Sondra J. Byrnes

Sondra J. Byrnes

Living in Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA

Her poetry has been published in Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, Ribbons, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Moongarlic, among others. Byrnes, together with Charles Trumbull, started the Santa Fe Haiku Study Group in February 2015.  She was elected Secretary of the Haiku Society of America in 2015 and serves on the Planning Committee for Haiku North America 2017 in Santa Fe.  Byrnes is a retired law and business professor from the University of Notre Dame; she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Along with short form poetry, Byrnes is interested in ikebana and chanoyu.  


stepping stones
through the moss—
becoming smaller

zen space summer 2013 showcase


tender leaves
just opened--
his timid pass

Modern Haiku issue 44:3 summer 2013


falling star--
from a long line
of if onlys

the zen space (Autumn 2013 Showcase)


his cracker crumbs—
when did i start
to notice?

Prune Juice November 2013


fallen leaves—
we shift from being us
to you and me

cattails December 2013


brand management--

the holes in her



cattails December 2013


the sisters braid

each other's stories--

strawberry fields


The Heron’s Nest (March 2014)



a narrow road



A Hundred Gourds 3:2 (March 2014)


snow moon—

each wave tucks

itself in


Acorn (Spring 2014)


on eggshells--

choosing the right

recycle bin


cattails (may 2014)


winter stormwatch

six to nine inches more

of meditation


cattails (may 2014)


crowded tokyo subway

the murmuration of souls



moongarlic 2 (May 2014)




between letting go

and alighting


kernelsonline editor’s choice Spring 2013


polished smooth

by poetry—

the rough moon


Notes from the Gean June 2013



my knees

won’t stop talking


tiny words September 30, 2013


that pizza pan—

every cut

you or me


South by Southeast Summer 2013


her blind date—

not enough spice

in the ratatouille


zen space summer 2013


weeds fill the cracks

in the sidewalk—

his lying ways


Modern Haiku Summer 2013



i accept

every blow


A Hundred Gourds December 2013


harvest moon—

even if that was all

there was


European Kukai Autumn 2013 first place


california poppies—

the faint scent

of asphalt


zen space autumn 2013


eating alone—

can they see

my hunger?


Prune Juice November 2013


the rain

suddenly quiet--

first snow


cattails December 2013


thanksgiving dinner—

the family eats



cattails December 2013


a wrong answer

in the third grade—

lingering clouds


frogpond Winter 2014



winter solstice—

i chip the darkness

off my toast



Shiki International Kukai Winter 2013 first place