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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kia kaha!

For all those who are struggling but continue to fight on . . .

just out of town
beside the railway track
this one poppy

Monday, November 18, 2013

Given an ordinary stone . . .

The New Zealand Poetry Society 2013 Anthology, Given an ordinary stone, edited by Owen Bullock, was launched over the weekend in Wellington. You can order your copy here.

The anthology includes the winning poems from the NZPS International Competitions, including the Haiku Junior Section I judged, as well as other poems and haiku selected by the author from the remaining entries.

This year I won 5th Prize in the Open Haiku Section, judged by Nola Borrell, with:

drifting evensong
pine needles cloistered
in fresh snow

This appears in the book, along with my Commended placing:

full morning moon
cows chew their way
through the fog

I look forward to receiving my copy and reading all the poems from 2013! I'm sure it will be an inspiration. :-)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dark Days

knowing that haiku
are all around me
but these dark days
I'm just too lost
to find them

                        A Hundred Gourds 2:4 September 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ten Years Tanka

ten years too late
I've translated the Italian
he wrote me that Christmas
I await your presence
in Soave soon . .

                        A Hundred Gourds 2:4 September 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My November Calendar Page

(click on image to enlarge)
This shot was taken about this time last year just down the road from where I live. The haiku appeared in The Heron's Nest volume XV, number 1 (March 2013). Love this page! :-)

You can find other pages from my 2013 Calendar of Haiku & Photography here, and the 2012 one here. Enjoy!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mindful Writing Day 2013 -- my small stone

with the weight of the day I find my mind has crumbled
somewhere, the wail of a peacock, the clock's tick
and a dream awaits it's place in my journal

A FREE gift: The latest anthology of small stones, A Blackbird Sings, will be free on kindle on the 1st and 2nd of November.

Find out about Mindful Writing Day and small stones, brought to you by Satya Robyn. You can post your small stone here.