Ernest WitErnest Wit

Born: 1961, Poland
Resides: Poland

Ernest Wit is an award-winning Polish author whose work appears regularly in the best English-language haiku magazines and anthologies around the world.

Books Published:
Bitter Wind (Kontekst Publishing House, Poznan, 2015);
Black and White (Red Moon Press, Winchester VA, 2016).


our lucky stars
dead long before
we were born

bottle rockets, Issue 35, August 2016


decaying leaves
the sterile inside
of a fertility clinic

Modern Haiku, Volume 47.2, Summer 2016


I set the clock
one hour back
bearing death in mind

Modern Haiku, Volume 47.1, Winter 2016


up in the air
a balloon
full of my breath

The World Haiku Review, June 2016


spring flood
a different me wants
a different you

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XVIII, Number 2: June 2016


her mother tongue
in my mouth

Bones, Issue 10, July 2016


a dreamer
she died in her sleep
falling leaves

A Hundred Gourds 5:2, March 2016


long heat wave
bales of hay turning
into elephants

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XVIII, Number 1: March 2016


summer’s end
a wasp tastes
my bitter

Shamrock, No 33, February 2016


the black rook
takes the white knight
autumn evening

Frogpond, Volume 38.3, Autumn 2015


the station
after the trains have left
smell of autumn

Modern Haiku, Volume 46.3, Autumn 2015


northerly wind
the runes of gulls’ footprints
in the damp sand

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XVII, Number 4: December 2015


the wind raises
her periwinkle dress
heat lightning

Presence, Issue 54, Autumn 2015


late summer
mating dragonflies
extend each other

tinywords, Issue 15.2, September 2015


a walk with father
the stream slowing down
near the mouth

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


sea of dry grass
the news that there is
no Ithaca

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


a shiver running
through the horse’s side
summer dusk

Frogpond, Volume 38.2, Summer 2015


shadows of clouds
on the summer grass
drifting continents

Shamrock, No 31, June 2015


the wind takes
a leaf from the pile

Chrysanthemum, No 17, April 2015


a passer-by
hidden in himself
falling rain

Acorn, Issue 34, Spring 2015


distant music
the leaves soundlessly

Frogpond, Volume 38.1, Winter 2015


using the dark
as a tongue
deep autumn

A Hundred Gourds 4:2, March 2015


the rowan lantern
burning in the dusk
a roe’s somber eyes

A Hundred Gourds 4:2, March 2015


waiting outside
the cold whisper of wind
in the last leaves

Presence, Issue 51, Winter 2015


she comes to me
attired only
in a short night

Frogpond, Volume 37.3, Autumn 2014


my plans, my dreams
starlings darken
the summer sky

A Hundred Gourds 4:1, December 2014


the ruins
of a haunted house
I pass through walls

Prune Juice, Issue 14, November 2014


long winding dirt road
I walk her out
of my heart

Under the Basho, 2014


I see different wife
my in a way

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XVI, Number 3: September 2014


ever since
we lost touch
her cold hands

Modern Haiku, Volume 45.3, Autumn 2014


winter morning
a sleepy genie rises
from the coffee

Chrysanthemum, No 15, April 2014


my old father
showing me the garden
the touch of damp earth

Acorn, Issue 32, Spring 2014


first spring ramble
a wedge of geese pries
the sky open

tinywords, Issue 14.1, April 2014


shape of her sleep
on the down pillow
snowy morning

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XVI, Number 1: March 2014


winter drizzle
putting the cat
to sleep

Shamrock, No 27, February 2014


winter dawn
the dream of you
glued to my eyelids

The World Haiku Review, January 2014


autumn wind
the swoosh of pines
in the kettle

17th Mainichi Haiku Contest, 2013, Honorable Mention


end of a pier
we talk to
our reflections

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XVI, Number 4: December 2013


the caterpillar reaches
the stem’s end

Modern Haiku, Volume 44.3, Autumn 2013


falling snow
her deep
husky whisper

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XV, Number 3: September 2013


before a sleepless night
the onset of fall

A Hundred Gourds 2:3, June 2013


spring again
I help my mother
sit up

Frogpond, Volume 36.1, Winter 2013


bitter wind
the smell of honey
in the empty hive

tinywords, Issue 13.1, March 2013


twilight river
my alter ego wants
to drift away

Notes from the Gean, No 22, August 2013


fresh snow
the warmth surrounding
your bones

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XIV, Number 4: December, 2012


gathering storm
a trickle of sweat
down the reaper’s spine

A Hundred Gourds 1:4, September 2012


first year of her death
bees pollinate the blossoms
on a broken branch

Vancouver Haiku Invitational 2012, Sakura Award


early morning
the trash truck takes
my dream away

A Hundred Gourds 1:2, March 2012


the scent
of her unsent

Modern Haiku, Volume 43.1, Winter Spring 2012


shimmering lake
how unimportant
what’s important

The Heron’s Nest, Volume XIV, Number 1: March, 2012


mum in hospital
I bring her the smell
of wind in my hair

A Hundred Gourds 2:1, December 2012


summer breeze
whispering through
the ears of corn

A Hundred Gourds 1:1, December 2011


pouring hot water
on dry mint leaves
autumn rain

Frogpond, Volume 34.3, Autumn 2011


summer afternoon
the salamander basking
in inattention

Modern Haiku, Volume 42.3, Autumn 2011


plum blossoms
company salaries
still frozen

Modern Haiku, Volume 42.3, Autumn 2011