Dave Read

Born 1970 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada


darkness …
her name slips
into it

Acorn 37, Touchstone Award Winner 2016

October rain
Captain America
shields his candy

bottle rockets 34

ocean breeze ...
the coconut scent
of sunscreen

Haiku Canada Review Oct 2019

river bank …
a washed up
line of credit

Haiku Canada Review, Feb 2021

earth day …
the joke I tell
falls flat

Haiku Canada Review, Feb 2021

quiet night ...
a water strider rests
on a star

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XX, Number 3: September 2018

mountain path ...
I slip a little
into the past

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XXI, Number 3: September 2019

day moon ...
a red-winged blackbird
circles back

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XXII, Number 3: September 2020

afternoon nap …
a lawnmower
cuts it short

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XXII, Number 4: December 2020

candle smoke
the afterlife
of prayer

Modern Haiku 47.3

late innings ...
the mound
of sunflower seeds

Modern Haiku 48.2

bird seed
he scatters a handful
of change

Modern Haiku 49.1

after the bomb
a clock
with no hands

Modern Haiku 49.2

garden hose
I straighten the kink
in my back

Modern Haiku 49.3

an outburst
from the bleachers …
summer moon!

Modern Haiku 50.3

winter produce …
the grocer imports
fruit flies

Modern Haiku 51.3

heavy snow …
I sink deeper
into my chair

Modern Haiku 52.1

a lifetime
of protest votes
day moon

Noon 15

evening train
I squeeze into
my headphones

Otata 16

all that shines
in a magpie’s nest …
morning frost

Presence 59

moonlit tide ...
a boy washes

Presence 64

river path ...
a growing crowd
of loners

Presence 67

mountain trail …
a bear crosses
my mind

tinywords 17.2

every bird
a crow

Under The Basho 2016

adrift at sea
the god we pray to

weird laburnum, May 2019

autumn dawn
the apple tree
ripe with robins

A Hundred Gourds  5:1


morning commute
the horizon bright
with headlights

A Hundred Gourds  5:2


she divides
by zero

Bones  9


a gust
through the windsock
morning chill

brass bell  Nov. 2015


between lanes
night fog

cattails  Sep. 2015, Editor's Choice (haiku)


wilderness trail
he wanders off the edge
of his map

Frogpond  38.3


butterfly effect
the children stop
to watch

Frogpond  38.3


night winds
I let her go
to voicemail

Frogpond  39.1


of it's cage
of ribs

Modern Haiku  47.1

tinywords 15.2


children's zoo
the first exhibit
my kids

cattails  Jan 2015, Editor's Choice (senryu)