Anna Cates


sunlight gleaming through
a fish bowl of beach glass
remembering waves


desert places
where Jesus cursed
a fig tree

Poetry Quarterly 22 (2015) & The Meaning of Life (Cyberwit Press 2015)



wandering gull 
shadowy evening shaking
the sea farther away


spring dream
the flower bucket
full of rain


willow thicket
beside the old strip mine
a flycatcher calls

50 haikus 8 (2015) & The Meaning of Life (Cyberwit Press 2015)



pushing up
through misty dawn
whistles of grass


scent of spring rain
the purple alliums
wind tottering


today’s news
a bitter seed
in a grapefruit slice

Ginyu 67 (20 July 2015) & The Meaning of Life (Cyberwit Press 2015)



cloudless sky
mystery valentine
in the mailbox


the cosmos
open with rain—

Three Line Poetry 33 (2015)



flea market
a wooden Indian
missing war paint

Sonic Boom 3 (August 2015)



heat of the day
fattening on the sidewalk
my shadow


fresh scents
honey bee wild flowers
buzzing, buzzing


county fair
a taste of elephant ears
beside the blue tent


I upset a little soil
tomato planting


passion or hate
a fashionable pastime
49 bottles of beer . . .

Ink Sweat and Tears (August 2015)



brook song
the forsythia’s
first yellow buds


at the muddy end
of a walking stick
wild oats

Hedgerow 42 (August 14, 2015)



winter sunset
the old Bing Crosby songs
Dad used to sing

Hedgerow 43 (August 14, 2015)



thrift store scent
a mint green shirt
missing buttons

Hedgerow 44 (August 14, 2015)



power outage
only the crickets

Hedgerow 48 (Sept 16, 2015)



yellow-billed cuckoo
weaving song
into summer sunlight


lonely dawn
a hoodie on a park bench
wet with dew

Hedgerow 51 (Oct 17, 2015)



just because
cold beach
at 3:00 a.m.

Hedgerow 52 (Oct 24, 2015)



woodland shade
a fawn’s lips poised
over red berries

Hedgerow 55 (Nov 14, 2015)



déjà vu
tiny whorls
of starlight

Asahi Haikuist Network (Summer August 21, 2015)



muted neighs—
the country fair scent
of corn dogs

Heron’s Nest (September 2015)


October twilight
white pines fogged with lake water
a distant chain saw

Haiku Journal 39 (2015)



peppermint gum—
beneath a pink sky
the fallen sun

“Behind the Tree Line,” Wild Plum Journal (Fall/Winter 2015)



slowly descending
a black speck unfolds
its legs

Indian Kukai (Sept 21, 2015)



peace moon
the milky taste
of saffron rice

European Quarterly Kukai (Sept 18, 2015)



acorn seedling
thrusting through damp loam—
wood thrush

Mainichi (Sept 18, 2015)



apple moon
in swirling starlight
cider scents


muggy dusk
hidden in cattails
frog song

Cattails (September 2015)



wet rock
stranded at low tide
a spotted octopus



Modern Haiku 46:3 (Autumn 2015)



white pines
a moose hovers over
the reflective murk

Asahi Haikuist Network (October 2015)




summer sunrise
a neighbor feeds chickens
beside the white pine


purple verbena:
shrine to the wisdom
of bees


heat wave
bird droppings
on the mailbox

Ginyu 68 (October 20, 2015)


dark pearl
the wet tongue
of an oyster

Frogpond 38.3 (Autumn 2015)



red rock
tumbleweeds roll
the cloudless sky

Atlas Poetica 23 (Autumn 2015)



mulberry leaves
evening rain soaking
cricket song

Shamrock 32 (2015)



moonless sky—
on the dark street
a lighter flicks on a face

A Hundred Gourds (Dec 2015)



barren limbs
above wet gravestones
a dirge of crows

small claim
the court house
shaded by oaks

Three Line Poetry 35 (2015)



cold window
black coffee
& tax forms

Indian Kukai (2015)



Amazon steals—
an empty Simon & Garfunkel
CD case

Sonic Boom (December 2015)



earth rhythms
the crickets serenading
a full moon

World Haiku Review (June 2015)



the sound of wings
made of air


spring breeze
the rainbow colors
of bird songs

Under the Basho (2015)



sickle moon
merlin wing beats stir
summer starlight

European Quarterly Kukai (Dec 2015)



Christmas lights
I put the shadows
behind me

First place winner, Caribbean Kigo Kukai (Dec 2015)



orange leaves

the old barn sags

into its boards

Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku; Spring, 2012: 26


purple sky—

slicing the wind,

a boomerang of geese

Shamrock Haiku Journal; June, 2013


first date . . .

on the porch swing the fog creeps

closer, closer

Modern Haiku 44.3; Fall, 2013


forgetting myself . . .

cherry blossoms

in the wind

Frogpond 37.2; Spring/Summer, 2014: 14


trailer park yard sale love songs of Elton John

Under the Basho; April, 2015


endless summer driving the pinwheels half crazy

Under the Basho; April, 2015


blizzard after—

adding tempeh to my shopping list

Lyrical Passion; 2015



that bitch side of me—

expired coupons, pesticide potatoes . . .

Lyrical Passion; 2015



Mom’s Depends hidden

beneath pink grapefruit

Lyrical Passion; 2015


crazy leaves

on All Hallow's Eve

I gut a pumpkin

Cattails; May, 2015


spring rain
anglers on the sidewalk
loop their way home

Asahi Haikuist Network; May, 2015


after rains
an orange beak noodles up
an angle worm

Asahi Haikuist Network; May, 2015


pink dogwood    a lucky penny in the grass

Asahi Haikuist Network; May, 2015


old barn

the scent of jerseys

and bailer twine

Heron’s Nest; June, 2015


August heat—

cracked dirt in the shape 

of a puddle

Heron’s Nest; June, 2015



my eye just missing

the splash of a frog

Mainichi; May 30, 2015
Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015


winter thaw

the snowman's lopsided eyes

peer my way

 Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015


bright sun after storms
rain drops
on the collard greens
Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015



spring breeze

cherry blossoms

holding on

Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015


muted moos—
county fair aromas
of kettle corn

Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015

rustling features  
bird seed crumbs
in the snow

Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015


muddy bike trail

a wood chuck diving

into shadow
Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015 


April rain

a stray Tom drinks 

from a fresh puddle

Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015


October apples

I toss away

another core

Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015

first colors
red tulips
glinting with dew

Taj Mahal Review No. 14.1; June, 2015


scent of fresh cut grass
beheaded dandelion
oozing bitter white

Haiku Journal 36; April, 2015



the encroaching night
eating a lamppost's shadow
a stranger, smoking

Haiku Journal 36; April, 2015


the tree's silver bark
shining in the moonlit dark
nighttime is talking

 Haiku Journal 37; June, 2015


pink sky in April

tangled in honeysuckle

hummingbird’s delight

 Haiku Journal 37; June, 2015


September sunset—

winding into forever

the bucolic roads

 Haiku Journal 37; June, 2015


cold cemetery—

a flurry of whippoorwills

water-washed tombstones

Haiku Journal 37; June, 2015



gushing brook water

alive with shifting shadows

half minnows half light

Haiku Journal 38; 2015 


sting of sleet a moss-covered a grave stone (June 8)


May dandelions open to the fatness of bumblebees (June 9)


so in style the way a dogwood blooms (June 10)


walking through spring a boy likes my sneakers (June 11)


library book sale the poems of William Blake (June 12)

7X20; June 8-12, 2015


purple sky

movements beneath moles holes

what the stray cat knows

Hedgerow No. 33; June, 2015


after rains—

blue jay jive in the bird bath

cumulus clouds

Hedgerow No. 33; June, 2015


August eve

long green sunlight

creeps along the grass

Hedgerow No. 33; June, 2015



saturnine sunrise coffee cup half full of dreams

Frogpond 38:2; Spring/Summer, 2015


in dappled shade

beneath white dogwood bracts

a warbler worming

Three Line Poetry 32; 2015



crisp October—

I toss away

an apple core

Presence 52; 2015: 31


ashen sky

I bypass

a black hearse

50 haikus 1.7; 2015


county fair . . .

cumulus clouds of cotton candy

corn dog (99) scents

50 haikus 1.7; 2015


Lumber jacks saw logs

As girls toy with paper dolls

Sugar cookies rise

Skyline Magazine 1.1; March-May, 2007
Gemeinschaft:  Poems for the Common Good; Scars Publications, 2003


Maidens kiss a frog

Hoping for a dashing prince

Amusing owls

Skyline Magazine 1.1; March-May, 2007
Gemeinschaft:  Poems for the Common Good; Scars Publications, 2003


In woods with growls

Little flowers pine for light

Salamanders crawl

Skyline Magazine 1.1; March-May, 2007
Gemeinschaft:  Poems for the Common Good; Scars Publications, 2003