Priscilla Lignori

Born 1953 in Brooklyn, New York USA
Living in Montgomery, New York USA

walk in the evening—
reminiscent of mom’s touch
this soft balmy breeze

First Place 2018 Tokutomi Memorial Contest

Slipping off the branch—
the snow finally reaches
its destination

Honorable Mention  72th Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest

An approaching storm—
we go past the bouncing loons
as we head to shore

Honorable Mention  7th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest

obedient only
to herself: morning glory
defies the evening

R.H Blyth Award - March 2019 Issue of World Haiku Review Honorable Mention

left on the driveway
surrounded by its petals—
the cherry blossom

World Haiku 2019 No. 15

playing peek-a-boo
with all the village joggers
the moon behind trees

World Haiku 2019 No. 15

arranging boxes
in the attic, to the beat
of the winter rain

World Haiku 2019 Nov 15
(First Published in Beak Open, Feet Relaxed: 108 Haiku)

An outstretched hand--
oak tree lying on the ground
after the spring storm

ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK  July 19, 2019July 19, 2019

I can’t tell whether
they’re coming or going
wild geese in flight

ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK  July 05, 2019July 05, 2019

A drop of spring rain
rolls down the closed windowpane
carrying the sun

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 10 374 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2019)

Early morning mist—
a woodpecker's hammering
draws us to the woods

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 10 374 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2019)

Memorial Day
safely away from men's wars —
eaglet in her nest

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 10 374 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2019)

Old man on the bench—
sits close to the edge reading
the summer river

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 10 374 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2019)

From the neighbor’s yard —
Rose of Sharon leans over
the dividing fence

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 10 374 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2019)

Summer morning view—
a thin cloud hangs in the sky
like an afterthought

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

Unmoved by the waves
cause by the slow motorboat—
turtle on a log

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

Morning glory vine
grabs at anything it can
even the thin air

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

Boy with a conch shell—
carries the entire ocean
next to his small ear

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

Walking barefoot on
the beach as long as I can—
seagulls overhead

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

In grandson's pocket
they bump into each other—
the colored beach stones

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

Cabbage butterflies
wander around the backyard
collecting sunbeams

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

Simply listening
to the rain falling on leaves–
a barred owl and I

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

The storm has arrived—
the scarecrow out in the field
gives up his straw hat

Eastern Structures No. 11 October 10, 2019

Box in the attic--
finding Valentine’s Day cards
that were never sent

ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK  February 15, 2019February 15, 2019

Hanging by itself
though still tied to the others—
blue morning glory

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 32 No. 10 362 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2018)

They live together
without much difficulty—
mixed chrysanthemums

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 4 368 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2018)

From bush to tree to
bush again—two cardinals
playing in the snow

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 4 368 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2018)

Combing the child’s hair —
a few loose strands get caught
in the Christmas pin

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 4 368 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2018)

First day of the year
grandma’s dentures go missing
in the nursing home

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 33 No. 4 368 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2018)

Hanging icicle—
now comes to its fateful end
drip by solemn drip

Eastern Structures No. 10 - June 25, 2019

Palm Sunday morning—
door after door slamming shut
in church parking lot

Eastern Structures No. 10- June 25, 2019

He stays in the rain
long enough to drip silver—
the tufted titmouse

Eastern Structures No. 10 - June 25, 2019

Mother's Day flowers
stopping on the ones I choose
a black swallowtail

Eastern Structures No. 10 - June 25, 2019

First day of the year
we return to our hometown
with sister's ashes

ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK  January 18, 2019January 18, 2019

On the elliptical
walking as fast as I can—
November snowstorm

Eastern Structures 9 - March 12, 2019

A scent in the air
brought home from the funeral—
the white carnations

Eastern Structures 9

Shaking the office
with its rumble and whistle—
a train in winter

Eastern Structures 9 - March 12, 2019

With just one hard shake
the tree limb covered with snow
becomes brown again

Eastern Structures 9 - March 12, 2019

 

Winter solstice moon—
the perfect finishing touch
on a day well spent

Eastern Structures 9 - March 12, 2019

A yearly ritual
shaking up the world inside
the Christmas snow globe

Eastern Structures 9 - March 12, 2019

During the snowstorm
snapping legos into place—
child by the fire

Eastern Structures 9 - March 12, 2019

The evening's settled
each snowflake is in its place
but the cat's awake

Eastern Structures 9 - March 12, 2019

A leak in the roof —
the spring rain slips unnoticed
into the attic

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 32 No. 10 362 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2018)

Drawn to the window —
the first firefly...and children
wearing pajamas

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 32 No. 10 362 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2018)

Picking fresh basil —
hidden under the curved leaf
a small white spider

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 32 No. 10 362 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2018)

Summer shooting star—
slowly a handful of sand
slips through my fingers

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 32 No. 10 362 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2018)

Low tide at the beach—
a snail comes out of its shell
on granddaughter’s palm

Ko Haiku Magazine In English (Vol 32 No. 10 362 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2018)

Checking the weather—
a bumblebee fast asleep
on a stiff blossom

Eastern Structures No. 8 - October 24, 2018

Indian summer
the fire hydrants are flushed
inside the village

Eastern Structures No. 8 - October 24, 2018

A man by the lake—
trees cast their autumn colors
near his fishing line

Eastern Structures No. 8 - October 24, 2018

Having restless dreams—
autumn leaves rustling outside
the bedroom window

Eastern Structures No. 8 - October 24, 2018

A brisk autumn wind—
shakes everything that's hanging
except for the moon

Eastern Structures No. 8 - October 24, 2018

Spitting the pits out—
bowl full of cherries dwindles
as we watch the news

Eastern Structures No. 8 - October 24, 2018

Shrouded in the mist--
the cormorant on a rock
seems other-worldly

ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK , July 20, 2018

Bloomed forsythia —
out comes the old gardener
with the pruning shears

Eastern Structures No. 7 - September 20, 2018

The sun heats the day—
untangling the water hose
left out overnight

Eastern Structures No. 7 - September 20, 2018

The end of the day—
as the sun slips out of sight
kids dive in the pool

Eastern Structures No. 7 - September 20, 2018

Their volume turns up
as the village settles down—
gossiping crickets

Eastern Structures No. 7 - September 20, 2018

Their numbers increased 
after yesterday's pep talk—
pink petunias

Eastern Structures No. 7 - September 20, 2018

Not just for the day
but for the rest of its life—
closed morning glory

Eastern Structures No. 7 - September 20, 2018

Flowering dogwoods—
slowly we all line up for
family photo

6th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest.
Akita International University President’s Award

 

I sweep them away
a sudden wind brings them back—
leaves on the front steps

Basho Memorial Haiku Contest 2017 Honorable Mention

the harvested field
migrant worker lifts his eyes
toward the mountain

Tokutomi Memorial Contest 2017
https://yukiteikei.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/tokutomi-2017.pdf

top of the mountain—
I entrust all my prayers
to the summer breeze

World Haiku Review, August 2017 Third Place

to the used book store—
carrying father's old books
and smells of autumn

World Haiku Review, March 2018 Honorable Mention Honorable Mention

on a bicycle
learning to balance again—
sixty-three years young

World Haiku Review, August 2017 Honorable Mention

Firehouse siren—
the cicada hymn goes on
uninterrupted

The Mainichi, August 15, 2017

The guests arrive late—
praying mantis takes its time
on the porch railing

The Mainichi, December 13, 2017

parking off the road
to check our destination—
early plum blossoms

World Haiku Review March 2018

they cling stubbornly
even as winter deepens—
red maple's dead leaves

World Haiku Review March 2018

Valentine's Day news
the heavy-heartedness spreads —
a mass school shooting

World Haiku Review March 2018

dusk in the village
the cherry blossoms transform
from pink to purple

World Haiku Review, August 2017

on bicycle tour
we slowly pedal uphill—
dragonfly flits by

World Haiku Review, August 2017

the internet down
circling around the room
an elusive fly

World Haiku Review, August 2017

with his wings outstretched
he’s steadier than the kite ―
crow riding the wind

World Haiku Review, August 2017

Darkness comes later
the orange blossom tea tastes
better then ever

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.10 350 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2017)

Flowering dogwood—
every petal brings to mind
a wound in Christ’s hand

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.10 350 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2017)

From funeral home
we leave with mother's ashes—
a chickadee calls

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.10 350 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2017)

Under the table
I reach for my napkin and
find a spider web

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.10 350 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2017)

Following me around
the pond — the singsong voices
of the chickadees

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.10 350 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2017)

The moon's out tonight—
and the fireflies are meeting
in the church courtyard

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.10 350 Issue SPRING-SUMMER 2017)

cleaning up my tools
after gardening, fireflies
become visible

World Haiku 2018: No.14

along the shoreline
a young boy collects seashells
even broken ones

World Haiku 2018: No.14

they can’t be erased—
the past and my father’s name
engraved in hard stone

World Haiku 2018: No.14

Confined by the snow
and a pile of paperwork—
I order new beads

Eastern Structures No. 6 (Volume 1) April 26, 2018

Three crows disappear
deep into the winter woods
exchanging secrets

Eastern Structures No. 6 (Volume 1) April 26, 2018

Lingering winter—
grandfather's old clock's always
five minutes behind

Eastern Structures No. 6 (Volume 1) April 26, 2018

The ice on the stream—
easily cracked by the weight
of a walking stick

Eastern Structures No. 6 (Volume 1) April 26, 2018

They hide in between
the trees' shaky reflections
tadpoles in the stream

Eastern Structures No. 6 (Volume 1) April 26, 2018

Just before Easter—
passing through the great tunnel
to the other side

Eastern Structures No. 6 (Volume 1) April 26, 2018

It hides in its leaves—
the lavender scent until
the breeze finds it

Eastern Structures No. 6 (Volume 1) April 26, 2018

Passing by the house
a funeral procession—
the quince in full bloom

Eastern Structures No. 6 (Volume 1) April 26, 2018

 

Early morning mist—
we paddle our old canoes
closer to the shore

Asahi Haikuist Network July 6, 2018

Hitting the pothole
in the middle of the road—
dug by the spring rains

Asahi Haikuist Network June 15, 2018

Back in the garden
amid the visiting birds—
the Kuan Yin statue

Asahi Haikuist Network March 30, 2018

A seamless grey sky—
I can’t find the edges where
the snow’s sneaking through

Asahi Haikuist Network January 19, 2018

Night of the new moon
once again the light goes out
on the reading lamp

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 32 No.4 356 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2017)

Inside the edges
of an autumn day—a light
steady rain’s falling

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 32 No.4 356 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2017)

Dusted with fresh snow
the cat shakes most of it off
on the kitchen floor

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 32 No.4 356 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2017)

Sweeping the snow off
the front steps, already some
has become hardened

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 32 No.4 356 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2017)

Taking measured steps—
junco, though the snow’s knee-deep
is too light to sink

Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 32 No.4 356 Issue AUTUMN-WINTER 2017)

Lingering awhile
though nothing holds them up—
the grey mountain mists

Eastern Structures No. 5 (Volume 1) December 10, 2017

A deer family
visits the small village's
old cemetery

Eastern Structures No. 5 (Volume 1) December 10, 2017

Leaving the river
they embrace the winter wind—
two wild geese in flight

Eastern Structures No. 5 (Volume 1) December 10, 2017

First winter fire—
unpacking our belongings
sand falls from my shoes

Eastern Structures No. 5 (Volume 1) December 10, 2017

Waking to church bells—
morning frost painted petals
on the windowpane

Eastern Structures No. 5 (Volume 1) December 10, 2017

Christmas tree needle
stuck under my fingernail
draws a bit of blood

Eastern Structures No. 5 (Volume 1) December 10, 2017

Long winter night walk—
never have I heard my own
footsteps so clearly

Eastern Structures No. 5 (Volume 1) December 10, 2017

The end of the year—
marked by the parking ticket
left on the windshield

Asahi Haikuist Network December 15, 2017

 

Traveling upstream
a slick family of four—
Adirondack loons

Asahi Haikuist Network December 15, 2017

 

Posing as a leaf—
cardinal on a tree branch
on Thanksgiving Day

Asahi Haikuist Network December 1, 2017

 

Family basket—
gathering the last of the
home-grown tomatoes

Asahi Haikuist Network Nov 17, 2017

 

Cupping its small hand
to catch anything that falls―
blue morning glory

Asahi Haikuist Network Nov 17, 2017

A certain calling
draws me deep into the woods―
ancestor voices

Asahi Haikuist Network Nov 3, 2017

The only green thing
amid the oaks in the woods—
my polar fleece hat

Asahi Haikuist Network Nov 3, 2017

An altar set up―
rich with family photos
of the departed

Asahi Haikuist Network Oct 20, 2017

Traveling the same
road I always travel on—
lengthening shadows

Asahi Haikuist Network Oct 6, 2017Oct 6, 2017

 

A fractured shoulder
a hospital stay— and gold
of the sunflowers

Asahi Haikuist Network Sept 15, 2017

The last drops of milk
poured into an empty glass—
sound of melting snow

Asahi Haikuist Network February 17, 2017February 17, 2017

Departing blue jay—
a tail feather left behind
on the hiker’s path

Eastern Structures No. 4 (Volume 1) September 20, 2017

What keeps them in place?
the summer stars all hanging
without any hooks

Eastern Structures No. 4 (Volume 1) September 20, 2017

A loon calling out —
this whether anyone is
listening or not

Eastern Structures No. 4 (Volume 1) September 20, 2017

Cricket in the house
caught singing between the snores
of our napping guest

Eastern Structures No. 4 (Volume 1) September 20, 2017

Coming out at dusk —
heron joins the fishing crew
at the river's edge

Eastern Structures No. 4 (Volume 1) September 20, 2017

From the mountaintop
a view of other mountains —
scattering ashes

Eastern Structures No. 4 (Volume 1) September 20, 2017

Bagging the raked leaves —
finding an old "to do" list
underneath a pile

Eastern Structures No. 4 (Volume 1) September 20, 2017

Not a trace remains
of the last snowfall, except
for the running stream

Quarterday - A Journal of Classical Poetry Vol 3 Issue 1 Imbolc 2017
Edited by LJ McDowall

Sunlight reflected
in the long icicle melts
right along with it

Quarterday - A Journal of Classical Poetry Vol 3 Issue 1 Imbolc 2017
Edited by LJ McDowall

Half of the spring moon
slips out of the sky's pocket
and floats on the lake

Quarterday - A Journal of Classical Poetry Vol 3 Issue 1 Imbolc 2017
Edited by LJ McDowall

Rain comes to an end
the sound of a running stream
in the warbler's voice

Quarterday - A Journal of Classical Poetry Vol 3 Issue 1 Imbolc 2017
Edited by LJ McDowall

 

A ceremony—
geese waddle into the lake
from the snowy field

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

Holy Saturday—
the sun's warming up the stones
in the church graveyard

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

The color of blood
next to my ivory skin—
crabapple blossom

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

Sky full of swallows—
I stop to collect my thoughts
by the faded barn

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

Expecting nothing—
the woodpecker pecks the bark
of the dead oak tree

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

Next to the graveyard
it's a wordless existence—
bloomed magnolia

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

A wild columbine
grows out of the hidden dirt
inside the stone's cracks

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

The girl on the swing—
suspended for a moment
above the green world

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

A cloudy morning—
the carpenter ants line up
on the clothesline rope

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

The water strider—
stands still in the middle of
the moving river

Eastern Structures No. 3 (Volume 1) May 5, 2017

 

flowering dogwood—
mother’s belongings all fit
into one suitcase

First Place - Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest 2016

 

A lighter blue than
the morning glory that closed—
his hospital gown

The Mainichi (November 24, 2016)

 

His motion maintained
by slow powerful strokes—
flight of the blue heron

The Mainichi (October 20, 2016)


Night of the new moon—
over the Catskill mountains
clouds pass by like dreams

The Mainichi (March 28, 2016)

 

The last drops of milk
poured into an empty glass—
sound of melting snow

Asahi Haikuist Network (February 17, 2017)

 

The Wallkill River—
wild geese descend one by one
on icy water

Asahi Haikuist Network (January 20, 2017)

 

Tying the last knot
on the new cord rosary—
end of the debate

Asahi Haikuist Network (November 4, 2016)

 

Lingering longer
than usual, they are now
autumn butterflies

Asahi Haikuist Network (October 21, 2016)

 

Announcing nightfall
or perhaps the fall of man--
departing wild geese

Asahi Haikusit Network (October 21, 2016)

 

The weathervane’s still
though there’s movement in the air—
blackbird migration

Asahi Haikuist Network (November 4, 2016)

 

September birthday—
amid the gifts and wishes
lengthening shadows

Asahi Haikuist Network (September 30, 2016)

 

Ancient transmissions—
mosquitoes spread malalria
with a single bite

Asahi Haikuist Network (August 5, 2016)

 

Alone at the beach—
the ocean waves move closer
an inch at a time

Asahi Haikuist Network (July 15, 2016)

 

Ready for dinner—
fly on the kitchen table
rubs two of its legs

Asahi Haikuist Network (July 1, 2016)

 

Trip to the Catskills—
the wind and each bump we hit
jiggles the canoe

Asahi Haikuist Network (May 20, 2016)

 

Late into the night
reading haiku from Buson—
hazy moon of spring

Asahi Haikuist Network (May 20, 2016)

 

Holy Saturday—
a hazy moon standing guard
above the graveyard

Asahi Haikuist Network (April 15, 2016)

 

Turkey family—
found wobbling across the field
chasing after spring

Asahi Haikuist Network (April 15, 2016 )

 

The newborn grasses
tickle the soles of my feet—
childhood once again …

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

 

Dead tree in the marsh—
inside its small hole the blue
of a swallow’s head

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

 

Bumping each other
as they land on the same bloom—
two large bumblebees

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

 

Buckling the child in—
a butterfly flutters by
with sun on its wings

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

On the same branch, at
the same time, they bloom and die —
purple petunias

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 30 No.10 SPRING-SUMMER 2016)

 

Morning glory vine
in search for something to hold
begins its long climb

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)

 

A stand by the road—
chrysanthemums for sale, and
one free butterfly

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)

 

A town board meeting
autumn wind shuffles the leaves
in the parking lot

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)


Through the winter fog

distant shapes come into view —
deer crossing the road

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)


The new year begins
a junco and I sit still 
for a miracle

Kõ Haiku Magazine in English (Vol. 31 No.4 AUTUMN-WINTER 2016)


Sitting in the vase

with nothing to celebrate—
the blue irises

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016

 

Stirring the waters
with the black canoe paddle—
the white clouds are bent

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


At home in the dark—

the pale moon and the horned owl
watching from the tree

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


Under autumn stars

I'm smaller than the pebble
stuck inside my shoe

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


Readying for bed—

one last glance out the window
at the wind-blown snow

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


Acorns at my feet

and a few in my pocket —
a walk in the woods

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


A sudden warming —

sap flows out of the maple
from one of its wounds

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016


A walk in the woods
suddenly a shift in mood —
bluebird on a branch

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016

 

More visible now—
the robin's nest left behind
in the maple tree

Eastern Structures No. 1 (Volume 1) March 19, 2016

 

an awakening —
the frogs as the morning sun
fills all crevices

World Haiku (2015 No. 11) World Haiku Association

 

a gentle spring wind —
cattails are undecided
which way to move

World Haiku (2015 No. 11) World Haiku Association


lilies of the valley 
exist without a worry 
but only briefly

World Haiku (2015 No. 11) World Haiku Association


Keeping a light on

for guests who are coming late—
watchful harvest moon

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1)  October 23, 2016


At the polling place —

reaching into my purse to
find my new glasses

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1)  October 23, 2016


The calls of wild geese —

waking to the autumn moon
also departing

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1)  October 23, 2016


A good walking stick

as we hike the rocky trail—
the fallen tree branch

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


Becoming one arm—

the paddle and the one who
moves it in the lake

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

Park closes at dusk —
already the hooting owl
is pitying me

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


Stepping on shadows

more than a hundred years old—
walk along the pines

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


On the precipice

all the leaves turning yellow
remind me of me

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


A walk in the rain

sidestepping all the puddles
and slippery leaves

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


Autumn butterflies—

I'm guided towards the field
prayer beads in hand

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

Night sky split open—
with the last swing of the axe
stars are shaken lose

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

Undressing the corn
golden hairs on the counter
and the kitchen floor

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


Shots heard in the dark
and the moon's so far away—
coyote hunting

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016


At the coffeehouse

all the instruments are tuned—
winter’s crescent moon

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Sunday morning’s moon—
it near slipped into the arms
of a snowy pine

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Under the weather
I sit by the bedroom window
counting snow flurries

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Brief enlightenment—
frog leaps out of the water
and touches the earth

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Ready to respond
I search through the cluttered desk
for the Christmas card

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

The snow's piling up—
my new year resolutions
keep getting weaker

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Unable to see
the depth of his own blackness—
crow standing on ice

Eastern Structures No. 2 (Volume 1) October 23, 2016

 

Nothing's what it seems 
in the world of men — I turn 
to the summer moon

World Haiku Review, August 2014
Second Place, Shintai

 

Summer reverie — 
a sailboat travels through stars 
scattered on the sea

World Haiku Review, August 2014 
Honorable Mention

 

An afternoon nap 
cicada in the background 
slips into my dream

Ko Magazine 
Spring/Summer 2014

 

Bloomed magnolia tree
a man lifts his daughter up
to smell a blossom

World Haiku Review, April 2014 
Honorable Mention

 

On the cutting board—
chopping scallions and garlic
and all my worries

Ko Magazine 
Spring/Summer 2014

 

In the midst of war the wind blows 
wildflower seeds 
across the border

World Haiku Review, August 2014
Honorable Mention

 

Waking to the song 
of the white-throated sparrow— 
holy week begins

The Mainichi 
June 5, 2014

 

April shower
recounting the morning's dreams 
under the covers

World Haiku Review
April 2014

 

Atop village trees 
the blackbirds are whispering—
walk on Good Friday

Asahi Haikuist Network 
May 16, 2014

 

Pondering their fate 
in the time of fireflies— 
the war in Gaza

World Haiku Review
August 2014

 

Private property 
leaves from the leaning oak tree
are now trespassing

World Haiku 2014
(Ban'ya Natsuishi anthology)

 

I’m out of the woods—
searching for the spider web
that clings to my skin

Ko Magazine 
Autumn-Winter 2014

I cannot read one 
without thinking of Shiki—
persimmon haiku

Asahi Haikuist Network
October 31, 2014

 

A winter morning— 
chanting and a tea kettle
whistling out of tune

Ko Magazine 
Autumn/Winter 2014

 

Peeling potatoes 
the cat rolls on his backside 
and lets out a yawn

Asahi Haikuist Network 
October 17, 2014

 

The great blue heron
waits until the canoe's closer
to fly far away

The Mainichi 
November 27, 2014

 

Expecting a frost-—
the dahlias are now sitting
in the living room

Asahi Haikuist Network 
December 5, 2014

 

A cold winter rain
sizzling in the frying pan
sweet potato fries

The Mainichi 
March 26, 2014

 

So full of itself 
the winter moon spills on all 
the slippery roads

World Haiku Review
January 2014

 

along the river 
students set up their easels 
the scent of wild grape

2015 Tokutomi Memorial Contest Second Place

 

Passing the gold thread  
through the needle's eye, spring sun
enters the closed blinds

Basho Festival Contest Certificate October 2015

 

arm of the cross —
temporary resting place
for the wandering crow

World Haiku Review, Summer 2015 
First Place - Vanguard Haiku

 

A winter bonus-—
two extra grandchildren at
the dinner table...

Asahi Haikuist Network December 18, 2015

 

They'll never fit me  
but I still hold on to them —
mother's wool slippers

Ko Magazine Autumn-Winter 2015

 

As the sun beats down 
a great murmur from the lake 
from the melting ice

Asahi Haikuist Network   March 06, 2015

 

after the snowstorm 
not a bird in sight and still  
sound of the crow’s call

World Haiku 2015 edited by Ban'ya Natsuishi'


Crimson dragonfly —
alights on the fishing pole 
of the dozing man
 
Ko Magazine Autumn-Winter 2015

 

Slipping a green stone
inside my empty pocket
turns my luck around

The Mainichi July 21, 2015

 

Always wandering —
my cat inside the kitchen
outside, autumn leaves

Ko Magazine Autumn-Winter 2015

 

forsythia buds —
countless golden beginnings 
on a single branch

World Haiku Review  Summer 2015

 

As the sun goes round 
migrants traverse the desert 
of the human heart

Asahi Haikuist Network September 18, 2015

 

The tiger lily--
once it opens its mouth
has at least six tongues

The Mainichi October 8, 2015

 

the path turns to mud — 
great hope of catching a glimpse 
of the waking frogs

World Haiku Review, Summer, 2015  Honorable Mention

 

Vernal equinox —
the darker moments erased
from our memories...

Asahi Haikuist Network  March 20, 2015

 

Quietly we wait  
on a rock inside the woods  
for the frogs to call

Ko Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

 

a hike in the woods — 
the walking stick can’t save me  
from the mosquitoes

World Haiku 2015 edited by Ban'ya Natsuishi

 

The closer I get 
to the yellow tulips 
the lonelier I am

Ko Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

 

The tide's coming in
and children's glee gets louder —
sunset in Cape Cod

Asahi Haikuist Network  August 7, 2015

 

Stretching their long necks — 
wild turkeys as they climb up 
a steep embankment

Ko Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

 

unexpectedly 
they rise to the occasion   
potted sunflowers

World Haiku 2015 -  edited by Ban'ya Natsuichi'

 

Missing the spruce tree 
that stood between the others —
dusk on Father's Day

Ko Magazine Spring-Summer 2015

 

Birds have taken leave
and the wind keeps blowing leaves
every which way

Asahi Haikuist Network November 6, 2015

 

Inside the clear pond
along with dozens of leaves
the clouds have fallen

Ko Magazine Autumn-Winter 2015

 

Subway to Brooklyn—
returning once again to
the place of my birth

Asahi Haikuist Network  January 16, 2015


The burial done
waiting on the car windshield
white apple blossoms

Honorable Mention
2014 Tokutomi Memorial Contest

 



 

 

Bleached by the sunlight 

though its roots are in the dark 

wheat turns into gold

 

Basho Festival Contest, October 2013 
First Place  

 

Restless as the wind 

the shirt hanging on the line

by a mere clothespin

 

World Haiku Review August 2010 

 

Stuck inside itself 

until it’s cut open—

the watermelon

 

World Haiku Review August 2010

 

So soft to the touch

but harder than my own bones—

the weathered beach stone

 

The Mainichi Contest 2011 Honorable Mention 

 

A spider and I

come out from under the weight

of the paperwork

 

World Haiku Review August 2010