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)


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


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)