Maria Tomczak

Living in Opole, Poland
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family reunion
the Great Wall of China
has missing puzzle pieces

Chrysanthemum 19, April 2016


funeral service
on the coffin jumps
spring rain

The Mainichi, April 2016


still life
between the sketchbook pages
the kireji

Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2016


mackerel sky
a yogi turns the horizon
upside down

Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2016


winter field
the crows devour
the last light

Little Haiku Contest, Third Prize


hand-knitted scarf
the length
of her sleepless night

Shiki Monthly Kukai February 2016, 1st Place


the smell of fresh laundry
on the wind

A Hundred Gourds, 5:1 December 2015


mountain trek
the stream cooling
our shadows

Cattails, January 2016


open window
from the nearby bakery
a night shift smell

Cattails, January 2016


cold gust of wind
goose bumps on my skin
and the lake’s surface

“Akita – the Land of Poetry” vol.7


hospice silence
an old yogi salutes the sun
in his mind

European Quarterly Kukai #12 - Winter 2015, 3rd place


chemo center door
she strokes the sunlight
in her wig

Akitsu Quarterly, Winter 2015


chess match
another leaf falls
in slow motion

Frogpond 38.3, Fall 2015


skylark song
my sumi-e cherry branch
starts to blossom

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2015, Honourable Mention


Cold Moon
she pulls silver hair
out of the brush

Modern Haiku, 46:3 Autumn 2015


the lingering silence
after diagnosis

The Mainichi, November 2015


endless rain
from the old radio
still the same hum

A Hundred Gourds, 4:4 September 2015


ripened grapes
the midday sun
closed inside

Cattails, September 2015, Editor's Choice


after the divorce
our patchwork quilt
starts to unravel

Cattails, September 2015


moonless sky
a crow separates
from the night

Frogpond 38.2, Spring/Summer 2015


lingering memory
she reaches for
another onion

Wild Plum - a haiku journal, Spring & Summer 2015


Independence Day
her first steps
in mother’s high heels

Creatrix #30


our shadows
gathering around

Creatrix #30


between breaths
a shooting star
becomes the night

The Heron's Nest, Volume XVII, Number 3: September 2015


tree felling
more and more gaps
in my memory

Wild Plum - a haiku journal, 1:2 Fall & Winter 2015


rainy season
the sky pours
into my shoes

World Haiku Review January 2015, Editor's Choice


I watch my shadow
stretching itself

World Haiku Review, June 2015


half sunken boat catches
the moonlight

Under the Bashō 2015


blackbird song
my sumi-e bamboo grows
beyond the sheet

2015 aha Haiku/Senryu Contest, 2nd Place


humming a tune
he forms another branch
on the bonsai

Cattails, May 2015


with each cuckoo
closer to the dawn

Cattails, May 2015


I catch the difference
between fate and chance

A Hundred Gourds, 4:2 March 2015


hide and seek
a cornflower
in the wheat field

A Hundred Gourds, 4:2 March 2015


new neighbors
dandelion seeds
flying over my fence

The Heron's Nest Volume XVII, Number 1: March 2015


setting sun
taking my thoughts
beyond the horizon

World Haiku Review, January 2015


wind chill
among trembling leaves
more and more sky

Polish International Haiku Competition 2014, Commendation


goodbye kiss
the setting sun lengthens
our shadows

Cattails, January 2015


indian summer
I pick out the colours
from a spice stall
A Hundred Gourds, 3:4 September 2014


coming storm
less and less space
between us
cattails, September 2014


indian summer
the bright green
of wet paint
The Heron's Nest, Volume XVI, Number 3: September 2014


Valentine's Day
she watches his heartbeat
on ECG
Under the Bashō 2014


cricket chirping
the silence between us
finally broken
European Quarterly Kukai #7 - Autumn 2014, 3rd place


spring morning
on wool sweater
still his smell

Haiku Harvest - Spring and Summer 2006 - Vol. 6, No. 1


cherry blossom tattoo
she shows him
the hidden branch

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Award 2010


dark cloud
caught into
the fisherman’s net

The 14th Mainichi Haiku Contest 2010, Honorable Mention


storm in the mountains –
a clap
from every side

The Mainichi, September 2009


coffee art
I postpone
the first sip

The Heron's Nest, Volume XVI, Number 2: June 2014


deep silence
I feel the weight
of the snow

Daily Haiga, April 2014


wind treading
the summer grass

The Mainichi, September 2013


waiting at café window
each raindrop falls
into another

The 16th Mainichi Haiku Contest 2012, Honorable Mention