in the background 
slips into my dream

Ko Magazine 
Spring/Summer 2014

 

Bloomed magnolia tree
a man lifts his daughter up
to smell a blossom

World Haiku Review, April 2014 
Honorable Mention

 

On the cutting board—
chopping scallions and garlic
and all my worries

Ko Magazine 
Spring/Summer 2014

 

In the midst of war the wind blows 
wildflower seeds 
across the border

World Haiku Review, August 2014
Honorable Mention

 

Waking to the song 
of the white-throated sparrow— 
holy week begins

The Mainichi 
June 5, 2014

 

April shower
recounting the morning's dreams 
under the covers

World Haiku Review
April 2014

 

Atop village trees 
the blackbirds are whispering—
walk on Good Friday

Asahi Haikuist Network 
May 16, 2014

 

Pondering their fate 
in the time of fireflies— 
the war in Gaza

World Haiku Review
August 2014

 

Private property 
leaves from the leaning oak tree
are now trespassing

World Haiku 2014
(Ban'ya Natsuishi anthology)

 

I’m out of the woods—
searching for the spider web
that clings to my skin

Ko Magazine 
Autumn-Winter 2014

I cannot read one 
without thinking of Shiki—
persimmon haiku

Asahi Haikuist Network
October 31, 2014

 

A winter morning— 
chanting and a tea kettle
whistling out of tune

Ko Magazine 
Autumn/Winter 2014

 

Peeling potatoes 
the cat rolls on his backside 
and lets out a yawn

Asahi Haikuist Network 
October 17, 2014

 

The great blue heron
waits until the canoe's closer
to fly far away

The Mainichi 
November 27, 2014

 

Expecting a frost-—
the dahlias are now sitting
in the living room

Asahi Haikuist Network 
December 5, 2014

 

A cold winter rain
sizzling in the frying pan
sweet potato fries

The Mainichi 
March 26, 2014

 

So full of itself 
the winter moon spills on all 
the slippery roads

World Haiku Review
January 2014

 

along the river 
students set up their easels 
the scent of wild grape

2015 Tokutomi Memorial Contest Second Place

 

Passing the gold thread  
through the needle's eye, spring sun
enters the closed blinds

Basho Festival Contest Certificate October 2015

 

arm of the cross —
temporary resting place
for the wandering crow

World Haiku Review, Summer 2015 
First Place - Vanguard Haiku

 

A winter bonus-—
two extra grandchildren at
the dinner table...

Asahi Haikuist Network December 18, 2015

 

They'll never fit me  
but I still hold on to them —
mother's wool slippers

Ko Magazine Autumn-Winter 2015

 

As the sun beats down 
a great murmur from the lake 
from the melting ice

Asahi Haikuist Network   March 06, 2015

 

after the snowstorm 
not a bird in sight and still  
sound of the crow’s call

World Haiku 2015 edited by Ban'ya Natsuishi'


Crimson dragonfly —
alights on the fishing pole 
of the dozing man
 
Ko Magazine Autumn-Winter 2015

 

Slipping a green stone
inside my empty pocket
turns my luck around

The Mainichi July 21, 2015

 

Always wandering —
my cat inside the kitchen
outside, autumn leaves

Ko Magazine Autumn-Winter 2015

 

forsythia buds —
countless golden beginnings 
on a single branch

World Haiku Review  Summer 2015

 

As the sun goes round 
migrants traverse the desert 
of the human heart

Asahi Haikuist Network September 18, 2015

 

The tiger lily--
once it opens its mouth
has at least six tongues

The Mainichi October 8, 2015

 

the path turns to mud — 
great hope of catching a glimpse 
of the waking frogs

World Haiku Review, Summer, 2015  Honorable Mention

 

Vernal equinox —
the darker moments erased
from our memories...

Asahi Haikuist Network  March 20, 2015

 

Quietly we wait  
on a rock inside the woods  
for the frogs to call

Ko Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

 

a hike in the woods — 
the walking stick can’t save me  
from the mosquitoes

World Haiku 2015 edited by Ban'ya Natsuishi

 

The closer I get 
to the yellow tulips 
the lonelier I am

Ko Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

 

The tide's coming in
and children's glee gets louder —
sunset in Cape Cod

Asahi Haikuist Network  August 7, 2015

 

Stretching their long necks — 
wild turkeys as they climb up 
a steep embankment

Ko Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

 

unexpectedly 
they rise to the occasion   
potted sunflowers

World Haiku 2015 -  edited by Ban'ya Natsuichi'

 

Missing the spruce tree 
that stood between the others —
dusk on Father's Day

Ko Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

 

Birds have taken leave
and the wind keeps blowing leaves
every which way

Asahi Haikuist Network November 6, 2015

 

Inside the clear pond
along with dozens of leaves
the clouds have fallen

Ko Magazine Autumn-Winter 2015

 

Subway to Brooklyn—
returning once again to
the place of my birth

Asahi Haikuist Network  January 16, 2015


The burial done
waiting on the car windshield
white apple blossoms

Honorable Mention
2014 Tokutomi Memorial Contest

 



 

 

Bleached by the sunlight 

though its roots are in the dark 

wheat turns into gold

 

Basho Festival Contest, October 2013 
First Place  

 

Restless as the wind 

the shirt hanging on the line

by a mere clothespin

 

World Haiku Review August 2010 

 

Stuck inside itself 

until it’s cut open—

the watermelon

 

World Haiku Review August 2010

 

So soft to the touch

but harder than my own bones—

the weathered beach stone

 

The Mainichi Contest 2011 Honorable Mention 

 

A spider and I

come out from under the weight

of the paperwork

 

World Haiku Review August 2010 

 

Once it gets started 

steam from the boiling water 

joins the fresh spring air 

 

World Haiku Festival 2010 in Nagasaki 
First Place: Us Fleet Activity Sasebo Commander Award
Haiku Competition: General Category

 

Mid-winter break—

vultures gather on the roof 

of old college building

 

The Mainichi March 18, 2013

 

On a winter hike

trailing behind unnoticed -

everyone’s shadow

 

World Haiku Review January 2011

 

The moon disappears—

singing the sun into being

cardinal at dawn 

 

Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts 
Vol 1 No. 2  August 2013

 

The girl on a swing 

touches the cloudless blue sky 

with her bare feet

 

The Mainichi  June 12, 2013

 

Shaking their rattles 

cicada calls come and go 

with the summer breeze 

 

World Haiku Review August 2013  

 

Under the sun’s gaze—

I doze on the green hammock

all wrapped up in knots

 

World Haiku Review August 2013 

 

On kitchen table

a small handful of acorns—

granddaughter visit


Asahi Haikuist Network July 19, 2013

 

As the stream narrows  

inside the snowy forest—

the stones take over


Ko Magazine Autumn/Winter 2013

 

Spring sun at my desk

illuminates the dark print 

of the newspaper


World Haiku Review, April 2012
Third Place, Neo-Classical

 

It has climbed so high

that it can never get down—

the moonflower vine


World Haiku 2013 (Ban'ya Natsuichi's anthology)

 

Holding onto dreams—

glass paperweight with tiny 

hand-painted flowers


Ko Magazine Spring/Summer 2013 

 

Summer at grandma's—

music box in the attic 

plays "Edelweiss" 


The Mainichi September 5, 2012

 

Pulling himself up

onto a log, turtle wastes

another warm day


Ko Magazine Spring/Summer 2013

 

A gust of spring wind 


ruffles the distinguished crest


of the cardinal


World Haiku Review April 2013 

 

News of the break-up—

a split pomegranate bleeds 

on the cutting board 


World Haiku Review December 2012 

 

A winter evening—

lid on the simmering stew 

shakes once in a while 


Ko Magazine Autumn/Winter 2011

 

Caressed by the wind—

leaves of the sycamore tree

and the children’s hair


Asahi Haikuist Network  August 30, 2013

 

Early winter rain— 

playing solitaire with 

the cat on my lap


World Haiku Review December 2012  

 

Waking up at dawn—

the year's first sunrise and I 

stretch by the window 

 

Asahi Haikuist Network Jan 20, 2012

 

Born in still water–

a frog rests on the surface

of a restless world

 

World Haiku Review, April 2013
2nd Place, Neo Classical

 

On a spring evening

losing all of its edges

the stone church steeple

 

Ko Magazine Spring/Summer 2011
Basho Festival Certificate Contest 2011

 

Between the gravestones

where the lawnmower can't reach–

purple irises

 

World Haiku Review August 2011

 

For one long moment

before it crashes, the kite

dances with the wind

 

Ko Magazine Spring/Summer 2011

 

Left out in the rain

it is now filled up–teacup

near the petunias

 

Asahi Hakuist Network May 31, 2013

 

With the world at rest

the firefly becomes busy

lighting the darkness

 

World Haiku Review
August 2011

 

A small ladybug

escorted into the night

on my husband's thumb

 

World Haiku Review August 2012
Third Place, Shintai

 

Summer supermoon–

horses run at full gallop

inside the fenced field

 

The Mainichi August 30, 2013

 

Summer day visit–

so cold the marble stone

on my father’s grave

 

World Haiku Review August 2010

 

Yesterday’s paper

inside the wood-burning stove–

an evening at home

 

World Haiku Festival 2010 in Nagasaki Haiku Competition: General Category

 

On Veteran's Day

leaves and the flag are alike

to the blowing wind

 

World Haiku Review  December 2011
First Place, Vanguard Haiku

 

Where the cornstalks were–

a hundred crows have landed

nodding their dark heads

 

World Haiku 2013 (Ban'ya's yearly anthology)

 

Chanting a sutra

from the corner of my eye

the silence of snow

 

Basho Festival Certificate Contest 2012

 

Owl in the village

hoots as we sort photographs

reviewing the year

 

Asahi Hakuist Network Jan 6. 2012

 

Deep conversation

and not a single word said–

sparrows in winter

 

World Haiku Review December 2011