Priscilla Lignori

 

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
(Ban'ya Natsuishi's anthology)

 

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
(Ban'ya Natsuichi's anthology)

 

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
(Ban'ya Natsuichi's anthology)

 

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

 


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

 

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