Saturday, December 9, 2023

haikuNetra ISSUE 1.4

 





Editor's Note





We received a bulk load of submissions for the fourth Issue. Each haikuist has submitted his or her best for this Issue. It was a tough job carrying out the selection process. Rejections were less this time compared to the last three Issues. Thanks to Sayantani Roy for providing such a beautiful cover art. In its three-month journey, haikuNetra has received a lot of love from the haiku fraternity. We have published some of the finest poets out there. We take immense pride in announcing that haikuNetra has sent about 20 nominations for the Touchstone Award from its last three Issues. We are planning to introduce some new genres and activities in the upcoming year, 2024. We won't be bringing out any Issue in the month of January. The submission details for ISSUE 1.5 have been updated in the submission guidelines at the end of this blog. We expect you to show the same amount of love and send us the best of haiku and senryu for the subsequent Issues as well. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous NEW YEAR in advance. 

– Daipayan Nair, Editor  








haikuChitra - The Haiga Gallery





haikuNetra will be introducing haiga art and shahai from its next ISSUE 1.5 onwards. The journal looks forward to receiving submissions of thought-provoking artworks, paintings incorporated with Japanese aesthetics and photographs. To give you an idea of what we are expecting, here's a haiga submitted by Elliot Diamond: 














haikuManthan - The Commentary




the dragonfly's glint
so many neighbourhood cats
pad around us

                      Alan Summers

   

all feathers & typos
the threatened kingdom
of myself

                           Alan Summers


Alan Summers demonstrates versatility, writing superbly in both traditional and modern styles. The first haiku is the more traditional of the two. “dragonfly” is an autumn kigo, since dragonflies were traditionally considered to be at their most beautiful during this season. Alan, with a true poet’s eye, focuses on a specific aspect of the dragonfly’s beauty, the “glint.” The dragonfly’s iridescence shines, as it were, on the rest of the poem. The poet, the neighbourhood, and its many cats are contextualized, through the juxtaposition of images, with the glint of the dragonfly. The overall impression might be akin to magical realism. Conversely, in the context of the poet’s feline friends, the dragonfly becomes another neighbour. The haiku’s disparate images achieve an overall harmony between the human and nonhuman, between the urban and the natural. We can see the toriawase as all of the images fit together in an expression of harmony.

The last words of the haiku suggest that the reader too is part of the neighbourhood: “so many neighbourhood cats/pad around us.” The ambiguity of “us” gives the reader space to imagine himself walking with the poet. The reader’s involvement is facilitated by the haiku’s clarity and simplicity so that she can comprehend the scene with the poet’s own immediacy.

The second of Alan’s two haiku is, in some sense, a mirror image of the first. While the first verse shows us the world around the poet, the second reveals the world inside him, “the threatened kingdom / of myself.” The phrase, from my standpoint, reflects modern haiku’s focus on the poet’s interiority. The fragment, “all feathers & typos,” is composed of images that are not necessarily drawn from the poet’s immediate sense impressions. It’s not as if the poet were in a bird sanctuary, typing. The images of the second verse could easily be drawn from memories of different times and places. Perhaps the poet has combined the images purposefully, like words in a sentence, to express personal symbolism.

Modern haiku and the classic tradition are alike in this sense: They invite the reader to piece the images together. In both of Alan’s poems, the fragment and the phrase contextualize each other. What light does “all feathers & typos” shed on “the threatened kingdom / of myself”? From my standpoint, the juxtaposition suggests that the threats to the self are not as great as the poet imagines --- that they amount to feathers and typos. The poet, with gentle humour, is chiding himself for his fears. Alan’s two verses demonstrate how images can be orchestrated to reflect the outer world or the inner world. In doing so, he demonstrates the differences between the traditional and the modern schools, as well as the continuity between them.


– Lev Hart, Co-Editor 








haikuRatna - Editor's Pick




distant horizon
a dragon cloud watches
over the mountains

            Adjei Agyei-Baah




long meeting
my diary fills
with senryu

           Srini




bitter grapefruit sweet memories of grandma

           Timothy Daly




whispering waves . . .
Chinese lanterns float
between the dunes

           Kathleen Trocmet




mourning dove
today, mother knows
who I am

          Debbie Strange




stars
reflecting Buddha
Buddha reflecting stars

          Roberta Beach Jacobson




crescent earth
the moon colonist
writes home

          Pat Davis




        porch glider
grandpa
        slowing down

         Barrie Levine




shiver of grasses the priest calls my name

          Marilyn Ashbaugh




crabgrass
on the garden's edge —
trial separation

          Kelly Sargent




winter rain
a duckling sleeps like you—
head-tucked-under

           Neena Singh




plunging over
the cliff's edge
a blue wind

           Mark Gilbert




traveling light
i carry
your ashes

          Alvin B. Cruz




field mouse
the elliptical twist
of the owl's head

          Jay Friedenberg




the slow swell
of a toad's throat...
blink!

         Suraja Menon Roychowdhury




cuckoo's song
       in crescendo...
the tiger
       there, not here

          Amoolya Kamalnath




one more time
over the reaped fields
sickle moon

          Bryan Rickert









haikuPrakash - The Enlightenment




apple blossom
the sweet drift
of Dad's memory

          Marilyn Ward




waning moon
the perfume in his hair
not mine

          Adele Evershed




shopping centre
a crying toddler
sits on Santa's lap

          Tuyet Van Do




lacewing
her dream
for her daughter

          Amita Paul




first snowflakes...
my pot of basil
full of blossoms 

          Steliana Voicu




treasure hunt
in the old cauldron
autumn leaves

           Ana Drobot




temple visit . . .
memories of tamarind rice
in both hands

           Lakshmi Iyer




rain drops...
the decision to end up
with an ellipsis...

          Suzanne Leaf-Brock




wildfire smoke
drifting through the exhaust vent
dove's coo

           Michelle V. Alkerton




holding his photo
missing
myself

            Peter Shipman




leaves fall
upon the lake . . .
loneliness

           Daniela Misso




lost pacifier
teaching my nephew
to let go

           Hassane Zemmouri




shhh... says my journey in a conch shell

            Sharon Ferrante




grandmother's
last breath-
forget-me-not

            Nicoletta Ignatti




frosty night—
a bowl of dog food
for our fox

           Ruth Holzer




anxiety 
floating freely
a rock

           Richard Bailly




light rain
a homeless man keeping
the park bench dry

            Joseph P. Wechselberger




cemetery walkers
sometimes they talk
to the living

            Randy Brooks




visiting
this cold night
my late teacher

            Timothy Daly




drops of sunlight ...
leaping up the waterfall
pink salmon

             Chen-ou Liu




unhooking

t h e   a  n  k  l  e  t

her smile

            Nalani De Silva




in the quiet
of my solitude
snowfall

           Natalia Kuznetsova




evening stroll...
one-by-one the scents
of different dinners

           Tony Williams




autumn begins this one grackle morning

            Bryan Rickert




snow-clad lake
pine shadows growing
taller, shorter

            Debbie Strange




his last cigarette -
the uncertainty
of the patio light

            Simon De Courcey




finding myself
in a field of butterflies
surgeon's ceiling

            Roberta Beach Jacobson




cinnamon tea
warming up
to winter

            Marjolein Rotsteeg




refugee camp
the sinner who died
a saint

            Pat Davis




narrowing river...
this smallness
when compared

            Nitu Yumnam




cocooned robes
with beads and prayers
bodhi sunrise

             Elliot Diamond




slow dawn
the hills awaken
sunbird by sunbird

             Rupa Anand




bamboo rake—
last year's autumn
tangled in the tines

             Barrie Levine




no map
i trust the sand
under my feet

           Isabella Mori




fleeing war tears swept dry wind river

           Marilyn Ashbaugh




forest walk
the sibilant whispers
of lost souls

           Marilyn Humbert




dappled sunlight
in the cuckoo's cry
my beloved's name

            Arvinder Kaur




tall weeds
an oriole nest fallen
from the palm

            Cynthia Anderson




northern mockingbird
at daybreak —
her morning mantra

            Kelly Sargent




the young are noisy
harried parents
fluttering above

             Jerome Berglund




unconscious
in my cloud boat
I sail

             K. G. Munro




typo? this is my true porpoise

             Susan Burch




yellowed leaves
the breeze flutters
light and shade

              Neena Singh




December wind —
mom's new
Betty Davis voice

             Robert Epstein




reopening the cabin...
the mildew scent
of mice

             Allison Douglas-Tourner




how to draw
wind in the pines —
art class

              Mona Bedi




balanced on a pin
   upside down
           world

              Mark Gilbert




winter moon
licking
the river's skin

             Goran Gatalica




bitter morning
a caged parrot
breaks the ice

             Sue Courtney




ikebana
the way the wind
rearranges me

             Barbara Sabol




cottontail
on the welcome mat
looking for home

             Scott Wiggerman




a leaf on a stream
the traveling poet
leaves no trace

             Alvin B. Cruz




giving one pause caesura

             Peter Jastermsky




herbal tea—
turning over
a new leaf

             Shane Coppage




swirling autumn leaf
a spaniel watches
her owner

             Ella Aboutboul




back to the beginning a quiet christmas

              Shizuku Tsukino




walking cane —
father sweeps garbage
off mother's grave

             Kumudini Mendis




Polaris
what kind of ancestor
will I be?

              Julie Schwerin




winter sunrise
frost sparkling on the fur
of fighting jackals

              Judit Hollos




borderless birdsong

              Lorelyn Arevalo




school play —
amongst the noisy trees
a quiet lion

             Baisali Chatterjee Dutt




after rain...
the two friends
               no longer friends

             Amoolya Kamalnath




he grieves
for one who still breathes

              Dominic Willis




crescent moon
vanishes at dawn
the last dream

              Giuliana Ravaglia




shivering in the bunker
a child asks
what is war

              Padma Rajeswari




the outbreak
of break-ins
at her place

               Kathabela Wilson




winter thaw...
flower pots slowly fill
with stars

                Suraja Menon Roychowdhury




spotted butterfly ...
counting these flaws
in a changing me

                  Vani Sathyanarayan




winter rain
the niece paints
a still life

               Mircea Moldovan





temple bells
the forest still
resounds...

          Padmasiri Jayathilaka









haikuDrishti - The Observation





snow day -
classroom learning goes down
a slippery slope

              Bonnie J Scherer




mom's necklace
I tiptoe towards
the stars

              Stephanie Zepherelli




moving train
school children wearing
hi-vis jackets

               Tuyet Van Do




they appear
they disappear -
shadows

              Antonio Mangiameli




city rubble
the child wears
a welcome mat

              Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo




Christmas of yore...
she shakes the snow globe
to make a wish

              Steliana Voicu




an old vagrant
chewing her roti . . .
the waning moon

              Suraj Nanu




my ID scanning—
the security agent
nods his head

              Suzanne Leaf-Brock




doctor's office -
a bitten apple
in every selfie

             Ana Drobot




autumn in Gaza
—leaves of grenade
rustle in the wind

              Nket Godwin




winter evening
aroma of corn kernels pops
our giggles

               Lakshmi Iyer




a black olive
between my fingers
autumn sun

                Daniela Misso




the child caressing a dandelion
bee sting

                 Hassane Zemmouri




bumpy road
even the moon
is shaking

               Srini




so caressing
his smile...
forest moss

               Nicoletta Ignatti




the mound of snow
bounds away—
Arctic hare

              Ruth Holzer




swashing...
a river
full of horns

             Shamik Banerjee




fishing
the S-curve
of a flamingo's neck

              Joseph P. Wechselberger




feeding
the live birth guppies
her baby voice

              Randy Brooks




blue afternoon
the wilted woman
waits for the bus

              Timothy Daly




anniversary dinner
the click, click
of our chopsticks

               Chen-ou Liu




falling for you low-hanging lemons

                 Jackie Chou




slipping off
her wrinkled kimono . . .
the end of a long night

                Kathleen Trocmet




rain drops
on the water hyacinths
afternoon tea

               Susan Farner




rusty cowbell
near a muddy field
the farmer's suicide

               David Roberts




winter wedding
the rush
at carrot halwa stove

               Govind Joshi




ant column...
a dung beetle
pauses its roll

              Adjei Agyei-Baah




bus station
a kid and I kicking feet
out of time

              Tony Williams




trade wind
on the cruising boat
a rain of kapok

               Christina Chin




old underwear
in the spin cycle
autumn leaves

               John Hawkhead




origami cranes
offered to the river . . .
a silent protest

              Debbie Strange




half a word -
fingerprints on
early pottery

               Simon De Courcey




with a tap from one war to the next

                 Roberta Beach Jacobson




half-moon
my wish to feel
whole again

               Marjolein Rotsteeg




life rushes by a series of stills

                 Margaret Walker




piano keys
her crippled hands
hovering

                 Pat Davis




poppies unfold
to the marine
safely home

               Elliot Diamond




in a boat
a freshly married couple
bobbing up and down

               Guido De Pelsmaeker




family time
soup simmering
on the stove

               Sharon Martina




clothesline carousel
grandma spins her stories
out of thin air

                Barrie Levine




grief and relief
dragonflies chase each other
across the water

               Matt Robison




perfect pitch
the slant of sun
through pines

              John Pappas




zen pond by the intersection a thousand sunken swearwords

               Isabella Mori




crooked cocktail hat
her tone sharpens
as her husband nears

                Joshua St. Claire




red grapevine
on the old window
dawn sun

                Angiola Inglese




at the supermarket
cheese out of reach
of my four foot self

               Bernadette O'Reilly




patrolling the park perimeter a kookaburra

                                 Marilyn Humbert





dad's death anniversary
I gather falling leaves
in my shawl

                 Arvinder Kaur




maelstrom
in the tumbling bottle
no love letter

                 Pris Campbell




street dog
carrying storm light
into the shadows

                Joanna Ashwell




night life mouse scat by the doormat

                Cynthia Anderson




hearts on the wall -
her little hands draw the 'v'
then an 'm' on top

                 Gillena Cox




ebbing tide . . .
kid puts the thumb
back in the mouth

                 Aparna Pathak




moonlit glen
the shadows
of his half-truths

                  Kelly Sargent




in the sidewalk
trash and vegetation
fill in the blanks

                 Jerome Berglund




tired mind
breaks as the snow
pours again

                K.G. Munro




I throw a pebble
time ripples
to the other shore

              Melissa Dennison




jagged glass
what if I'm just
unlovable

               Susan Burch




silver coins
in a tight fist
grandmother night

                Robert Witmer




torn love letter
she walks over
the confetti

                Nalini Shetty




winter paddy
silhouettes still bent
at day's end

                 Neena Singh




straw flowers
I pick up from the ground
today's silence

                 Giuliana Ravaglia




past her bedtime
my niece wants to know
where fireflies sleep

                 Robert Epstein




majestic stripes
move with stealth
the hunters

                 Sue Wood




loss of memories
the road traveled
full of leaves

                Carmela Marino




west winds settle
me next to  the oleander
alight with bees

                 Laurie Kuntz




the cricket that
didn't exist ...
flashlight blink

                Allison Douglas-Tourner




she tries out
her new bathing suit
the scent of salt air

                 Anne Curran




squeezing out
the left-over toothpaste —
relationship woes

                 Mona Bedi




into the fountain
the last leaf falls -
too soft to break the sun

                  Deborah A. Bennett




easel
a wash of yellow
on the trees

                  Mike Gallagher




orange blossoms
slow circling to land
a swallowtail

                  Jharna Sanyal




the lost legal papers fog everywhere

                  Bidyutprabha Gantayat




cold moon —
untrained fingers
slicing a radish

                 Genevieve S. Aguinaldo




red ants race
on the black fence
sunrise

                 Rituraj Gogoi




medlar in bloom -
the discreet piling up
of leaves and leaves

                  Maria Teresa Sisti




all the stars
shimmering at once
black starling

                  Colette Kern




a raindrop
            in my bucket
a rainbow

                   Jan Stretch




gloomy porch...
the gleam of rain drops
on the clothesline 

                   K. Ramesh




my mum
finishing my sentence
for me

                  Mark Gilbert




plop!
the fish slipped
a fisherman slipped

                  Titilayo Matiku




primer -
little boy scratching
his head

                  Krzysztof Kokot




soundless
like a snail
this clock

           Kalyanee Arandhara




deep autumn —
a marmalade jar rotten
with baby teeth

                  Goran Gatalica




garden pond
a willow scripts
mallard sounds

                  Richard L Matta




first date
the bass tones
in his laugh

               Sue Courtney




evening mist
the becoming
of a moon

                Bhawana Rathore




first frost
the shrinking universe
of the puddle

                 Francoise Maurice




monsoon shower
a frockless lass with plantain leaf
as headgear

                     Bipasha Majumder (De)




sweetgrass tips
towards the shadowed bench
come, sit

                       Barbara Sabol




the miles we've drifted river flow

                        Scott Wiggerman




empty house
the shades
of Eucalyptus

            Padma Rajeswari




the loved ones we leave crying cicadas

                       Alvin B. Cruz




foxhole
her telescope scans
the darkness

               Lorraine Carey




cardiac ward
the irregular beat
of my flip-flops

                    Marianne Paul




some tourists
pose for a picture
war protests

               M. R. Defibaugh




shifting weather
     a cool wind spins
the porch umbrella

                   Eavonka Ettinger




eating snow
the sniper calls 
his rifle baby

             Myron Lysenko




holding her breath a child's last balloon

                     Peter Jastermsky




all we do
is fight—
troll farm

          Shane Coppage




tiny ruler
from Grandpa's pocket
the length of his smile

                Kimberly Kuchar




tea with milk
mom always wanted
to know

                Ella Aboutboul




red leaves on a bare tree shadow

                  Shizuku Tsukino




sushi bar aquarium
the octopus and I
plotting our escapes

                  Mike Fainzilber




clattering rocks
the delicate dance
of an ibex

                  Jay Friedenberg




fresh chrysanthemums
my old mom's disheveled hair
in the morning

                  Nazarena Rampini




at the dining table
of daughter's doll house
oh...! another mother

                  Kumuduni Mendis




silence
solitude
stars
slipping 
away

                 Julie Schwerin




stretching out
the word patience . . .
mountain stream

                 C. X. Turner




rainy day -
only one umbrella stops
by the forsythia

                   Tomislav Maretic




mirrored sea
a red-haired girl skips
the tideline

                   Ron C. Moss




war night
the dreamcatcher's net
heavy with moonbeams

                Judit Hollos




morning fog
hungover
hangover

               Lorelyn Arevalo




winter chill
gran exhales
all her summers

              Baisali Chatterjee Dutt




uninvited guest
all the shrimps in the aquarium
                       hidden

                  Amoolya Kamalnath




mancala -
my parents sort medicines
into pill boxes

                 Gordon Gearhart 





the clink
in your glass
snow moon

           B. L. Bruce









haikuJyoti - The Third Eye





sun-bleached photos
my grandparents fade
into each other

                 Gordon Gearhart




winter evening still on the trail of the cowherd's cow

                   Amoolya Kamalnath




phantom pain
he loves me
he loves me not

                 Lorelyn Arevalo




woodsmoke
dissipating spirals
of a double helix

                Suraja Menon Roychowdhury




fossilized footprint
      coming back to me
on the peak

                  Kathabela Wilson




change of tide
a horseshoe crab's telson
flips over the sun

                  Judit Hollos




moon-bleached wind this night becoming

                   Ron C. Moss




star gazing
the lingering scent
of jasmine

                Naomi G. Tangonan




pilgrimage
our local beggar
also on the train

                  Tomislav Maretic




pulling it to the grave
the heaviness
of a secret

                Elizabeth Crocket




winter blizzard
feathers of rooks
turn white

                 Malgorzata Formanowska




half-empty Old Spice
the scent
of his absent presence

                  Baisali Chatterjee Dutt




tree split—
the longer nights
spent alone

                  C. X. Turner




river
         dam

grief
    repairing

each


         breach


                Julie Schwerin




needle eye
smaller than it used to be?
asks grandma

                   Kumuduni Mendis




long pause -
the breath of trees
under the snow

                  Nazarena Rampini




simmering magma
the viscosity
of her anger

                  Jay Friedenberg




snail at the dojo gate
it also follows
the Way

                Mike Fainzilber




winter blues
wave after wave
of "we should've..."

                  Shizuku Tsukino




hunter's moon
fishing for bigger
than life

                Ella Aboutboul




rockeries...
where ducks were nesting
wild violets

                 Maya Daneva




leaf pile
grandad and grandson
scatter the years

                 Kimberly Kuchar




until it isn't     peace

                   Shane Coppage



heated moments consulting a new dragon

                    Peter Jastermsky




the rise
and fall of oligarchs...
spring clean

                     Myron Lysenko




winter sun
mosquito bites
still not healed

                   Eavonka Ettinger




she lights the candle with the light from another prayer

                      M. R. Defibaugh




midnight doomscrolling
the deep space
between snowflakes

                      Marianne Paul




flowering cacti
grown-ups remember
prickly aunts

                     Lorraine Carey




fresh sushi
on mikawachi yaki
blue bamboo forest

                 Rob McKinnon




letter from home
opening the jars
of spices

                 Alvin B. Cruz




white noise
wings of egrets
over the ice

                   Scott Wiggerman




the ceiling fan's
rhythmic pulse
missyou   missyou   missyou

                    Barbara Sabol




the end
of a five-year war . . .
cancer free
 
        Valentina Ranaldi-Adams




everything far away
shines through
autumn mist

     Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo




tentative snowfall
dreams of festivity
rise early for work

                  DJ Tyrer




deep autumn
the black and white of magpies
shake the light

                    Francoise Maurice




river sound
the 'I' in me
slowly dissolves

                  Bhawana Rathore




hoar frost
the way he rolls
his Rs

                 Sue Courtney




coming my way
romance and money...
today's horoscope

                  Wanda Amos



crackle of leaves
one more broken vein
in his outstretched hand

                   Richard L Matta




one family
divides the rays
of the sun

                  Zvonko Jurcevic




ongoing war —
my mouth
full of ash

               Goran Gatalica




night of fireflies
I need
to cheer up

               Kalyanee Arandhara




Venus in the sky -
a baby has finished suckling
mother's breast

                 Krzysztof Kokot




between the rainbow
and the child
a dancing kite

                 Padmasiri Jayathilaka




revisiting
a lifetime of memories
monarch butterflies

                 Douglas J. Lanzo




rushing motion
an egg rolls towards
the precipice

                 Mark Gilbert




fading evening light...
the munia returns with
a grass blade

                 K. Ramesh




unknown gravesite
overgrown
Japanese maple

                 Diane Funston




relief in the silence of a siren

                  Jan Stretch




time grows old -
the autumn wind
never the same

                  Maria Teresa Sisti




first light
from behind the pines
the hens wake

                    B. L. Bruce




a butcher swats  flies
misses—
maneki-neko

                  Genevieve S. Aguinaldo



eye donation
looking for mom
in her

             Bidyutprabha Gantayat




toothless gums
the smell of clove
in gran's pillow

                Jharna Sanyal




the bush shakes
at the waterfront...
morning glory

               Thomas Landgraf




no destination
never lost -
blackbirds in the field

               Deborah A. Bennett




refusing
to lower my standards
writer's block

               Mona Bedi




would-be suitor
whispers sweet nothings
into the breeze

                Anne Curran




sticks and bones
Raven's building pile

                Allison Douglas-Tourner




bullfinches
appear and disappear
mountain ash

                Wieslaw Karlinski




dogs howl
at the rainbow
caught inside a squall

               Laurie Kuntz




stone moon
the shadow of a secret
remains afloat

                Carmela Marino




ornate jewels
light the forest path
toadstool

                 Sue Wood




pink slip —
I need the shelter
of another pine

                Robert Epstein




tanabeta -
the words never said
to the stars

                 Giuliana Ravaglia




a shooting star
we wish for love
fortieth anniversary

                 Neena Singh




airstriking
a lullaby held back
in a flash

                  Nalini Shetty




dust
on the windowsill
a schoolboy writes her name 

                  Robert Witmer




sinking
sun
I guess
we are
just
friends

            Susan Burch




winter flock
thankful
for the tree's welcome

               Melissa Dennison




Santa Claus
eats just one cookie
inflation

               K.G. Munro




daddy long-legs
and mama long-legs:
power couple

                    Jerome Berglund




warm sunshine
songs of yesteryears
oiling the ears

                 Hla Yin Mon




midwinter kisses
in the driveway
breath on breath

                  Kelly Sargent




trial separation
his handwriting
begins  to slant

                  Aparna Pathak




the dendrobium
loses another flower
autumn chill

                    Alfred Booth




howling
without a moon
bulldog wind

                 Cynthia Anderson




retirement home-
grandmother takes care
of one's appearance

                  Angela Giordano



broken sails
cast adrift
without you

               Joanna Ashwell




slumber party
my dead friends once dreamed
of endless futures

               Pris Campbell




kohl smudges
a lonely smoke cloud
near the crescent

                Arvinder Kaur




shadows lengthen
the gaggle of school kids
emerge into sunshine

                  Marilyn Humbert




clouds...
the clarity
in the sky

            Angiola Inglese




object permanence
my son doodles
his uncle's wheelchair

                   Joshua St. Claire




stirring matcha sea gulls circle in my bowl

                  Marilyn Ashbaugh




your voice in my head . . .
as swallows
fly south

                  Sarah Das Gupta



clouded saffron
she pulls her sari
out of the puddle 

                     Isabella Mori





crow
by crow
night falls

                 John Pappas




on a pink post-it
on the refrigerator
his death poem

                   Mark Meyer




the moon
through willow leaves
one leopard frog

                   Matt Robison




harvest fair
the chestnut cart returns
with my childhood 

                    Barrie Levine




second summer followed by a semicolon

                      Sharon Martina




grandpa uncorks
a bottle of wine -
the plop

            Guido De Pelsmaeker




with each turn
of a prayer bead
hope

             Rupa Anand




to where the dove can fly

                     Elliot Diamond




custard apple seeds
close yet distant
roots of family

                   Nitu Yumnam




when no one remembers when

                   Margaret Walker




the country lane
crosses
war cemeteries

                Marjolein Rotsteeg




feeling the drips watercolor sky

                       Roberta Beach Jacobson




prognosis in print -
his annual walk
to the headland

                 Simon De Courcey




hydroponic garden
every strawberry
a lantern

                Debbie Strange




working through grief
so many shades of black
in crow feathers

                     John Hawkhead




December
ice thick enough
to slide this stone

                     Bryan Rickert